I have some thoughts on Family Home Evening. When my kids were little, we were not consistent with it. Yes, sometimes we did have a formal home evening, most weeks we just did something together. I feel bad about it now....like I missed a great opportunity. I think Melissa had the strongest testimony of it in our family. It's a good thing she gave us so many fantastic lessons.
But, my kids are great at it now. They picked up where I left off and are running forward full steam ahead. I think I can see a couple of reasons why we weren't that good at it from watching them. First, I made it too complicated. It seems that if you have a song and a prayer, the spirit is there. Just making the effort really pays off and the Lord blesses you. My kids don't do anything fancy and spend hours preparing. But once they gather, the sweetest feeling comes into the home.
Second, I let Greg's shift work be an excuse. We should have just had it with whoever was there.
I gave a lesson on the principle of sacrifice for Relief Society last Sunday. I was reminded how important it is that we give of ourselves for others. The principle of Sacrifice is so central to everything we do in our lives. Through it we show that we love God more than any other thing. Sacrificing a little of ourselves for our families on Monday night will bring huge blessings.
It was a huge joy watching Harlee and Beau sing together in Home Evening last night. All you have to do is look at her face and you know that having family night is accomplishing something vitally important to her future.