A great way to share and increase love in a family for Valentines Day or just because.
- Review For the Strength of Youth on Family
- Review General Conference talk More Diligent and Concerned at Home. Pay special attention to Suggestion #1: Express Love and Show It
- Review these great ideas for writing love letters to your family from about.com and markmerrill.com
- Opening Song: Love at Home, Hymn #294
Have someone read the section on Families in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.
As a family, try to find areas related to “love”. Several sentences include the word love, but also look for statements where love is an underlying principle.
For example, in the first paragraph we read “Your family can provide you with companionship and happiness, help you learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere, and help you prepare for eternal life.” Happy companionships are built upon love. The things we teach our children are taught out of love and are best learned in a loving environment. And eternal life is based on the love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Share comments from Elder Bednar’s talk and emphasize the importance of sharing love within your family.
From Elder Bednar’s talk we read:
We should remember that saying “I love you” is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.
President Thomas S. Monson recently counseled: “Often we assume that [the people around us] must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. … We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us” (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 86).
Discuss ways that you can share more love within your family. Writing love letters is a great idea and use the links in the preparation section for some tips on writing effective love letters to discuss with your family.
As our family shares love letters for Valentines Day, Faith in God, Personal Progress, or just because, we’ve seen they are often cherished by the recipient. Sometimes they are hung on the wall, stuffed in a journal, or tucked away on the shelf serving as a constant reminder that their family loves them.
Make a love letter mailbox for your family or have everyone make their own mailbox and place it by the door to their room. Then throughout the week, write love notes to each other and deliver them to the mailbox. This makes for a fun Valentines Day craft, but can be done anytime during the year as well.
Love mail supply list:
- Empty oatmeal container
- Red square lid from a 20 oz Sunmaid raisin’s box (or something similar)
- 1 paper fastener to attach mail box flag
- Scissors and Metal compass (for the sharp point on the end)
Other optional supplies
- Adhesives: (differs with different decorations) packing tape, scotch tape, glue dots, glue gun.
- Paper punches
- Paper cutters
- Decorations: card stock, paper, doilies, felt, pipe cleaners, ribbon, stickers
First, take off the nutritional info paper around the oatmeal container for a clean surface to decorate.
Decide what you will use to cover your container. I chose 2 sheets of red cardstock. I taped part of it down with heavy-duty packing tape and then wrapped it around and secured it on the other side. It didn’t quite cover my whole container so I cut another section from the second sheet and taped it on.
Next, draw out a mail box flag on the red raisin lid and cut it out. Poke a hole about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the oatmeal container and a hole in the flag arm with the metal compass point. Attach flag to oatmeal container with a paper fastener.
Then, take the oatmeal lid and draw long and thin rectangle for letters to slide through. To cut the lid without cutting through the edge, fold the plastic lid in half to make a cut in the middle of the rectangle. Then insert the scissors into the cut to finish cutting out the long rectangle.
Decorate your mailbox to represent the person or holiday you are making it for.
We are sure your family will enjoy finding mail in their mail box. Be sure to share this idea with your friends for Valentines Day.