“The poorest shack in which love prevails over a united family is of far greater value to God and future humanity than any other riches. In such a home God can work miracles, and will work miracles. Pure hearts in a pure home are always in whispering distance of Heaven.”
David O. McKay Church News, Sept.7, 1968
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Friday, May 17, 2013

family stewardship committees

“…ye will teach them to love one another and to serve one another.” Mosiah 4:15

One idea is to give each member of your family stewardship over an area of the spiritual part of your family and home. Each child becomes chair for that committee, and the goal is to meet in family council (click here for family council ideas) and allow time for each committee chairperson to report on what he/she is planning for his/her committee to do, co-ordinate with the other chairpersons and combine efforts as needed or desired, and request help and/or resources to carry out the plans. What a great way to promote teamwork, make family council similar to ward council, and learn to help and serve each other!

One idea is to post the committees with goals listed. You could invite the children decorate their "committee cards" and post them where they can be seen, referenced, and reviewed. These can be used for family council.

Family home evening is a social and teaching time. In a family council we talk about the needs of the family and the needs of individual members of the family. It is a time to solve problems, make family decisions, plan day-to-day and long-range family activities and goals. It is a time to share one another’s burdens and joys and counsel together, to keep each family member on the right track spiritually. It is the time when we discuss family matters, much as a bishop or branch president does with his ward or branch leaders. It is when parents use the tremendous powers of the council system. A family council could certainly be part of family home evening, but it could also take place at any time.
M. Russell Ballard and Barbara Ballard, “Family Councils: A Conversation with Elder and Sister Ballard,” Ensign, Jun 2003, 14


•Journal Writing
•Family Stories
•Family History Work
•Family reunions
•Scrapbooks and
•Record Books


•Family Service projects
•Secret service
•Missionary Support
•Thank Yous


•Family outings
•Family trips and vacations
•Idea lists—fun and games
•Wholesome Family Recreation

Family Celebration and Gratitude Committee

  • Thank yous
  • "You're the Best" plate
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Applause
  • Tender Mercy Journal
  • Help with holiday celebrations

•Family Home Evening
•Library Visits
•Study Centers


•Food storage
•Missionary preparation
•Family devotionals
•Emergency preparedness


Help make people happy

Mom's Committee
Family Spirit Committee

Enrich the home Environment
Keep the hearth
Dad's Committee

Family Progression Committee

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and their children.
…as equal partners.”
The Family: A Proclamation to the World      
First Presidency and  the Council of the Twelve Apostles      
September 23, 1995


What do Mormons believe? See http://lds.org/?lang=eng

MORE COMMITTEE IDEAS:(sometimes children and parents could be chairpersons over more than one committee...whatever works for your family!)
•Emergency Preparation
•Food Storage
•Physical Fitness
•Mission Preparation

Twelve Tips for Parent-Child Interviews
Steven B. Glade Ensign 1997
Regular schedule [one idea is to use an interview form - see below]
One or both parents
Pray beforehand as parents
Begin interview with a prayer
Listen more than you speak
Don’t compare children
Clear and loving correction as needed
Write down problems/discuss
Don’t compromise gospel standards
Keep confidences
Praise each child generously and cheerfully
Bear your testimony often.

One idea is to have some "forms" copied so that they can be filled out during interviews.  These help guide the discussion and become "journal" pages. 

Personal Parent Interview (PPI):


Interview with _______________ 

Scripture and Song (can use the scr/song of the month) 


Feelings/happy things in life/ compliments/ applause/gratitude/ask for forgiveness

List concerns to be discussed now and/or during 
personal/parent time

Family Night assignment and input

Family Stewardship committee goals, needs and ideas

Calendar items

Finances and tithing

Personal Time with parent or parents for the upcoming week

Dinner day (menu)

Primary/Personal Progress/Scouting/Duty to God info,  updates, ideas, goals

hugs and expressions of love to each other

Closing prayer

Another idea is to help each child make a "personal page" for the year including his or her family committee assignment and goals for that committee. Other items may include a gift to the Savior (see label on side bar), hopes and dreams, favorite scripture for the year, house cleaning area, etc. These pages can be laminated and posted on a door, fridge, bulletin board, or any place they can be viewed and reviewed daily!

An Idea for a Family Council Agenda Form

Date and Who is in attendance


Opening Song/Scripture/Prayer/Gratitude/Compliments

Minutes and review assignments from last meeting

Discussion items


Stewardship committee reports and plans


Time of next meeting

Hugs and kisses
Closing prayer

Family Executive Committee Meeting, Family Council, Parent-Child Interviews

We think its a great idea to create forms (and make copies and have them ready) for these important meetings.   

