From the First Presidency


Articles of Faith

Book of Mormon

Choose the Right

  • “Choose the Right Path!” (May 2016 Friend)
    During the April 2016 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson taught about making good choices.
  • “Crossroads” (April 2004 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that our decisions lead to our destiny.
  • “Decide Right Now” (March 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares a story about choosing the right. Includes a short activity about choices.

Christmas

  • “Can We See the Christ?” (December 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf counsels that the glitter of the season should not distract us from Christ. Includes a matching activity about symbols for Christ.
  • “The Christmas Cane” (December 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares his experiences acting out the Christmas nativity as a boy. He teaches that Christmas is a time to recommit to Christ.
  • “Christmas Is about Christ” (December 2013 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that we should remember Christ and bring gifts to Him. Includes a couple simple activities.
  • “The Christmas Pony” (December 2014 Friend)
    President Monson learned as a boy that the secret to having a good Christmas is not in getting a certain present but in doing kind things for others.
  • “Following the Light” (December 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    A Christmas message from the First Presidency to the children of the world. Just as the Wiseman followed the star to worship Christ, we worship Him by following Him.
  • “Getting Ready for Christmas” (December 2012 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says we can prepare for Christmas by setting aside time to think of Jesus Christ. Includes instructions to make a paper-plate advent wreath.
  • “The Reason for the Wonder” (December 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency reminds children that when they remember the birth of Jesus, the Christmas season becomes truly special.
  • “Savior is Born” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency shares the story of Christ’s birth and encourages us to keep His commandments.
  • “Singing with Angels” (December 2015 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring tells about singing Christmas carols with his family when he was a boy. Includes a matching activity.

Courage

  • “Courage Counts” (November 2005 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that we must have courage to follow our Heavenly Father, just like the people in the scriptures did.
  • “Dare to Stand Alone” (October 2013 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson tells about a time he had to have courage. Includes two simple activities.
  • “Gifts of Courage” (November 2010 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches that Heavenly Father gives us courage, spiritual gifts, and the Holy Ghost to face life’s problems. Includes a scripture matching game.
  • “Never Give Up” (January 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how he was always the last one picked for baseball teams, but he didn’t give up, and he eventually led his team to victory.

Duty

  • “Do Your Duty” (February 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson tells a story about a boy who found a king’s emerald. We follow the Lord when we do our duty.
  • “A Special Pigeon” (April 2013 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson learned his duty as a teacher’s quorum president from a devoted adviser who gave him a pair of pigeons.

Easter

  • “Following the Savior’s Path” (April 2012 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares his testimony of Jesus Christ and how we can find joy as we following Him. Includes an activity about the last week of the Savior’s life.
  • “He Lives” (April 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) teaches that remembering the Savior’s Atonement brings peace.
  • “Palm Sunday” (March 2016 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches about Palm Sunday and how we can walk the path of discipleship. Includes an idea for hanging paper hearts to remember what we love about Jesus.

Example

  • “Be a Shining Light!” (November 2015 Friend)
    During the October 2015 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson taught some ways we can let our light shine and be a good example to those around us.
  • “Set upon a Hill” (July 2005 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) teaches that we can be an example to the world if we live the standards of the Church.

Faith

  • “Be On the Lord’s Side” (June 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teachers that being on the Lord’s side gives us hope in time of trouble. Includes a template for cheerful note cards and an activity to help children know how their families joined the Church.
  • “Be Not Afraid” (February 2005 Liahona and Friend)
    When President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) left for a mission, his good father handed him a card on which were written five words: “Be not afraid, only believe.”
  • “Frame Your Life with Faith” (July 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    President Monson teaches us to have faith and shares a very special experience he had with children in Samoa.
  • “Truth Will Prevail” (September 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) teaches us to overcome fear with faith, just like Daniel did.

Family

  • “The Gospel Is For Everyone” (September 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares a message about helping his family as a boy. He testifies that the gospel is for people of every nation.
  • “Your Future Home” (April 2016 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about feelings he had as a child about his future home. Includes a crossword puzzle activity.

Family History

  • “A Priceless Heritage” (July 2016 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares a story about one of his ancestors who joined the Church in 1855. Includes a simple activity.

Fasting

  • “Fasting for Vanuatu!” (September 2015 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring was moved by hearing of the storm damaged island of Vanuatu to pay his fast offering early so it might help the hungry, homeless and lonely.

