We've had a lot of emails asking for a few more details about the 2011 Return to the Family project, so hopefully we'll answer any questions that you might have!
In today’s world, the family unit is often discounted, and even overlooked, so we are calling for a revolution. We would like to invite you to return to YOUR family, by using these two steps: 1) having regular family dinners and 2) having uplifting art in your home.
1. Have Regular Family Dinners
Family dinners aren’t about the food. They’re about being together. And families that regularly eat dinner together are happier and less stressed.
Children that eat dinner with their families are more well-adjusted, healthier, and perform better in school, on average, than children that don't eat with their families.
In the 2007 General Conference session, Dallin H. Oaks gave a talk, "Good, Better, Best" where he counseled families to avoid over-scheduling.
The number of those who report that their “whole family usually eats dinner together” has declined 33 percent. This is the most concerning because the time a family spends together “eating meals at home [is] the strongest predictor of children’s academic achievement and psychological adjustment.” Family mealtimes have also been shown to be a strong bulwark against children’s smoking, drinking, or using drugs. There is inspired wisdom in this advice to parents: what your children really want for dinner, is you.
2. Have Uplifting Art In Your Home
One of the easiest ways to get dinnertime conversations started is by simply displaying a piece of art work in your dining area.
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are taught:
A house is a place where people live in peace and happiness. A house can be a cave, a cottage, a tent, a palace, a cabin, or a hogan. The size or beauty of a building does not make it a home; happy people make a home.
Each of us should create a feeling in our home that will inspire our family. We want our family members to live gospel principles and to make good use of their time and talents. We should provide opportunities for study, recreation, and hobbies in our homes. Then family members will want to be at home and will be less likely to seek activities elsewhere.
Children are a direct product of their environment, and what they learn within the walls of our homes, are the lessons that will carry them through life. The art in our homes tells our children what OUR priorities are. When we display pictures of the temple and of the Savior, we are bearing our testimonies to them.
The 2011 Return to the Family project is designed to teach and inspire your family.
We want to provide opportunities for you to teach the values and principles of integrity and virtue to your children.
We have hand selected 12 LIMITED Collectors Edition Paintings, that will feature custom quotes and sayings, designed to spark interest and encourage family discussion.
The first painting, as shown above, will come to you in a beautiful frame.
Each month after, you will receive a new matted image, (so that you can switch out the paintings) to display.
Total cost of this project is $199.00. You will receive 12 LIMITED Collectors Edition Paintings, signed by Liz, along with a brief history behind the artwork along with several topics of discussion that correlate with the print. If you purchase this option, the cost of each painting is less than $17 per month.
If you’re not able purchase the whole year at one time, you also have the option to purchase the paintings month to month. The first payment will be $34.95, for the painting and the frame, and the following 11 months after would be just $21.95.
We are so excited about this project, know that it will change your life.
To order your paintings, click here: Return to the Family.
Liz Lemon Swindle began her painting career in first grade. Her first exhibitions were on the refrigerator, encouraged by her father. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist, Nancy Glazier. In 1992, Liz began painting a subject matter she had long desired to approach: her faith. Her paintings are now held in corporate and private collections around the world and have been published in countless magazines and books. Liz Lemon Swindle has painted more pictures of Christ and his life here upon this earth than any other artist living or deceased. Liz and her husband Jon have five children and thirteen grandchildren.