Monday, September 19, 2011

FHE Lessons from the Family Proclamation

It's another "Celebrate Family 2011" blog hop - this time with ideas for FHE lessons relating to the Family Proclamation. There are some wonderful suggestions, so if you're looking for new ideas for family night lessons (and I am constantly), I'm sure you'll find something that you can adapt. Have fun surfing!Here are the ideas from the four blogs sponsoring the party:
Memorizing the Proclamation

Here are a few posts of family nights we've done in the past that relate to principles taught in The Family: A Proclamation to the World:
Repentance and the Atonement

Finally, while cleaning out the closets this summer I came across a little pamphlet that one of the boys brought home from his mission. It was something that the Murray Utah South Stake put together about 10 years ago - a series of ten family night lessons taken from the Proclamation. I've been wanting to go through it and adapt it for our family, and eventually I'll do that (probably on my Whisperings of the Spirit blog), but it needs to wait for the proper season. Each lesson contains hymn suggestions, scriptures, Ensign articles, quotes from general authorities and/or discussion questions. I'm looking forward to taking the time to study them. However, for those of you who want to do your own study now, here are the ten subjects:
  • Marriage is Ordained of God
  • Divine Nature
  • The Plan of Salvation and Happiness
  • God's Plan for Parenthood
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • The Responsibilities of Parents
  • Finding Happiness in Family Life
  • The Roles of Fathers and Mothers
  • Why We Must Fulfill Our Responsibilities
  • Promoting Measures that Strengthen the Family
One of the references used repeatedly is a talk that President Henry B. Eyring gave soon after the proclamation was given. (It can be found in the February 1998 Ensign.) I loved these thoughts:

The title of the proclamation on the family reads: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World—The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Three things about the title are worth our careful reflection. First, the subject: the family. Second, the audience, which is the whole world. And third, those proclaiming it are those we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. All this means that the family must be of tremendous importance to us, that whatever the proclamation says could help anyone in the world, and that the proclamation fits the Lord’s promise when he said, “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38).


This is truly an inspired document, and definitely worthy of a few family night lessons. Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas. And have fun teaching and enjoying and loving your families.

2 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to see the lessons...but in the meantime, this will be a wonderful way to do a personal study of the FP. Thank you! (So how do you know Julie White?)

JRoberts said...

I LOVE lists! :) Awesome list of FHE ideas. Thank you so much for linking up.