May 14, 2013 by FHElessons
Lately, I’ve been seeing quite a few versions of Conversation Jenga circulating around Pinterest. I thought it would be fun to make a Conversation Jenga game specifically geared for talking about the gospel. If you’re lucky enough to have one of those kids who just constantly asks you questions and frequently brings up discussions related to the gospel, then you may not need this game. But for the rest of us, I thought it would be helpful to have a way to get those conversations going so that we can talk with our kids about important topics and let them know our feelings and opinions and share some of our knowledge with them. Just playing this game together could make for a great Family Home Evening!
To make my game, I bought the generic Jenga game from Target. It cost $5. Then I wrote a question on each block with a sharpie. I used a variety of colors just for fun, but you could also color code it in a way that would let you play the game with a variety of different ages by writing the questions for younger children in one color and those for older children in another color and questions for teens in a third color. Another idea would be to color code the questions by topic.
My Jenga game had 48 blocks, and I wrote a question on each and every one. But you could also leave some blocks blank as freebies. Another possibility would be to write questions on just a few blocks using pencil and make the questions all be about whatever gospel topic your FHE lessons was on that night. Then you could use the game another time to go with another lesson by erasing the first questions and writing in new ones.
Write questions on the blocks and stack them as shown in the picture above. I will share my questions at the end of this post in case you want to use them.
Players take turns removing a block from the stack. The object is to remove a block without causing the stack to topple over. If the player successfully removes a block, he reads the question on the block out loud and then answers it. Allow a little time for other family members to comment. Some questions may just elicit a short response and some may naturally cause a longer discussion. The parent can help guide the discussion and lengthen it out. Alternatively, you can play that once someone pulls out a block, everyone in the family will answer the question on that block.
Once the question has been successfully answered, the player places the block on top of the stack. Play then moves on to the next player and so on. If a player does make the stack fall over, then he is out. The blocks can be re-stacked and play continues until someone else is out. The last person to remain in the game is the winner.
Here are the questions I used for my game. Some of them may be more mature than you are looking for, but remember that even kids in elementary school will probably be hearing about homosexuality, abortion, pornography, and other mature issues today. They will be discussing these issues with their friends, so it is important that you discuss them as a family as well. Talking about these issues calmly will help your kids not to be afraid to approach you about them in the future. And since kids frequently receive misinformation from their friends about less talked about issues, it’s important for them to get the actual facts from their parents. Most importantly, many things which are wrong seem to be touted by society today as being right. So if we don’t want our children to be instructed by society as to what is right and wrong, we need to make sure that we teach them the truth ourselves. Just some thoughts to keep in mind while deciding what questions to include in your own Conversation Jenga game.
Gospel Topics Questions
1. Who is your favorite General Authority and why?
2. If you had the kind of faith to move mountains, what is the first thing you would do with it?
3. What do you like most about your family?
4. If you could serve a mission anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
5. What is your favorite church song?
6. What is the longest amount of time you have ever prayed at once? For how long would you like to pray, sometime?
7. What’s your favorite scripture story?
8. Who is your favorite person from the scriptures and why?
9. Who should come first – your family or the Lord? How do you balance them?
10. Name something you know about one of your ancestors.
11. Is it possible to be perfect? Why or why not?
12. What do you like most about the gospel?
13. What would you say are the benefits of fasting?
14. List some things that you think are good to do on a Sunday.
15. Why does it matter what you wear and whether it is modest?
16. Why is it a good idea to wait until age 16 to date?
17. What’s wrong with dating someone exclusively before you’re old enough to marry?
18. When you pray for an answer, how can you tell if it’s your own feelings or the Holy Ghost?
19. Why is it bad to hold a grudge?
20. What do you rely on to comfort yourself when times are tough?
21. Are we our “brother’s keeper”? How?
22. What does it mean to be a disciple?
23. What is bad about pornography?
24. How can we overcome sin?
25. After repenting, how can we know if we are forgiven from a sin?
26. Have you experienced any blessings from paying tithing?
27. What is wrong with a homosexual lifestyle?
28. What is the difference between tolerating a sinful person and tolerating sin itself?
29. Is there ever a circumstance where abortion is acceptable?
30. How can you know if God answers prayers?
31. What is wrong with gambling?
32. The Word of Wisdom prohibits “hot drinks”. Does this include soda or pills with caffeine in them?
33. Which do you think is worse: gossiping or skipping church?
34. How do you think Heavenly Father created the bodies for Adam and Eve?
35. How can dinosaurs exist when the Bible doesn’t mention them?
36. How can God have created the world in only 6 days?
37. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
38. Is it important to always tell the truth? Are there any circumstance in which you should lie?
39. Does the name of a church matter?
40. What makes the LDS church “true” as opposed to any other church?
41. Are any forms of electronics addictive?
42. Why does God allow bad things to happen?
43. Is it OK to read other Bible translations or should we stick with King James?
44. What does it mean to honor the Priesthood?
45. What would happen if someone voted “opposed” during the sustainings at church?
46. How do we know if a man is a prophet?
47. Some people think that Mormons are not Christians. What can we say to them?
48. Do you think it is hard or easy to share the gospel with others? Why?
One last note: If a question comes up that you don’t feel you know the answer to yourself, you can just state that to your child. Ask what they think about it. Discuss some things that you have thought in the past and why you haven’t yet made a decision on what your answer is to the question. These questions don’t necessarily have a right and a wrong answer. Many of them are just to help you get a discussion going.
Also, be sure to make everyone feel accepted no matter what his/her answer may be to any given question. Do not allow family members to belittle each other or make any disparaging remarks. Keep the conversation positive and filled with love. Try to respond in a way that lets your child know that you value his/her opinion. Then offer your own opinion and knowledge you have gained from the experience of your life in a way that keeps the conversation open and happy. I suggest adding a little instruction to everyone at the beginning of the game about being accepting and loving.
I hope your family has fun with this game and that it helps to open up discussion between you. I hope it helps you to teach the gospel to your children. Happy FHE!