10 FHE lessons that will take your family outside this summer

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Utah may be known for its snow, but summers here are pretty darn great too. Who wants to stay inside for family home evening when the mountains are calling? Here are 10 ways to teach gospel lessons to your family while enjoying the great outdoors, complete with links to Utah County JustServe service opportunities for your convenience.

1. “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” nature walk

If you have Primary-aged kids, a short and simple family night can teach them about the beauties of the Creation. Sing “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” then take a walk to see if you can “hear the song of a bird” or “see the color of butterfly wings.”

2. “Mountains to Climb” hike

Plan a family hike and read President Henry B. Eyring’s talk “Mountains to Climb” before you leave. The spiritual lessons in the talk will be more memorable when they are associated with physical activity.

3. Visit a cemetery

If you have ancestors buried nearby, teach a family home evening lesson on family history and share stories from your ancestors’ lives. Then go for a drive to visit your ancestors’ graves.

4. Gardening 

Alma 32 in the Book of Mormon memorably teaches that faith is like a seed. Help your family remember this important metaphor by planting a garden, or use justserve.org to learn how you can contribute to a community garden.

5. Neighborhood cleanup

If your family loves to be outside, take a night to clean up your neighborhood. If you have more time to give, use the justserve.org to participate in a volunteer cleanup day.

6. Take a walk

Teach a lesson on exercise, caring for our bodies, the Word of Wisdom, or a similar topic. When it’s time for the activity, practice what you preached by taking a walk or bike ride.

7. Provo Pioneer Village

Utah has a rich pioneer legacy. Provo Pioneer Village is a great place to take your family to be outside and to learn about that pioneer heritage. They are also seeking volunteers to help with this summer’s activities. Learn more at justserve.org.

8. Visit temple grounds

If the summer gets so busy that planning and executing a formal lesson is just too much to handle, load the family into the car and visit one of Utah County’s four temples. A walk around the grounds is an excellent way to spend a summer night.

9. Dwell in a tent

One of the most memorable verses in the Book of Mormon provides an excellent summer family home evening idea. If you love camping, load up your gear and head for the mountains. If you don’t like to stray too far from a shower, set up a tent in your backyard. In either case, a simple lesson on Lehi’s journey in the wilderness or a conversation about King Benjamin’s people facing their tents toward the temple will fit in nicely.

10. Learn campfire cooking

If you like the idea of camping but not the reality of sleeping on the ground, turn your family home evening lesson into an experience in self-reliance. Make tin foil dinners in the morning and take them to a campground to cook for dinner. These practical skills make excellent family home evening lessons.

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Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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