First Vision

  • “The First Vision” (June 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares his testimony of Joseph Smith’s First Vision.

Forgiveness

  • “Be More Forgiving” (March 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) shares how a woman forgave a young man who hurt her.

Giving a Talk

  • “My First Talk” (May 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how he felt giving his first talk. Includes tips for writing talks.

General Conference

  • “A Message for Misti” (September 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how a general conference talk answered a little girl’s question.

Gratitude

  • “Count Your Blessings” (March 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring encourages keeping a gratitude journal. Includes a matching game about the Lord blessing the children of Israel in the book of Exodus.
  • “Give Thanks for Everything” (January 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares a story about a woman who finds a way to say thank you despite her trials.
  • “A Grateful Heart” (November 2013 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches about being thankful in all things. Includes a simple activity.
  • “Grateful No Matter What” (October 2015 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches about gratitude. Includes a matching activity.
  • “Seeing Our Blessings” (October 2014 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares a story about a family who learned to recognize their blessings.

I Am a Child of God

Jesus Christ

  • “Becoming Like Jesus Christ” (January 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains what it means to develop Christlike qualities.
  • “Following the Savior’s Path” (April 2012 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares his testimony of Jesus Christ and how we can find joy as we following Him. Includes an activity about the last week of the Savior’s life.
  • “Sold!” (April 2014 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches about the Atonement by telling a story about a boy buying a bicycle.
  • “Trying to Be Like Jesus” (May 2014 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches that the Savior has prepared the way through His Atonement and His example. Includes a word search activity.
  • “Where Is Jesus?” (March 2015 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares a message about Jesus Christ. Includes a word activity.

Joseph Smith

Kindness

  • “Stop It!” (June 2013 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us to be kind to each other.

Language

Learning

  • “Learn!” (September 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares how he longed to learn as a child in postwar Germany. Learning is a commandment and a blessing. Includes a vocabulary game and list of things to help you learn.

Love

  • “Guided by Love” (June 2014 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that love should be our walk and our talk. Includes a simple activity.
  • “The Light of a New Day” (January 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can destroy hatred between people and truly bring peace.
  • “Showing the Love in Your Heart” (September 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    We show our love for others when we serve them. Includes a quiz and coloring page.
  • “You are the Savior’s Hands” (January 2015 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches us that we are the Savior’s hands as we extend our love to others.

Missionary Work

  • “All Because a Child Knew the Articles of Faith” (June 2011 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson talks about a friend who joined the Church because a little girl shared the Articles of Faith with him.
  • “Fearless in Sharing the Gospel” (November 2009 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about his great-grandmother who shared the gospel despite persecution. Includes a fill-in-the-blank activity.
  • “The Gift of the Gospel” (July 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring encourages us to share the gospel.
  • “The Gospel—A Gift to Share” (June 2012 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares how members can help missionaries share the gospel. Includes a matching activity about our gospel blessings.
  • “The Gospel Is For Everyone” (September 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares a message about helping his family as a boy. He testifies that the gospel is for people of every nation.
  • “Helping Feed the Savior’s Lambs” (April 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches how children can help others in the gospel.
  • “Helping the Lambs” (March 2008 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches that children can strengthen others’ faith.
  • “Reach Out to Others” (August 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that we can be happy when we reach out to others. Includes a picture activity about children sharing the gospel.
  • “Thankful for Missionary Work” (June 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) shares some of his missionary experiences from the British Isles.
  • “You Found Me, Bishop!” (January 2014 Friend)
    A story from the life of President Thomas S. Monson when he helped a young man return to church by being his friend. Being a friend is one way to help other find the gospel.

Obedience

  • “Abide with Me” (August 2014 Friend)
    President Henry B. Erying shares an experience he had in a sacrament meeting when he was young and testifies that we can feel closer to the Savior as we keep the commandments.
  • “The Blessings of Obeying” (July 2014 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches about the importance of obedience and how the Savior was the perfect example of obeying. Includes a couple of activities.
  • “Fire!” (August 2015 Friend)
    President Tomas S. Monson tells a story from his youth when he learned the importance of obedience. Includes a maze activity.
  • “Following a Prophet” (August 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) shares what happened when his parents followed the counsel of living prophets and decided to hold family home evening.
  • “Safe on the Sea” (October 2011 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that we will be safe in times of trouble if we follow the Savior. Includes a coloring page with helps for safely crossing the sea of life.

