So General Conference is over... We have all been spiritually uplifted and inspired, but now what? We took notes, but how often are we really going to go back and reread our notes? Of course we want to remember what we were taught, and we want to hold these precious lessons with us for the next 6 months, if not longer, but who has time to sit down and read notes?
Problem solved. I like to keep notes in a different creative means. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram then you saw the quotes that I had created. Creating my notes like this allows me to not get bored, actually be able to read them once Conference is over, and to do something more with them.
I create my General Conference Notes using the Rhonna Designs App (THE BEST). Once conference is finished I will either print them out on paper and place them around the house or, and this is my favorite thing to do, I have them printed off on small magnets (I have used Sticky9 in the past but they no longer print so I'm looking into Fox Prints this year) and stick them on my fridge where I get to see these wonderful and inspiring quotes every day!
It's just simple easy way to remind yourself daily of the important principles and doctrines that you were taught during General Conference.
Feel free to use the images below however you would like! Print them on paper. Print them on magnets. Set it as your phone or computer background. Just remember what we were taught.
Every family is different. Our Heavenly Father created all of us to be different for a purpose. Diversity is part of His plan. It's easy to look at other families and to assume that they have it all together, when it reality, that's not the case. What works for one family, will not work for every family. It's so important for you to take the time to discover what works for your family and to mold your Family Home Evenings to work for you.
Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you and your family create the perfect FHE for you.
1. You don't have to have FHE on Monday.
Growing up, our Dad traveled Monday-Friday every week. During this time our family chose to have FHE on Sunday nights because that worked for our family. Having FHE on Sunday didn't take anything away from our Family Home Evenings and it was what worked for our family. If Monday's don't work for you, choose another night. Family night is the night you choose. Make it work for your family. It doesn't matter when you have Family Home Evening, it only matters that you have it.
2. Don't have expectations.
This can be very difficult. Of course after spending time preparing a lesson and activity, you want it to go perfectly. But reality does not often allow for perfection and so there's a good chance that your lesson may not go as planned. Children have very short attention spans and you may have to rush through a lesson to keep them entertained. A fast lesson does not equal failure. The fact that you are attempting Family Home Evening with kids is a HUGE success in itself! Don't set expectations for your Family Home Evening. Plan ahead, but understand that what happens happens and regardless your family and children will feel that love you have for them simply by having Family Home Evening.
3. Use props!
Kids love props! Puppets, colored cutouts, toys, anything that you can find to incorporate into your lesson that will draw your children's attention will help! Bribes never hurt either... I frequently color pictures that correlate with my lesson before hand, and have my kids help me during the lesson by holding the pictures for me. We spend time looking at the pictures and show each other what we see. Maybe this doesn't directly correspond to the lesson, but it's still doing something together as a family, and that's all that matters. Family Home Evening is about spending time together as a family.
4. Plan ahead.
Take a minute or two out of your day to plan ahead. Children know when you are flying by the seat of your pants and they tend to take advantage of that. Know your lesson and know your material. This will help lead to a smoother lesson and a positive outlook about Family Home Evening for both the adults of the family and the other family members as well.