“Family councils can be a place of unity, loyalty, and loving support and have always been needed. The Lord has provided the council system to strengthen, protect, safeguard, and nurture our most precious relationships. The family council can provide a time during which family members can learn to understand and love one another. A simple record of these councils—kept in a book like this—may become a precious family history document in the years to come."
Inspired by Elder M. Russell Ballard's counsel for families to conduct regular family councils, this journal can be a helpful tool in making note of items discussed, keeping track of "next steps" and assignments, or simply recording humorous or sweet moments you'll want to remember.
Included is an introduction by Elder Ballard outlining different types and formats for family councils as well as possible discussion topics, a list of suggestions for using the journal, guided journal pages with space for meeting minutes, and extra lined pages for additional notes.
Interspersed with inspirational quotes from Elder Ballard on the importance of families and family councils, this is the perfect gift to keep families motivated.
This is a great idea, we have been recording our family council meetings in a binder so far but I am looking forward to doing it in this book. I would have loved to see it as coil bound.
I was very inspired by Elder Ballard's talk during April general conference when he talked about holding family councils. But when conference was over, I still didn't feel like I had the tools I needed to get my own family involved. "Our Family Council Journal" is exactly what I needed! In the front is an introduction by Elder Ballard that helps me remember his direction from conference, there are motivational quotes throughout, and there's plenty of space for my family and me to keep tabs on when we meet, what we discuss, and what goals we want to make for ourselves. It's too soon to tell how effective this will be for us, obviously, but I feel much better equipped now to set a New Year's goal for my own family council. I'm thinking of buying copies for my extended family as well.