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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are informally known as Mormons, has launched a new website designed to help strengthen families in these challenging times. It focuses on a program practiced by Mormons that can be easily adapted to families of any faith. This program, Family Home Evening or Family Night, brings the family together one night a week to learn and play as a family. It is generally a time just for families—no friends or guests are normally included.
Mormons usually hold this family night on Monday evenings, a time that is traditionally pretty calm. Of course, if Mondays are impossible, another night can be chosen, but Mormons hold no church meetings or activities that night, making it the easiest time for most families. It is set aside as a time dedicated to family life. Read more
The hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” is possibly more closely identified with the Mormons than any other. It was written in the morning of April 15, 1846, which was the day its composer, William Clayton, learned his wife had given birth to a son.
My 13-year-old son just bought an Ipod. Maybe we are technology laggards, but it took awhile for him to earn enough to purchase this coveted item. He is a typical teenager, walking around plugged in much of the time, raising his head on occasion with a puzzled look and a “What did you say?” Of course, we confess that this is the real reason we waited. Mom and Dad weren’t quite ready for the tune-out.