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What is Family Home Evening and

Since 1915, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to hold a weekly family night. In October 1970, the Church officially designated Monday night as family night and supports the program by holding no other activities on this night. The idea of weekly family night is sound advice for families of all faiths. Here are some of the blessings promised by LDS church leaders.

“We advise and urge the inauguration of a home evening throughout the church, at which time fathers and mothers may gather their boys and girls about them in the home and teach them the word of the Lord…If the Saints obey this counsel, we promise that great blessings will result. Love at home and obedience to parents will increase. Faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat the evil influences and temptations which beset them.” – President Joseph F. Smith is one of many resources available to strengthen families through FHE lessons, family traditions, and other helpful advice for strengthening families. This is not an official site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read more about our website at About Family Home Evening night. We hope our lessons, traditions, and activity ideas will benefit individuals and families everywhere. Many of our ideas are focused on building family unity and encouraging family discussion.

How do I conduct Family Home Evening lessons?

If you are just getting started with family home evening traditions or struggling to develop the regular habit in your home, we recommend you review How to plan Family Home Evenings in six easy steps.

We also encourage you to review the Family Home Evening Resource book from

The Family Home Evening Resource Book has two major goals: to build family unity and to teach gospel principles…Unlike former family home evening manuals, this book gives ideas and activities that can be used without repetition by your family for many years. Use this book to create your own lessons most of the time, meeting your own family’s needs. Each section of this book can help you if you will use it for its intended purpose.

If you already hold regular family home evenings, but are looking to get more out of this important time together, review 36+ Ideas for More Meaningful Family Home Evenings.

Everyone in the family can benefit by preparing lessons or spiritual thoughts. Get started by reviewing How to Give a Talk – the Basics for quick lesson ideas.

Be sure to check out our lessons page for many more ideas.

What else can I do to strengthen our family?

Everyone can benefit from building upon a sure foundation. Review 5 Principles of a firm foundation to build your family on the Rock of our Redeemer.

There is a purpose for living on this earth and we are responsible for how we use our time. To instill this idea in our family we focus on goals and goal setting quite often in our home. Review Why We Set Goals, Stay on Target with these Goal Setting Tips, Goal Setting and the Emotional Cycle of Change, and Celebrating Progress with Goal Parties for some great ideas to start and improve goal setting in your home.

There are also many resources available for purchase. We strongly recommend Teaching your Children Values. We’ve also included other family strengthening recommendations having proved their worth in our home. Yes, these are affiliate links for products on Purchasing them by clicking a link on our site will give you the same price as if you searched them out on your own. We receive a very small percentage of the purchase price helping offset the cost of hosting this website.

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