I love it when I remember to do this! This past week, I remembered to use the Come Follow Me section of the Liahona, the magazine for adults of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for our Family Home Evening. This section always has object lessons to go with the Come, Follow Me readings of the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church.
I thought this lesson was particularly powerful, to learn about about what makes a strong foundation for a church. One cup didn’t hold up more than one book, but with five other cups and a platform (an old cookie sheet) to distribute the weight, it was amazing to see how many books the cups could hold! Three thick dictionaries plus more! We had fun seeing how many books we could pile on, then we talked about what each cup could represent in foundation of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, including Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and priesthood power.
I’m also remembering to have Family Home Evenings on Sunday nights. With my husband’s new job since moving, he’s been working late every night, 6 days a week. Lately I’ve had FHE without him on Mondays. Then it’s been a struggle on Sundays to get our traditional husband/wife family executive planning meeting in and mentor meetings with my children. I finally figured it out! I will do Family Home Evening on Sunday nights when DH is home, then on Monday nights when he’s not here I will do the mentor meetings with my kiddos.
Mentor meetings are where I sit down with them individually, pray with them, talk about their big goals. We also talk about their plans for the week and how they are doing spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. We talk about how they are doing in each of those four areas. (I was already talking about these categories with my children before the Children and Youth program, so when the change happened, I felt like it was just for me, to accommodate what I’d been doing for 10+ years. Can I just say, Yay, that there’s no more Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Church! I’ve been doing a happy dance ever since that was announced! My life is so much simpler!)