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Come, Follow Me Nov 4-10: "Jesus Christ, 'the Author of Eternal Salvation'"

A Little Get to Know Us Info

Hi everyone! Welcome to Simply Family Home Evening! We are so excited that you are here. We wanted to introduce ourselves to you a little bit.


Hi, I'm Whitney. This was basically all my fabulous idea! Growing up, my parents tried really hard to hold family home evening every week. We did an opening song, an opening prayer and a lesson. Then we got to do the activity and have a treat, which in my house was usually just whatever cookies or leftover Halloween candy we had sitting around. We weren’t real fancy. Now, 20 years later, I can only remember one specific lesson we ever did. But what I do remember is that every week, we had a time set aside that we spent together, learned together, and played together.


In my family we still want to follow the traditional Opening Song, Prayer, Lesson, and Activity structure that has been used for generations. One of the boys usually says the prayers because they are still a little young to help plan a lesson or activity. My boys are 4, 2 and 9 mo. I try to keep our lessons active and short to keep our young boys attention. I figure even if they don’t internalize much of the lesson at this age, it will give them a base to build on as they get older and can retain more actual information. Our activity takes up the bulk of the time of family home evening and is usually just an activity that we enjoy doing together as a family. Our closing prayer is always just our nightly family prayer before we go to bed.

When they announced the new Come, Follow Me curriculum I was so excited to finally know what I should be teaching my kids at home. To have an actual guide so I wouldn't have to wonder what to teach this week. There are a million things I could teach my kids, there are a million things they need to know, but what's most important? The Come, Follow Me manuals gave me that instruction that I was looking for. The amazing thing about this program is that the same things I am teaching my children each week are the same things that are being taught in families all over the world. Then my kids get to go to church and have the same things I have been teaching them reinforced. And now I'm not only teaching lessons I'm teaching them a lifestyle. The lesson we teach for family home evening won't be lost in the shuffle of life because it will be revisited all week at home and then again at church.

Try to remember that it is family home evening. It’s not meant to be family home hour, or in my case, family home five minutes before I want to pull my hair out and send everyone to bed. The lesson is important, and should be included every week, but try not to get stressed out if it seems like no one is listening and paying attention. Focus on the time spent together as a family, away from the craziness of the world. Don't get stressed about doing it on Mondays either. In my family, because of my husband's crazy work schedule, we plan to do it on Monday or on my husband's first night off because it changes from week to week. The beautiful thing about this program is that it is completely customize-able to each individual or family. Do what works for you.


Hi, I'm BreeAnna. Whitney and I are sisters-in-law. Like her I grew up with a family that held family home evenings but unlike her the structure of ours changed frequently. We tried a few different things. We had a big age range of kids in my family and my parents really tried to make it so that everyone could be included and get something out of what was being taught. The thing I am most thankful for is that my dad especially would talk about people in the scriptures and in church history as real people. They were talked about in everyday settings and why not? They weren't characters in books, they were real! They are real! They are people that I hope to rub shoulders with one day. I am so thankful for that and it is something I have tried to keep with me and model for my kids in the way that I talk about them.


When my husband and I started to have family home evening in our home it followed the pattern I was familiar with, "let's try this, if it doesn't work we'll try something else until we find the perfect fit for our family." We've been married for 10 years now and our children's ages range from 8 to 9 mo. We've tried a lot of different things. Mostly because we want all of the kids to enjoy the time we spend together and not be bored; but the older children need a little more meat in the lesson because they are the age they can learn it. Lately it has looked like us going to Mormon Channel and letting one of the kids pick a video that they think looks interesting. We watch it and discuss it and then play a game or watch a movie as a family.


I'm not going to lie, I've kind of been stalking this new curriculum since it was announced that the Sunday School curriculum would be changing earlier this year. I actually really enjoy change (most of the time). I like new challenges and new ways of learning and all of the changes that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has seen in the last little while have left me so excited I couldn't believe there was still more coming! With each new e-mail from The Church I would hope for more news of what was coming. As General Conference approached in October I was hoping it would be something they would talk about. When it was announced and then all of the changes that would be coming with it (2 hour church!) I was quite literally having a silent but maybe not so reverent dance party.


New manuals for EVERYONE!!! A streamlined lesson plan where we could all study together! For years I had struggled to find time to study the weekly lessons for Gospel Doctrine so that I could still stay up on what the adults were studying while at the same time finding time to study the lessons that I needed to be teaching for Primary or Sunday School. More often then not, the Gospel Doctrine lessons were forgotten, (that wasn't my class,) I was needed in my calling and I needed to spend the time I had on those lessons. What an answer to prayer! It was all the same! And not only that the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were going to be giving me a lesson plan for family home evening!


I couldn't wait for everything to come up on my phone and then after scanning through it all, all I wanted was a physical copy. When Whitney came to me with the idea to make family home evening kits I immediately loved the idea. As excited as I was about all these changes I knew that there was going to be some weight placed on my shoulders as a mother, jointly with my husband, to teach this to my kids, and having a game plan always makes things easier right?


Whitney gets full credit for the legwork done on these. I have added some of my own insights and notes here and there as she sent me the layouts but the bones are hers and I am so so thankful for her time spent on all of this! My talents come with knowing how to construct a blog. (Totally not a pro but confidence counts for something right?) We've been so excited about it that we've shared what we've done with our family and friends and started emailing everything out to them. One day it struck us that the easier way to do this was just to put it all online. So, what you will see here is the two of us working together to try and help you feel some of the weight of this new "home-centered, church-supported" curriculum lift.


I truly believe that this shouldn't be hard. Teaching our children the Gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ doesn't have to be done in a formal setting every single time. We should be able to work what we are learning into conversations while we are doing homework or making dinner with our kids. If we are comfortable talking about it, our kids will be too. We can totally do this, it's possible! We just need to start and not stop! I really hope that as you guys take what we have done that you will add to it, make it yours, simplify it more if necessary for your family but also share with us and others what is working for you! Please don't take these lesson plans as the only information available. Use your Come, Follow Me - For Individuals and Families manuals and dive in! We got this!

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  1. I love this blog, just reading about the both of you and your desire to teach your kids makes my heart feel full, growing up I wasn't LDS so I didn't grow up having FHE, but now I have two little girls 2 and 4 and I want to make sure that they love and learn about Christ every week, I too love the new church manual Come, Follow Me, and I am very happy to have found your blog, and I will be coming back every week. Thank you for sharing and I wish you both many blessings :) Marilene

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    1. Thank you, thank you so very much Marilene! We are so glad you found us and thank you for your kind words. We love Come, Follow Me! It is so amazing to be teaching the Gospel in our homes on this level, even if our lessons don't look picture perfect every week. Haha! Many blessings to you and your sweet family as well. Have a wonderful week!

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