FHE idea: ‘Encouraging more Love within the family’:
As a way of learning how to nourish & express the love we feel for the members of our families, we might ask ourselves the following questions:
1. Do I really Listen to each Family member? to be truly listened to is to feel loved. Do I listen to friends, neighbours & co-workers more readily than to the most important people in my life – the members of my family? Do the concerns of my family recieve as much of my attention as the concern of others? Do I make time to listen to the members of my family regularly?
2. Do I spend quality time with each family member? Developing Love, harmony and unity in a family takes time – quality time.
3. Do I help each family member feel needed? To feel useful and appreciated is a basic human need. We can help each family member fulfill this need by giving them opportunities to help us and then letting them know that we appreciate their help.
4. Do I have the ‘Pure Love of Christ’ described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8? “Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never Faileth.” Examine your relationship with each member of your family in light of this scripture. Commit yourself each morning in prayer to use these principles in dealing with at least one family member that day. Review your commitment with your Heavenly Father each evening in prayer, then plan improvements the next morning.
As you apply these you will find yourself developing greater love for all members of your family. [Taken from the Relief Society Study Course 1987]