I don’t remember many details of Family Home Evenings as a kid. However, I have fond memories of one particular activity that we did often- memorizing the Articles of Faith and then having races to see who could say all 13 the fastest.
My parents started teaching us the Articles of Faith at a young age. The first Article of Faith that I learned was the sixth one and I even sang it in Sacrament Meeting when I was two!
I remember that we would learn each article and repeat them over and over again- one at a time. Once we had them all memorized, we would go around as a family and take turns reciting them. Dad would start with the first one, then mom took the second one, and my sister the third, etc. We would help each other out as we went around. As we got better and better, we would take one article at a time with each person saying one word, and we’d see who could keep up. That’s when things got even more exciting.
We started having Article of Faith races! Yep, we would race to see who could say all 13 Articles of Faith the fastest! It was so much fun and I still hold the title of ‘the fastest’ coming in at under one minute.
It is one of my fondest memories of Family Night.
My husband is a convert and doesn’t have the Articles of Faith memorized and now that we have a three year old. I’m trying to keep the tradition alive in my family.
In January we started with the first Article of Faith and my three year old has done a pretty good job of learning it. Of course there are a few words he keeps missing and a few he can’t say very well, but I am impressed with how much he has been able to retain.
In looking for a great and easy way to teach a thee year old the Articles of Faith, I found the perfect solution from the blog, A Year of Family Home Evenings. I remember reading stories with images instead of words like this from the Friend Magazine when I was little. It brings back so many memories.
I hope that these pages will help you to be able to teach your children the Articles of Faith and have fun in the process!! It can help make memories that will last a life time!
What are your favorite Family Night memories?