Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Family Home Evening - Anger

It wasn't too long ago when we had THIS LESSON for Family Home Evening. . .

And this is what is SO stinkin' awesome about Family Home Evening.  We can tailor any Monday to fit the needs of our family.

And last night we needed a refresher course on ANGER!  Because right before school we had a little sibling squabble - which really started out to be fun -  but quickly it turned and escalated to kicking and breaking a door.  YIKES!

Which did not bode well with me at all!

No, not at all.

So my children had themselves in for a HUGE lecture on the way to school, which did not invite the Spirit, despite my attempts to quote scripture and recall words of living prophets. 

And on the way home I felt crummy.  Lousy.  Angry.

Imagine that!

So I asked Heavenly Father what He would have me do . . . and I was gently reminded that it was Family Home Evening.

And here's what we did:

1. We read 3 Nephi 11:29 (Scripture Mastery) and discuess why of all the things the Savior could teach the Nephites during His appearance to them, why would He teach about contention.

1. Everyone was given a piece of paper. On one side they were to make a list (or draw pictures) of the things that make them ANGRY!  This list was not to be shared :)

2.  Then we listened to THIS TALK by President Thomas S. Monson.  While listening to his talk we were to list on the other side of the paper what we were being taught.  I told my children they were not to write down the stories or the scripture references, but they were to write down what the Spirit wanted them to learn about anger.

3. After listening to the talk, we discussed what we learned.  We also realized that most of what makes us angry happens within the walls of our own home!!!  Ironic, isn't it?

We have a lot to work on!  But work we will.

Oh how I heart Family Home Evening!!


  1. Your children have an awesome mother. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have to tell you that earlier today I was talking on the phone with my mom about something that I was so angry over... really angry. And I needed her wisdom and perspective so towards the end of the conversation I wanted to end it on a brighter note. So of course I wanted to share with her your experience with the solicitor...:) Then of course the first entry I saw was this one.
    Inspired as always Darla. Thank you!

  3. I like how you shared an example of what was going on in your family at the time and the lesson on how you planned to address it. I love that you had them write down what makes them angry and then listen to the talk. I'm sure it was very therapeutic. I have one child that would benefit greatly from this I think. Thanks for the idea.