5 Family Home Evening Memories from the Apostles

This year marks the 100th anniversary of family home evening in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1915, the First Presidency of the Church encouraged members to set apart one night per week for teaching children the gospel:

“… (W)e 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. They may thus learn more fully the needs and requirements of their families, at the same time familiarizing themselves and their children more thoroughly with the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This home evening should be devoted to prayer, singing hymns, songs, instrumental music, scripture reading, family topics and specific instruction on the principles of the gospel and on the ethical problems of life, as well as the duties and obligations of children to parents, the home, the Church, society and the nation.”

After 100 years, Church leaders continue to counsel members to engage in family home evening. Here’s what five members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have said about family home evening:

1. Elder David A. Bednar — “At times Sister Bednar and I were exasperated.”

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