Since its the new year, and we are all on the “new goals” bandwagon… here is a fun idea you can do with your family tonight:
Make a Family Time Capsule
1- Find a small box, pens, pencils, ,markers, tape, envelopes, a bowl and paper
2- Write the following questions on small pieces of paper and put them in the bowl.
- What is your favorite memory from 2011?
- What is the funniest thing that happened in 2011?
- What is the most important lesson you learned last year?
- What was one of your greatest challenges last year?
- What is something that you improved in, or became better at, last year?
- What is something you gained a stronger testimony about?
- What is a prayer that was answered in your life?
3- Give everyone a piece of paper and then take turns pulling the questions out of the bowl, answering the questions on your own paper as you go.
4- Go around and share your answers
5- Previously review, then share one or all of these stories from Heber J. Grant’s life about how he achieved excellence: Heber J Grant – aim high – goals
6- Have everyone write a letter to themselves for 2012. Have them include the spiritual, physical, social, etc. goals that they have, what they want to get better at in their lives, and specifics about the kind of year they hope to have.
7- Seal up their letters in individual envelopes, and have each person address it to themselves.
8- Put everything in the box and then wrap up and decorate the box. You could have everyone sign it and put, “To be opened on ____________(date of first Family Home Evening in 2013)”
9- Select a spot in the house to put the time capsule that is out of the way, but a place where each person will see it often and be reminded of their goals for the year.
- Choose a family theme scripture for the year. Put that theme scripture on the box.
- Put items in the box such as pictures from 2011, special things from the year (awards, etc), notes to each other, etc
- Keep a family time capsule scrapbook – so do this each year, and after you open the box a year later, put the contents in a scrapbook