Family Home Evening
We must be involved in a good and a righteous cause. We must see through the glass
clearly, with an objective look at ourselves and families so as not to be caught in the
second great calamitous worldwide flood that is even now all around us. It has been
prophesied that the faithful will win this great war, that they will triumphantly rise up
to meet the Lord Jesus Christ at the time of His second coming. The prescription
for this victory includes daily individual and family prayers with a family home evening
at least weekly. You may say, "I don't have time." Brothers and
sisters, you simply cannot afford not to take the time. It is amazing how much time
suddenly becomes available with the television off. This prescription continues the same
as it has always been--keep the commandments; follow the prophets; read, understand, and
even ponder the scriptures.
Elder Durrel A. Woolsey (Gen Conf Oct 1995)
Take seriously your responsibility to teach the gospel to your family through regular
family home evening, family prayer, devotional and scripture-reading time, and other
teaching moments. Give special emphasis to preparation for missionary service and temple
marriage. As patriarch in the home, exercise your priesthood through performing the
appropriate ordinances for your family and by giving blessings to your wife and children.
Next to your own salvation, brethren, there is nothing so important to you as the
salvation of your wife and children.
Pres. Howard W. Hunter (Gen Conf Oct 1994)
As we faithfully hold quality family home evenings, we "will gain strength to
withstand the temptations of the world and will receive many blessings which will help
qualify [us] to enjoy [our] families through eternity in the Celestial Kingdom" (the
First Presidency, Family Home Evening, manual, 1978, p. 2). If the prophet bid us do some
great thing for so great a blessing, would we do it? Holding regular family home evening
is such a small thing we can do to obtain these great blessings.
Elder Rex D. Pinegar (Gen Conf Oct 1994)
Years ago the Church admonished all parents to hold weekly family home evenings. Today
that admonition has been institutionalized in the homes of Church members. Monday night
has been set aside as an evening for families to be together. No Church activities or
social appointments should be sponsored on this night. We have been promised great
blessings if our families would be faithful in this regard.
Elder L. Tom Perry (Gen Conf April 1994)
"Now keep in mind this; that when the full measure of Elijah's mission is
understood, that the hearts of the children will be turned to the fathers, and the fathers
to the children. It applies just as much on this side of the veil as it does on the other
side of the veil. If we neglect our families here in holding family home night and we fail
in our responsibility here, how would it look if we lost some of those through our own
neglect? Heaven would not be heaven until we have done everything we can to save those
whom the Lord has sent through our lineage. So, the hearts of you fathers and mothers must
be turned to your children right now, if you have the true spirit of Elijah, and not think
that it applies merely to those who are beyond the veil. Let your hearts be turned to your
children, and teach your children; but you must do it when they are young enough to be
properly schooled. And if you are neglecting your family home evening, you are neglecting
the beginning of the mission of Elijah."
Pres. Harold B. Lee (RS Course of Study, 1977)
"Designed to strengthen and safeguard the family, the Church's [family] home
evening program establishes one night each week that is to be set apart for fathers and
mothers to gather their sons and daughters around them in the home. Prayer is offered,
hymns and other songs are sung, scriptures are read, family topics are discussed, talent
is displayed, principles of the gospel are taught, and often games are played and homemade
Pres. Ezra Taft Benson (Philippine Area Conference, 1975)
In 1915 President Joseph F. Smith asked the people of the Church to have family home
Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
The ideal way to transform your home into a house of learning is to hold family home
evening faithfully. The Church has reserved Monday evening for that purpose. In 1915, the
First Presidency instructed local leaders and parents to inaugurate a home evening, a time
when parents should teach their families the principles of the gospel. The Presidency
wrote: "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 influence and
temptations which beset them."
Pres. Joseph F. Smith