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Consistent, Meaningful Family Time—It’s Money in the Bank

By Mormon.org
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Money in the Bank

We’ve all heard experts tout the importance of saving money. Consistently contributing to a savings account not only gives us a sense of security when times are good, but it can literally save our lives when times get tough. The same holds true for consistent, meaningful family time. The moments you spend together as a family are deposits into a different kind of family savings account. Each hour spent talking, each afternoon spent playing, and each moment spent teaching correct principles adds to a store of emotional and spiritual strength your family can draw upon again and again.

Watch as a father is reminded of the real value of time spent with his family.

If you spend quality time as a family and do it on a regular basis, you will realize some amazing returns on your investment.

Returns on Investment

What will your family gain from consistent, meaningful time together? How about happiness, peace, perspective, unity, and success. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” states: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” If your family spends time together working on these principles in formal and informal ways, you will be strong enough to deflect anything the world tries to throw your way. Your family will be happier, stronger, and focused on the big picture when the inevitable bumps come along.

Ideas for Family Time

Would you like to strengthen your family by spending some meaningful time with them on a regular basis? Try some of these ideas:

  • Study the scriptures together as a family. The time together will be well spent. President Henry B. Eyring said: “When we come to a crisis in our life, … we should go looking in the scriptures for specific help. We will find answers in the scriptures.”
  • Say prayers together as a family. President Gordon B. Hinckley taught: “I feel satisfied that there is no adequate substitute for the morning and evening practice of kneeling together—father, mother, and children. This, more than soft carpets, more than lovely draperies, more than cleverly balanced color schemes, is the thing that will make for better and more beautiful homes.”
  • Dedicate one night a week to your family. Here are some ideas of things to do on your family night.
  • Attend church together as a family. It’s a great way to focus on what matters most.
  • Eat dinner together as a family. Here are some questions you can ask at mealtime to get the conversation started.
  • Play a game, read a book, go for a walk, watch a movie, or serve others—just do it as a family.

Do you want to get started on some quality family time right away? Grab your family and join us at church.