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12/21/10 3:36 P

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Today was the last day of school until the New Year for our daughter, Kayari. So we let her stay up an hour past bedtime, and spent hours playing Mario Party 8. LOL; the game is a blast! I am plotting and planning for next week already though.

I'm talk to Kayari about the story of Christ walking on water; talk about the point of the story,etc. Then issue a challenge to all three of us to make something from scratch that can "walk" on water. No paper, no bowls, no bottle of shampoo...nothing that we already KNOW can float. Has to be from scratch and everyone's own idea. The winner gets to pick which of the three of us says the prayer for the evening; it's a game with the three of us to play rock/paper/scissors to decide who says the family prayer before bedtime. LOL.

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7/12/10 2:42 P

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As my ward's SA leader- I am issuing a challenge to read the BOM in 100 days for our FHE tonight I provided the tools to do it- found on the www.ideadoor.com. This is an amazing site for the Saints to gather FHE ideas, coloring books, Conference Jeopardy, etc!
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6/21/10 9:45 A

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My 4 year old daughter wants to go to the college football field and play football for FHE tonight. We did it a couple of weeks ago and had a blast!

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6/14/10 1:15 P

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My husband's sister is in town, so we'll be meeting her, her husband, and their new baby girl for dinner.

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6/7/10 2:57 P

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We are going to do an extended family bike ride on Saturday, so we are going to have a lesson on "being prepared". We will tune up all of our bikes etc.
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5/25/10 12:01 P

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We did a lesson on The Brother of Jared. I found an awesome website and used the information found there.

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2/1/10 10:01 A

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It is funny you said family history. I have been working on mine quite a bit lately. Last night there was a Stake fireside for our YM & YW and their parents about this summers upcoming pioneer trek they are going on. I had all ready been thinking about this but it certainly cemmented that tonight I am going to take a family history of one of my pioneer ancestors and that will be our lesson for tonight. I haven't picked who yet but I will after the children are off to school.

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2/1/10 8:41 A

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Tonight I think will be a night working on family history. What are your plans?

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Lots of fun replies here. My husband & I are empty nesters also, and we have really struggled with doing FHE together that is actually FHE, not just a prayer after Antiques Roadshow and before the snack. I hope we will start studying PREACH MY GOSPEL together. We do attend a monthly Empty-Nesters FHE for the ward. It meets at a different couple's home each month. Just a lesson, a snack and lots of visiting. It's nice because I work in the nursery, and don't get to see people much.

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1/12/10 9:08 P

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Being a single Sistah I used to host "friendly" home evening with my friends before I went on my mission. When I came home we tried to keep it going but it was hard because all my friends got married then i got a job working nights so it doesn't work well now but I just wanted to pass the idea along to others who might be single like me with no family around and was looking for a way to get something going. Its always fun to do!!

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1/12/10 12:43 A

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Our FHE was at a sister in my wards home, and she invites all from our stake! emoticon typically; however, about 15 show, and we have a nice time together with a themed dinner & tonight was Italian. Our message was how the Apostles led their lives, and then we compared our lives today to them, which was interesting.



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1/11/10 10:41 P

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We did our lesson out of the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens book and then I showed them the book I got from my dad and then we played yatzee. We also talked about a new plan we are going to try. We are going to have each of the children make dinner now 1 night a week. They need to plan ahead and let us know what we need to get for their meals by Sun. night so I can get anything they need for their meals by the night they cook. They can have me or dad help with cooking but they will basically be in charge of making the dinner and we will just be helping them with things they don't know so they can learn how to cook and how to cook healthy.

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1/11/10 10:03 P

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Phew! We BARELY got it in tonight! My kids are all still pretty young (agew 4-11), so we keep it short and sweet. My 8 year old has been DYING to give a lesson, so we let her read a story from this month's Friend (The Candy Ball) and then talked about it. Its a story about a little girl who sneaks some candy and goes into the bathroom to eat it where no one can see her. She tries to throw the candy in the air and catch it in her mouth and it gets lodged in her throat and she starts to choke. She prays for help, her dad finds her and saves her and he says he heard a voice tell him to go find his daughter and help her. And the lesson my kids gleaned from this? Don't throw candy in the air and catch it in your mouth. Daddy and I managed to pull a somewhat more spiritual message about honesty and listening to the Holy Ghost and how we learn from difficult experiences. However, I'm guessing they'll remember the first lesson better!

Then we ate cupcakes and read the scriptures. We are in 2nd Nephi and my 6 year old asks after every verse -- "What does that mean?" Oy! Isaiah wasn't meant for Primary kids!

We were given a nice FHE job chart for Christmas and the kids are SO excited to have their names beneath their jobs that there is NO WAY we are going to miss FHE for quite a while!

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Enjoyed reading this thread.

My hubby and I are empty nesters, and also, with my husband being bishop, a lot of times our FHE gets interrupted with phone calls (yes, ward members DO still call on monday nights!).

So, for the last year or so, we have been going to a neighbor's house. It started when the wife started taking the missionary discussions and the elders asked if we would attend with them. The lessons were on Monday nights, so it worked out well. Once she was baptized, my husband and son (who was living with us at the time preparing for his mission) became their home teachers, and we just kept going on Monday nights for the New Member discussions.

