Everyone agreed that FHE is a familiar tradition, and one they enjoy. The Beamer kids said their family has a prayer and a lesson.
“We usually have a game and snack,” added Landon.
“It brings us together, that closeness we feel,” said Ryan.
This week, the group shared the time starting with “Every Word,” a devotional song Ryan played on the piano as his sister Alina sang. The rest of the group gathered around the piano to listen and be uplifted. After the song, Blaine Reber led the group in a prayer, before everyone gathered in the family room to discuss the Word of Wisdom, an LDS guideline on health. It was especially relevant since Jacob has had some problems related to his diet. Doug Beamer relayed his own similar experience and how he applied the church’s Word of Wisdom in ultimately avoiding surgery.
Terry Frandsen serves as the bishop who leads the Anderson congregation. He agreed Family Home Evening is important.
“In general, the concept is that families are so busy, if there isn’t some time set aside to be together, families kind of cease to function as a family,” said Frandsen. He noted that FHE gives families time to regroup, gives children an opportunity to get some direction from their parents, and reinforces the idea that family is important.
“It’s time to reinforce the communication links,” said Frandsen. “You’re not surprised at the dinner table by people you’ve never met before. It helps parents and children get on the same page.”
Frandsen and his wife, Susan, raised their three kids with the tradition of FHE. Now, their two married daughters carry on the tradition in their own young families. Last Monday, the Frandsens had FHE with one of their daughters visiting from California and her two children, ages 5 and 3.