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More Practical Mormonism

January 17th, 2017 by G.

Tools are beautiful. Even the words for tools and their parts have a charm to them. Tang, ferrule. They are most beautiful when you know their use because you have used them, such that your hula hoe has some hint of ripe tomato in your mind.

Family home evening is one of those tools. it is not part of the eternal gospel for everyone. But it is for us. I can bear testimony of it. It was wonderful to hear one of the brethren bearing testimony of it.

I bear you my solemn witness, my brothers and sisters, that this is the work of the Lord, that these Brethren who instituted the family home evening program were greatly inspired.

-thus Brother Cullimore.

Yes, FHE is a tool. AS a tool, it is like Mormonism and even God Himself in being a hybrid. It is part earthy, part spiritual. It can be devotional, and should be devotional. But it can also be a scheduled family play. Bruce C.’s regular weekend walks with his family have much of the character of an LDS family home evening about them.

Here is an example that just happened in my own family home evening. We occasionally do a “family history minute.” We are doing one and it somehow evolves into discussing what names my son should pick for his own sons. He gets more and more truculent looking as he listens. Finally he interrupts. “I am going to name my son ‘Cookie,'” he growls.

Then, to close, you sing Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow. Your toddler puts on an icecream bucket for a hat, runs to the middle of your group, and starts doing a hip-cocking dance.

Strange and wonderful hybrid.

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January 17th, 2017 08:30:44

January 17, 2017

A strange and wonderful hybrid indeed. Given my kids’ current age and energy level, any attempt in FHE at aiming deliberately for the heavenly mark inevitably misses. It’s one of God’s strange graces that the earthier (not earthlier, mind you) the FHE, the more heavenly.

January 17, 2017

Just had a family over for FHE last night. He is a member, not active in a long time. His wife and kids have just started to come to church and meet with missionaries.

This was my family: “Ho-hum, this is what we do on Mondays.”

This was them: “This is cool! Do you do this every night? We need to start doing something like this.”

Do we understand how good we have it?

January 17, 2017

Pres Hinckley at Oct 2002 Gen Conf: (emphasis mine)

“Now there appears to be a growing tendency to schedule other events on Monday night. We respectfully request that our public school officials and others let us have this one evening a week to carry forward this important and traditional program. We ask that they not schedule events that will require the time of children on Monday evenings. We are confident that they will realize that it is most important that families have the opportunity, at least once a week, to be together without conflicting loyalties. We shall be grateful indeed if they will cooperate in this matter. And we urge, in the strongest terms possible, that fathers and mothers regard most seriously this opportunity and challenge to make of Monday evening a time sacred to the family.


I suggest that when a prophet of God says, and especially when he is speaking over his official pulpit, “…we urge, in the strongest terms possible, that …” that our ears should immediately perk up, and that we remember what was said next.

Bruce Charlton
January 19, 2017

What happens in FHE is invisible to public discourse.

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