Yes, even for executive meeting...

Idea for Family Executive Committee Meeting Form

Opening Song and Prayer

Applause and gratitude for each other/ask forgiveness/make commitments

Agenda (items to discuss)

Discussion of each family member--one by one--and make decisions on what you will do as parents

Action plans

Time of next Meeting
Hugs and Kisses
Closing prayer

About parent-child interviews...
When we first introduced this concept to our 
children, they were not sure they wanted to 
participate, so we initiated
 "ice-cream interviews" and they liked them
 a lot!  After a while, they discovered that
 having mom or dad (or both of us) all to
 themselves was not all so bad!  In fact, the 
interviews got quite lengthy, so we had to limit the amount of 
time they could take, and then 
plan for some more one-on-one time during the week.
The goal was to have personal a parent interview (PPI) with each 
child each week.  
More often than not, we ended up having them on fast Sundays. 
The records kept on 
our "forms" are priceless. They are a journal, and have helped us
what was said and decided, our hopes, dreams, concerns, and 
feelings...its all there - 
right on paper!

PS... Don't skip the gratitude and compliments...Mark Twain said he could 
live four months on a good compliment!

Summary of Family Council

Family home evening is a social and teaching time. In a family council we talk about the 
needs of the family and the needs of individual members of the family. It is a time to solve
 problems, make family decisions, plan day-to-day and long-range family activities and 
goals. It is a time to share one another’s burdens and joys and counsel together, to keep 
each family member on the right track spiritually. It is the time when we discuss family
matters, much as a bishop or branch president does with his ward or branch leaders.
 It is when parents use the tremendous powers of the council system. A family council
 could certainly be part of family home evening, but it could also take place at any time.
M. Russell Ballard and Barbara Ballard, 
“Family Councils: A Conversation with Elder and Sister Ballard,” Ensign, Jun 2003, 14


Carlos E. Asay, “Parent-Child Interviews,” Ensign, Nov 1983, 14

Wendell P. Droubay, “Heart to Heart,” Ensign, Jun 1997, 57
M. Russell Ballard and Barbara Ballard, “Family Councils: A Conversation with Elder and Sister Ballard,” Ensign, Jun 2003, 14 

M. Russell Ballard, “Counseling with Our Councils,” Ensign, May 1994, 24

Ensign, Nov 1993, 76 “M. Russell Ballard, Strength in Counsel,”

Marvin K. Gardner, “Family Councils: Making Decisions Together,” Ensign, Dec 1978, 18

Working Together in Family Councils,” Ensign, Feb 1985, 28

Rex W. Allred, “‘Support Your Local Family Council’,” Ensign, Feb 1982, 50

"When we have a family home evening, a family council, or a meaningful gospel conversation with our children, we have the opportunity to look into their eyes and tell them that we love them and that Heavenly Father loves them. In these sacred settings, we can also help them understand, deep in their hearts, who they are and how fortunate they are to have come to this earth and to our home and to participate in the covenants we have taken in the temple to be a family forever."
Robert D. Hales,
 "Our Duty to God: The Mission of Parents and Leaders to the Rising Generation," Ensign, May 2010, 97

“We should regularly review our family income, savings, and spending plan in family council meetings. This will teach our children to recognize the difference between wants and needs and to plan ahead for meaningful use of family resources. . . . Whenever we want to experience or possess something that will impact us and our resources, we may want to ask ourselves, ‘Is the benefit temporary, or will it have eternal value and significance?’ Truthfully answering these questions may help us avoid excessive debt and other addictive behavior.”
Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually,” Ensign, May 2009, 9–10

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Some of the Slides from Marriage Workshops

click here for an overview of 

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail 
... And How You Can Make Yours Last 
by John Gottman, Ph.D 
Copyright © 1994 by John Gottman 
Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., N.Y. 

click here for a short article about Gottman's reasearch
by Hara Estroff Marano, published on March 16, 2004 
in Psychology Today

Monday, May 21, 2012

Contact Info

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Creating a Gospel-Centered Home handout (click to enlarge)

One idea is to use the Primary monthly sharing time themes for gospel study at home! here
or youthe monthly topics found here and here

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Family History Fun for Families


Family history work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. Family history work of Church members has a refining, spiritualizing, tempering influence on those who are engaged in it. They understand that they are tying their family together, their living family here with those who have gone before.                           Pres. Boyd K. Packer, Ensign Aug 2003

