September 11th, 2006

FHE and Monday Night Football

The designation of Monday night for family home evening came in September 1970. The Priesthood Bulletin announced that “in a recent meeting the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve approved the setting aside of Monday night for holding family home evening throughout the entire Church. Encouragement is now given to stakes, missions, wards, and branches to reserve Monday evening for family home evening. ” Families [should] be left free from Church activities so that they can meet together in family home evening
Rex W. Allred, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Jan. 1987, 52

Monday Night Football first aired on ABC on September 21, 1970, with a match between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland, Ohio.
(from the wikipedia)

Monday Night Football being instituted the same month as the Lord’s program for families to spend time with one another… Coincidence? Perhaps not…

3 Responses to “FHE and Monday Night Football”

  1. The Silent Observer
    September 12, 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    Very interesting! This is obviously inspiration, a heavenly mandate for all families to stay home Monday night and enjoy the One True Sport together.

  2. Spencer J
    September 13, 2006 at 9:01 pm #

    I have replaced Monday night football and Sunday football with an Elders Quorum Madden night football. We get to choose what team is playing and it is interactive. I always lose but who cares.

  3. john pitkin
    February 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Seems funny that Steve Young, Rob Morris, Todd Heap are allowed to play football but heaven forbid people watch it! You can’t tell me that it is just a job for them. I am sure that Todd Heap enjoys it when those 70,000+ non-mormons at M&T Bank stadium cheer after he scores a touchdown.

    Logically FHE makes sense at some point of the week. A night of no tv and just family, anyone would say its a great idea until they find out it is done on Monday. I would say Friday or Saturday make more sense. Monday is the start of the School/Work week; kids might have homework and adults might have other paperwork. Not to mention that Tuesday is almost always a school/work day.

    Besides, on the east coast a monday night football game could go until 1 a.m. What parent in their right mind would allow their child to stay up that late?

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