News Release

Family home evening celebrates 100 year anniversary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Family Home Evening in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Family Home Evening is an activity held by families of the Church within the walls of their homes. Its purpose is to strengthen families and provide opportunities for both parents and children to learn and grow together. 
In 1915, Joseph F. Smith, the leader of the Church at the time, introduced members to this practice. He, along with other global leaders of the Church, encouraged members to set aside Monday evenings each week to pray together, teach principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen each other.
Said President Smith, "These gathering will furnish opportunities for mutual confidence between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, as well as give opportunity for words of warning, counsel and advice by parents to their boys and girls."

In this way, millions of members of the Church across the world have embraced Family Home Evening, gaining strength in the process. Claudia Burke-Wilson of the Constant Spring congregation, is one such member. 
"Family Home Evening is about getting to know each other and sharing the love," said Claudia. "It has brought us close together. As we go through the week we reflect on what we learnt ... no matter how busy or lives are."

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