Dress like grandparents—make a movie of a family story, poetry or music • Family tradition book along with comments from the family on each tradition • Frame a family picture collage • End-of-the-year “state of the family,” and awards banquet celebrating the events of the past year • Dinner at grandparent’s (ask questions and record answers—give candy for each question asked and answered) and make a trivia game • Photo wall (ancestors, kids growing up, marriages), remember…your house can “talk” • Time capsule • Yearbooks • Websites blogs • Write/email grandparents (I used to get $2.00 per letter from my Gram) • Newsletters and updates –  youth as editors • Collect and scan family correspondence and pix • Seven generations of brides in one picture frame (Pres. Hinckley) • Use FHE to catch up scrap books, write family histories, blog etc.(hire a child to help?) •  Discover (or create) your family crest, flag, and/or coat of arms and display • View historical movies set in time period of ancestors and see how your history fits in •  “Guess who” or matching contest with family history photos – then tell stories • Memory book for parents and grandparents with pix and memories written by children and grandchildren • DVDs from family video cassettes with narration (copy for each home) • Label family history pix and as you scrapbook them, tape record or video the descriptions and stories  • Field trips to family history places and video your adventures • Book of family quotes and sayings • Gigantic family “time line” at your reunion – paste photo-copies of pictures on it, and write next to them • Focus on an ancestor each month • Pass on a skill  • Create a family song book • Every family share a story at the family reunion (put them on-line also) • Make a book or on-line file with stories of the first person in each family line to join the church • “Pioneer Park” with activity stations of reenactments of family history events and stories • Missionary map and book of  experiences • “Clothes-line” time line • Swing dance with instructions from the “old folks” •Create a family history wedding photo display (for a wedding reception, reunion, etc.) • Video tour of your parents, grand-parent’s and/or your own home •  Plant a tree in memory of an ancestor • Create a “quiet” book for church with activity pages of ancestor stories and things they did • Family history crossword puzzles • Celebrate ancestor’s birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays • Family history stories for children’s school assignments  • Quilt for grandparents—block for each member of family with picture and name  •  Gram’s “funeral” while still alive – celebrate her life • Write in each other’s journals • Visit museums and cemeteries • Book lists of family favorites – read them • A jar of  memories—talk about each • G and G’s Christmas gifts (one for each grand-child) of family stories (simplified and illustrated by a grand-child)• Grandparent heirloom sharing night • Show and Tell activity – each person shares one item • Make a family tree • Letters to each child • Tapes/CDs/DVDs of testimonies • Grave rubbings • Book of spiritual experiences (gift to parents for Christmas) • Ancestor story quilts/wall hangings • “Men of God” poster • Pedigree charts and pictures framed and on walls • Book of homes the family has lived in  • Family cook book • Refinish furniture and heirlooms  • Family pen pals  •Yearly family and individual fact and goal sheets •  Family history questions in a jar

The youth have been prepared “for such a time as this…” They are intelligent and bright. They are proficient on computers and the Internet. They are a great untapped resource for good in the world! They have been reserved for these latter days, and they have a great work to do…This is our day and temple work is what we have been prepared to do. It is a work for every generation, including and especially the youth of the Church…We must keep our focus, and remember that the temple is the reason for everything we do in the church… I know that as we do this, the joyful day will come when we shall meet our ancestors once again and be able to say to them, “We did this for you.”                                                                                                              Elaine S. Dalton, Ensign, Nov 2004     

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Welcome to our blog.  We hope that something here will be of help to you as you create and maintain a Christ-centered home.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gospel Study Ideas for Families

Gospel Study

Here is an overview of a gospel study method (system) for teaching children in the home.  For the basic structure, see the youth and primary programs for the LDS Church.

See current Primary sharing time themes for the year for your monthly themes.
  They are available here .
The youth curriculum is now organized in monthly themes!  You can co-ordinate your monthly gospel study topics with theirs found here or here .

“…we should build a consistent, planned program of introducing the principles of the gospel [to our children]…Of course there are other organizations that can help, but we should want to be certain that we know what they are learning, and that we take the time and have the patience to determine carefully and in a planned, organized way, that they are growing up with a sure foundation on which to build their lives.”                
                                                                                                        Elder L. Tom Perry Ensign Nov. l988



“Do not be discouraged because you cannot learn all at once; learn one thing at a time, learn it well, and treasure it up, then learn another truth and treasure that up, and in a few years you will have a great store of useful knowledge which will not only be a great blessing to yourselves and your children, but to your fellow men.”        
                                               G. Homer Durham, Discourses of Wilfred Woodruff, Bookcraft, l969)

1.      Plan to focus on a gospel principle each monthDiscuss and pray what and how to teach, what resources are available, and what you want to have happen each month. 


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