“Breaking bread from house to house, [they] did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart”
1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
*For Younger Children* Read “The Dinner Game” by Rene Riding (Sept. 2011 Friend). Discuss the importance of family dinners and how they can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The spicy scent of spaghetti sauce wafted through the air as Joseph and his family sat down for Sunday dinner. Dad said the prayer, and the food started its way around the table.
“Let’s play Movie Quotes!” Joseph declared.
Movie Quotes was his favorite game to play around the dinner table. His mom, dad, and two sisters, Jill and Julia, enjoyed the game too. One person would quote from a movie the family had seen. Then everyone else would try to be the first one to guess which movie the quote was from.
“Perhaps we should play a different game,” Mom said. “Since it’s Sunday, maybe we should play Scripture Quotes.”
“What’s that?” Joseph asked.
“I’ll think of a quote from the scriptures, and all of you try to guess who said it,” Mom said.
“That sounds boring,” Joseph said. “Besides, I don’t know any quotes from the scriptures.”
“I’ll go first!” Jill said. “‘I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.’”
Julia’s hand shot up. “Nephi said that!”
“You guessed it, Julia. Now it’s your turn to think of one,” Jill said.
“Let me see. … All right, guess this one if you can: ‘This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!’”
This time Dad raised his hand. “That’s what Heavenly Father said toJoseph Smith in the Sacred Grove.”
“That’s right,” Julia said. “Way to go, Dad!”
Joseph slowly began to sit up a little straighter in his chair.
“I want to come up with a really hard one,” Dad said. “How about this: ‘Let my people go.’”
Joseph’s hand popped up. “Hey, Moses said that. That was easy.”
“That’s right. Now you think of one,” Dad said.
Joseph rested his chin on his hand. Then a smile swept across his face as he remembered his Primary lesson from earlier that day. Sister
Morris had talked about the time Jesus’s disciples had tried to keep some children from approaching Him. “‘Suffer the little children to come unto me,’” Joseph said.
Once again Julia raised her hand. “Jesus said that.”
“You guessed it!”
They played until everyone had finished dinner.
Later that night, as Mom tucked Joseph into bed, he said, “I guess that game wasn’t so bad after all.”
“You came up with a really good quote today,” Mom said.
“Thanks. Can we play it again next Sunday?”
“I think that’s a great idea,” Mom said. She gave him a hug and a kiss and left his room.
Joseph snuggled into his covers, smiling. A new Sunday tradition had just begun.
Discuss the importance of family dinners and how they can be enjoyed by the whole family.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Summarize or read from “Time Out for Dinner” by Amya Jensen (May 2014 Ensign). Discuss the importance of taking time to enjoy family dinner on a regular basis.
Generally the things we pursue in life are the things we think will bring us the greatest happiness. We are familiar with the thirteenth article of faith, which teaches, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” One of the errors of our generation is the pursuit of so many virtuous and lovely things at once, that in our rush we give up one of the most virtuous things: Christlike family relationships.
As my siblings and I started high school, my dad could see the busy schedules of our teenage lives begin to cro
wd out precious family time. So he required my sisters and me to be home between five and seven o’clock for dinner every night. At first this was hard, but as we honored his wishes, something beautiful happened.
Every evening we came home to each other from school, work, and activities. We learned how to prepare dinner. We ate and talked together every night and then read the scriptures together. I still remember the spirit I felt as my mother and father testified of true gospel principles. There was a spirit of love and acceptance there that allowed us to express ourselves and discuss difficult topics. And when our parents needed to teach us something, it came naturally during scripture discussions, with love and testimony. We argued less among each other and became best friends.
Although I was involved in many things during my high school years, this memory stands out most in my mind: my family time together around the dinner table. All the other rewarding experiences I had during those years were silver, and this was gold.
I learned that we need to be cautious about over-scheduling ourselves. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has mentioned studies saying that “‘eating meals at home [is] the strongest predictor of children’s academic achievement and psychological adjustment.’ Family mealtimes have also been shown to be a strong bulwark against children’s smoking, drinking, or using drugs.”
Those dinner hours we spent together had a huge impact on the way I dealt with challenges and how I felt about life and myself. I knew that no matter what happened outside our home, I had a family who cared about me.
Elder Oaks also said, “We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Eating dinner together as a family did that for me as I was growing up.
So, when life speeds up so fast that the dews of heaven don’t have time to distill upon our souls (see D&C 121:45), taking time for dinner and scriptures together can be one of the best ways to fill both the body and soul.
Discuss the importance of taking time to enjoy family dinner on a regular basis.
The Family Proclamation Framed With Temple Picture
Family is Forever Bracelet
The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook
Pineapple Lime Jello Salad or Raspberry Sweet Rolls
Pineapple Lime Jello Salad
Put the cool whip and jello in a large mixing bowl and whisk until they are well blended and most of the jello dissolves into the cool whip. Next fold in the cottage cheese, pineapple and bananas. Stick into the refrigerator until you are ready to eat!
Raspberry Sweet Rolls
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
½ cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup lukewarm water
½ cup butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
¾ cup raspberry jam
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tablespoons milk
1. Mix yeast, sugar, eggs, water, butter and salt together in a large bowl, all at once. Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour. Mix well with a spoon, cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise 4-6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Do not knead the dough. Roll out dough into a long, thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread on softened butter. Spread raspberry jam in an even layer and tightly roll into a jellyroll shape, starting at the long end of the dough. Use a string or floss to cut dough into 1-inch pieces and place into a greased 9×13-inch baking pan (I placed 15 rolls in a 9×13-inch pan so the rolls were touching). Cover and let raise an additional 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Whisk together glaze ingredients drizzle over baked rolls.
(Recipes taken from SixSistersStuff)
1- Play Scripture Quotes
Here are three different ways to play Scripture Quotes:
• Try playing as Joseph’s family did, naming the person who said the quote.
• Try guessing the book of scripture where the quote is found. For example, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” is found in 1 Nephi.
• Name a book of scripture and then have others tell a quote or story from that book. For example, the book of Ether contains the story of the Jaredites crossing the ocean.
2- Play Four Corners
In a room designate corners by number; 1 through 4. One person covers his eyes and counts to ten slowly and then without uncovering his eyes calls out, “Corner number____ (pick 1,2,3or4).” Everyone that is in the corner he calls out sits down. Repeat until only 1 person is left. The last person is the new counter.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.