Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Today is

It is also Monday, and that means that tonight is Family Home Evening night!

"We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.”
President Monson, Ensign, May2005
What is Family Home Evening or Family Night?? 

Our Family Home Evening Lesson tonight is.....

Love One Another 

After loving our Heavenly Father, the most important commandment we have is to love our neighbor.

In following the Lord’s call, we must obey His commandments and offer love for Him and the people around us. By remembering the love Christ showed for us and letting His example guide our actions towards others, we can forge bonds of love with our families, our friends, and our community.

Song: “Love One Another” (Hymns, 308)

Cut hearts out of construction paper to use as a display. Also, collect pictures of family members and friends to share during your discussion.

Draw a large heart on a piece of paper. Make a list of people you love and care about and cut out their names. Divide the heart into pieces and label the pieces with the names of your loved ones. If you have extra pictures you can cut up, use the faces of those you love and glue them to the heart.

Bake a large, heart-shaped sugar cookie for each member of the family. Also, make three smaller cookies, increasing in size, for an object lesson. Prepare frosting and any decorations you’d like to include.


Assign a family member to read John 15:12.


  • Begin the lesson by asking your family members who they love. Then, ask them to explain how they feel because they love that person and how it feels to be loved in return. Share your feelings as well, and include how you feel to be loved by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
  • Next, explain to the family that everyone has room in his or her heart to love those we meet. Show the family your heart display with the names and faces of people you love. Refer to the pictures you collected. Explain that when you get to know and love someone, it’s like you have a part of his heart in yours. When you rely on a friend for help, she takes a part of your heart, or your burden, into her heart. Just the same, when a sibling calls you with exciting news, you feel his joy in your own heart because you have a part of his heart within yours.
  • Read and discuss 1 Peter 3:8 and Mosiah 18:21. Love ties our hearts together and unifies us. Explain that if a group of people, like a family or a ward, has love for each other, it is more unified.
  • Have your family think of one person they have a hard time showing love to (don’t tell). Have each member of the family make a personal goal that for one week you will show love and kindness to that person no matter how that person acts or what he or she says. Then pick one person for each family member to check in with the other person about your goals throughout the week.
  • Read the following quote by N. Eldon Tanner: “Let us always remember that men of great character do not belittle others nor magnify their weaknesses. In fact, the thing that makes them great is the showing of love for and interest in the success and welfare of their neighbors. True love does not permit us to hold grudges or ill feelings, to tell unkind things about others, or to destroy a person’s good reputation. We should not talk about or criticize one another, but strive to build and strengthen one another” (“The Great Commandments,” Tambuli, Jan. 1981, 2).
  • Finally, discuss Christ’s love for each one of us. He loves us so much that He gave His own life for us. Everyone can have a personal relationship with Christ because His heart consists of pieces of everyone’s hearts. He doesn’t only understand the happiness or suffering that we endure, but He feels it, too. He bore it all in the Garden of Gethsemane, and like Him we can rejoice and mourn with the ones we love.


To fully illustrate the space we have in our hearts to love everyone, gather the family together in the kitchen for this treat and object lesson. Give your family members their own heart-shaped cookies and ask them to divide up their heart with frosting. Each section of the cookie represents their love for a certain person. Ask them to decorate their cookies while thinking of their loved ones.
Use the three cookies in ascending sizes to explain that love is unlimited. The more people you love, the larger your heart grows. (Hint: Use the heart of Dr. Suess’s Grinch as an example). Show the smallest heart, then the bigger heart, and then the largest heart. Christ has the largest heart of all.
For dinner tonight we are having this.......

The recipe can be found on Pioneer Woman

Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti

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  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken
  • 3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  • 2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cups Finely Diced Green Pepper
  • ¼ cups Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 jar (4 Ounce) Diced Pimentos, Drained
  • 2 cups Reserved Chicken Broth From Pot
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Cook 1 cut up fryer and pick out the meat to make two cups. Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth until al dente. Do not overcook. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar.

Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil).

I don't cook my own chicken for this recipe, I head off to Costco and buy one of their rotisserie chickens.  I use low sodium chicken broth from a can.  I also do not use Sharp Cheddar cheese, 4 cheese Mexican blend for us.

We will have a Chopped Salad to go with it.
  • 1/2 lettuce, washed
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber

Creamy French Dressing (Make your own or from a bottle)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • Splash white wine vinegar
  • Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper


To make the salad, chop everything together into mouth-sized pieces. Make a well in the middle of the salad and put in all the dressing ingredients then mix up. It's that complicated!

Our cookies from Family Home Evening


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