FHE When Did it start?
For members of the Church, Monday night is synonymous with family home evening. But how did it all start? This time line tells the story.
1909 -The Granite Utah Stake develops a formal family home evening program.
1915 – President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors in the First Presidency call on parents in the Church to gather their children once each week for a “Home Evening.”
1935 – President David O. McKay reminds parents that “no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
1965 – The first official family home evening manual is released; revised versions are released annually until 1984.
1970 – The First Presidency designates Monday evening as the time for family home evening.
1985 – The Family Home Evening Resource Book is introduced with broader source material and application.
1999 – The First Presidency publishes a letter reminding members not to plan ward or stake activities on Monday nights or—where practical—not to have community activities on Monday nights.
Information from: http://lds.org/ensign/2010/12/small-and-simple-things?lang=eng