Once our son left on his mission, we found it easy to just keep going. It's actually only about twice a month, because on the first Monday we have an obligation to the Stake Singles FHE, and usually something comes up at least one other night, but the other times we go and discuss lessons we had or talks we heard the day before, or address questions they have, or prepare for conferences. That's what we'll be doing tonight - discussing next week's Ward Conference theme and going over the scriptures associated with it.

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During the Christmas holidays all of my family came to visit. Other than play in the snow, the activity that my oldest Grandchild, age 4 wanted to do was to play hide-and-go-seek.
She, and her brother and cousins and I, (yes Gramma played with the kids rather than talked with the adults) played hide-and-go-seek.

The other day I was reading the January Ensign and the very last page was a story about Hide-and-Go-Seek.

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I am going to include in this month's family newsletter a story about Gramma playing hide and go seek with the grandkids, and then tell their parents about this article. I will suggest a good idea for FHE would be to have a rousing game of hide and go seek and once they are ready to quit call the family back into the room and read to them from the scriptures Jeremiah 29:12-14Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the Lord."

For the rest of the evening in language that pre-schooler would understand talk about how we search for Heavenly Father- we pray, and how we know when Heavenly Father has been found, we are happy inside and we are no longer afraid. etc.

Just and idea that I am going to send to my children.


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1/11/10 3:26 P

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We found that low structure and short was best with the younger kids...and the teens too. We start with a song, a prayer, spend a few minutes reviewing the calendar for the week. Then we'll have a 5-10 minute lesson...depends on the discussion we get going. It may be longer than that if we really get interested and going good. We just play it by ear. Sometimes we play a game. Other times we don't. Sometimes the kids will have concerts and things on Monday nights and we attend those as a family for FHE. We don't do a treat because the kids like to make cookies on Sunday. We end with a song and prayer.

We also found that we can be a bit lax on reverence in FHE. The kids are free to wiggle a bit and make a little noise. We laugh and goof off here and there. One of the favorites is for our daughter to lead us in "Love One Another" because she does the sign language actions. Then we do everything she does...including a few extra movements like patting her head or whatever she throws in. Our oldest's friends have attended FHE with us and have commented on how much fun we have and how relaxed it is.

Another thing that works for us is to address issues as they come up. We don't want FHE to become a drudgery because we're always harping on them. There are some issues and topics that are better when not addressed in home evening, just as there are certain things that don't work well in sacrament meeting. So, as needed we have other family meetings as the need arises and reserve family home evening for a fun time together as a family.

Basically, we've always felt that if the goal of having a good time together as a family was reached our family home evening was a success.

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We are going to watch Chariots of Fire. My son has a Humanities test to get ready for.

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I'm single with no kids so honestly I struggle having FHE for just me...right now I'm involved with a play that practices on Monday nights...so I'm counting that...but I'll also read an ensign article before I go to bed...

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1/11/10 1:16 P

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last night was our fhe and we watched the movie fireproof. not an lds film but christian based and had an amazing storyline and plot. recomend it to everyone

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1/11/10 10:52 A

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Lately my home teaching/new member lessons have been scheduled as FHE for his family so I go there but otherwise it's just me and some reading.

However, my home teacher was just called as our new bishop so I think I might get new home teachers now. So I don't know what will happen in the near future.

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1/11/10 10:39 A

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For my youngest kids we break out the play dough and let them sculpt through out the lesson. It helps them stay involved. We also invite new families a couple of times a month. That has helped my teens stay focused and pleasant.

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1/11/10 10:26 A

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My ward has an empty nester's FHE group but I have no plans. It isn't all that big on my list. I do scripture study daily, so that doesn't change. Perhaps the dog and I will take a walk for an activity.

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We have been going through Sean Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. We take a few weeks for each chapter because even with teens and preteens you need to keep it short and simple. My dh and I get a lot out of the book and we hope the children do too. I bought the work book that goes with it and we each have a notebook we keep with the book to go over the practices in the notebook.

I just got back from my grandma's funeral and came back with some family photos and a history book that includes family pictures. I think tonight we will also look at that and the children also got a late Christmas gift, Yatzee, which they opened so maybe we will play that too.

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1/11/10 9:35 A

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My kids are still pretty young so our FHE isn't that long or structured, but we take turns picking out a picture from the Gospel Art Picture Kit and telling the story of the picture, then we have a jar with activities on slips of paper and someone picks one out. Activities include putting together a puzzle, playing Chutes and Ladders or Memory, or going for a walk if the weather is nice.

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I thought I would start a thread where we could help each other with Family Home Evening.

Do you have a good idea for FHE that you would like to share? Please do so,

Do you have a need in your family that needs to be addressed, but not quite sure how to make a FHE lesson on that subject? Post it, and maybe someone else has a good idea on how to make a lesson on that topic

What about fun games and activities for FHE

Post a good recipe for a FHE treat

How do you handle FHE if you are single, an emptynester, going to college, etc. We can all learn from each other.

Now what are your plans for FHE tonight?

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