What is Family Home Evening

Leaders of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints have instructed members to set aside Monday night as "family home evening." This is a time for families to study the gospel together and to do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create family memories, and increase unity and love. To learn more visit this website.

Why Family Home Evening

"I wonder if having unplanned and infrequent family home evenings will be enough to fortify ourselves and our children with sufficient moral strength to meet the complexities of our day. Infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm ourselves and our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which we live. Where in the world will we learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but teaching them in family home evening can be particularly consistent and effective. To combat the world's evil influences, we need the strength that comes from family home evening."

James E. Faust, “Enriching Our Lives through Family Home Evening,” Ensign, Jun 2003, 2–6

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dating Basket

For the young women who are moving from Mia Maides to Laurels I created this dating basket. All of the contents are dating related. For instance, there is the Kissing Poem.

Then, there is the other fun stuff. (I had found this online) I didn't use them all. Here are the tags I used to make it.

1. Two dates (wrapped in saran warp) -"Double date, it's twice as fun."

2. Gum - "Eternity is a long time to be married, be Chewsy."

3. Small bar of soap - "Be morally clean - Keep yourself and your thoughts pure and clean."

4. Sucker - "Don't be a sucker for the temptations of Satan." OR Avoid all Immoral and Suggestive Materials and Entertainment - "Lick temptations! Don't participate in activities that aren't appropriate."

5. Ruler (or cut up measuring tape) - "How does he measure up? Choose now to only date young men who "Measure up" to high standards."

6. Eraser - "Repentance is like an eraser, it rubs out wrongs."

7. Hershey Kisses - "Save your hugs and kisses for someone special."

8. Tootsie Pop (with different color wrappers than the flavors) "Don't judge by outward appearances."

9. Frog Sticker or plastic toy frog- "You have to date a lot of frogs before you find Prince Charming."

10. Ring Pops (or play rings) - "Beware of Imitations - Date young men who are honest in thought, word, and action."

11. Candle - "Let your light shine - be an example in your appearance, speech and actions."

12. Now & Later candy - "What you do 'now' will affect what happens 'later' - make temple marriage your goal."

I printed out 7 articles (enough to cover the seven YW values).

I folded them and put them into the Seed Template packets. I had to fold them four times length wise, then in half to fit them into the envelope.

Finally, there was the Candy Bar Men. I clipped them together using silver rings, a white ribbon and groom or bride wedding rings all found in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby.

Finally, I took little flowers, one each of the YW
value colors and tied them together with their own wires and placed them into the basket, too.