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Mormon Family Home Evening

Mormon Family Home Evening

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as Mormons) encourages members to set aside an evening once a week for family activities, discussions, and instruction. This began in 1915 when President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors (The President of the Mormon Church at the time) began a Church-wide effort to strengthen the family. They asked parents to get their children together once each week for a “Family Home Evening”, a time for families to study the gospel together and do other activities that strengthen the family spiritually, create memories together, and increase unity and love.

Today, Mormons have these weekly family events (usually Mondays, or whenever it works best for the family’s schedule) to take the time to pray and sing together, read scriptures, spiritually uplift one another, and participate in activities that build and strengthen family unity. Mormon Church leaders do not schedule meetings or activities on Monday nights for this reason, so that families can more easily be together.

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Mormon Family

Mormon Family

Mormon families are eternal families (they extend beyond the period of death). My family is an eternal family that believes in God and Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for a loving mother and father that have helped to rear me in the right way and to teach me to believe in Christ’s teachings that are found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Those teachings that have been taught by my mother and father are ones I have carried with me to this day. Being educated by family in the mormon (lds) church is the best way one can be taught the good news of Christ. Mormon families are able to go to church service each Sunday and be taught from local leaders on those principles Christ taught us. Through these principles mormon families can then teach one another. This is time we get to all learn from each other.

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Mormon Prayers

Mormon Prayers

Mormon families pray together at the end of each day and give thanks to our father in heaven. Husbands and wives pray together as couples and also children get to pray out loud. Prayer is a way we get to talk our father in heaven. Children get to say their own prayers during family prayer and tell Him what they are thinking. A prayer from a child is the most tender thing to hear spoken, and they know exactly what to say. Children get to pray by their bedside for protection and strength during the night and as they sleep. Mormon families give thanks over the food for each meal, and thank Him for the wonderful day they just had. Mormon families feel they can pray whenever they feel they might need to and in any situation they may encounter. Our Father in Heaven has promised us peace in times of trial and has provided a way for us to come to Him in our need. He has given us the privilege and power of prayer.

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Mormons at Church

Mormons

Mormon Church members attend Sunday worship each Sunday for three hours. Church members believe in a dress code where they are not to wear revealing clothing. They also believe in not harming their body or putting harmful substances into it. Mormon Church members lead busy, active lives just like the rest of us. They don’t always have big families and that is a personal preference to all families. Mormon Church members believe in the scripture found in Malachi in which the Lord instructs his people to pay 10% of their income, and in that same scripture, the Lord promises blessings to those who tithe.  Mormons become members of the Church through baptism, which they can participate in as early as eight years old. Many Mormon Church members believe that they are to hold high standards of morality. Mormons don’t need to drink to have fun, and they are just like you or I.


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The Young Women Organization

Mormons and the Young Women Organization

The Young Women’s organization in the Mormon Church includes all young women from ages 12-18. With their motto “Stand for truth and righteousness”, these young Mormon women meet together each Sunday for one hour where they are taught by their lessons by their leaders that prepare them to be virtuous and strong women. They also meet once a week for activities. Some of these activities may include cooking classes, learning basic self defense or tips on how to budget, lessons on health and fitness, playing games, and humanitarian projects. These activities aim to promote personal development, and provide a wholesome environment where these Mormon youth can make lasting friends with others who share similar beliefs and values.
Katie, a Mormon girl said, “I love the Young Women program, where I feel accepted and loved. It’s also an environment that makes me want to become a little better each day, and more like my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that my leaders truly care about me, and the girls have become like sisters to me.”

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Mormon Fathers: Leading With Love and Righteousness

Mormon Fathers: Leading With Love and Righteousness Mormons firmly believe that Heavenly Father has given fathers the responsibility to preside, provide, and protect. Father, like Mother, is willing and ready to sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children. This love that both our Heavenly Father and Mormon fathers have for their children and their family, and the desire to see them happy is a constant at all times. Fathers are called to assist mothers in helping their children resist temptation, to listen to them, to be patient and prayerful, and to teach them the ways of the Lord. Worthy Mormon fathers take this particularly seriously.  According to the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, husbands and fathers have a influence and power in their lives far beyond the natural gifts of intelligence and nature of the father. This power is the priesthood of God, which all worthy men and boys over the age of twelve years can enjoy through the proper authority.

For more information on Mormon fathers, visit The Mormon Father’s Guidebook.

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Mormon Family: Knit in Unity and Love

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you ever wondered what will become of your family after this life? Marriage (Genesis 2:18) and family (Genesis 1:28) are central points in God’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Mormons believe that our Heavenly Father wants us to do all we can during our time on Earth to prepare to live in an eternal family, as families can be together beyond mortality- instead, forever. In order to be happy in this life, Mormons know that God and family come first and foremost. Providing for a family is obviously crucial and necessary, but it is important that one always keeps an eternal perspective in mind of the purpose for being here on Earth. 

Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family relationships, the loss of a family member can be cause of deepest sadness and grief. Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred sealing ordinances performed in God’s holy temples.

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Mormon Families: Together Forever

Mormon Families: Together Forever

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mormons believe that God has established families so that His children could have happiness, in learning correct principles in a loving atmosphere, to prepare them to return to Him after they die. Successful and happy marriages and families are created and maintained on principles like those that Jesus Christ, our Savior, taught. Some of these principles include faith in Jesus Christ, prayer, love, respect, repentance, forgiveness, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. Through following the Savior’s loving example, we can become more like Him and obtain eternal joy. In this picture, this young family radiates this. This is a joy that cannot be bought or sold, and doesn’t have an expiration date. 

No marriage or family is perfect, in everyone’s lives there are and will be trials and hardships. When dealing with these challenging relationships, it may be helpful to remember that each person on this earth is a beloved son or daughter of God who has a divine nature and destiny. Learning to serve and love your family members unconditionally, as Christ taught, will help you become more like Him and to prepare to live with Him again in an eternal family.

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A Couple Searching the Internet, by Andrea Lindgren

A couple finds

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