Patriarchal Blessings

  • “Gifts from Heaven” (November 2014 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about receiving his patriarchal blessing and testifies that we all have been given gifts from Heavenly Father that we need to develop.

Peacemakers

  • “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” (July 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches about being peacemakers. Includes a brief history of the Beatitudes and an activity.

Pioneers

  • “A Banner of Faithfulness” (February 2010 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf tells the story of John Rowe Moyle, the pioneer who carved “Holiness to the Lord” over the doors of the Salt Lake Temple despite personal hardship. Includes instructions to make a felt banner.
  • “A Priceless Heritage” (July 2016 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares a story about one of his ancestors who joined the Church in 1855. Includes a simple activity.
  • “A Prophet’s Pledge” (July 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Monson talks about his pioneer ancestors. Includes space to draw a modern pioneer.

Plan of Salvation

  • “Back to Your Heavenly Home” (April 2015 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf tells story of our pre-mortal home. Includes two activities.
  • “Three Bridges” (April 2008 Liahona and November 2008 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that Christ built the Bridge of Obedience, the Bridge of Service, and the Bridge of Prayer so we can return to our heavenly home.
  • “Walk the High Road” (January 2006 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) teaches us to build happy futures through prayer, faith, and keeping the commandments.

Prayer

  • “The Five-Dollar Miracle” (January 2013 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson gained a testimony of prayer as a boy when he recovered a five-dollar bill that he thought he’d lost in the laundry.
  • “Guiding You Home” (July 2011 Liahona and Friend)

    President Henry B. Eyring tells the story of a time his son prayed after he got lost walking home. Includes an activity and information about the Primary teacher who helped create the “CTR” motto for the Church.
  • “Praying to Our Father” (June 2015 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring testifies that God will answer your prayers. Includes a rebus and treasure hunt activity.

Priesthood Blessings

  • “Help to Heal” (February 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares a story about giving a friend a blessing while in the military. He testifies that we are entitled to the Lord’s help.

Prophets

  • “Following a Prophet” (August 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) shares what happened when his parents followed the counsel of living prophets and decided to hold family home evening.
  • “A Prophet’s Love” (October 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares how President Monson took the time to visit an old friend in Germany even though President Monson was injured. Includes some German phrases to learn.

Repentance

Respect

  • “A Lesson in Respect” (October 2012 Friend)
    As a deacon, President Thomas S. Monson learned to respect another young man who took his priesthood responsibility seriously.

Restoration

Resurrection

  • “The Beautiful Day” (April 2011 Friend)
    President Monson talks about a young friend who passed away. He testified that death is not the end because of the Atonement.
  • “Joy Cometh in the Morning” (April 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how a young girl knew she would see her deceased mother again.

Reverence

  • “A Lesson In Reverence” (March 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how he learned to be reverent in Primary after his class misbehaved. Includes a maze encouraging reverence.

Sacrament

  • “Sacred Ground” (September 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how he felt the Spirit when passing the sacrament as a young boy.

Scriptures

  • “Listen for His Voice” (January 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf tells us how to listen to Heavenly Father’s voice. Includes a connect-the-dot activity.

Service

  • “Baseballs and Service” (September 2012 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson tells a story of when he did service for his elderly neighbor when he was a boy.
  • “A Birthday Wish Fulfilled” (August 2011 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how children all over the world did kind deeds to celebrate his birthday. Includes instructions to make a warm fuzzy.
  • “Faithful Friends” (November 2011 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches that we become the Savior’s friend when we serve others. Includes a matching game and description of how Christ is our friend.
  • “A Gift for Billy” (October 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how his Primary class helped a struggling classmate. Includes an activity that prompts children to serve others.
  • “Going on an Errand for the Lord” (January 2012 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares a time when he followed the Lord’s prompting to give someone a priesthood blessing. Includes suggestions to follow promptings and bless others.
  • “A Heart Filled With Love” (February 2013 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about a day of service.
  • “How Many People Can We Help?” (June 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson teaches that Heavenly Father wants us to notice others and serve them. Includes a matching activity and statistics about the humanitarian aid program.
  • “How to Give” (October 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches us how to give the most meaningful gifts.
  • “Learning to Serve Others” (August 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Stories of how President Thomas S. Monson’s family performed service and set a good example for him as a boy.
  • “Save Her!” (July 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    A story of when 11-year-old President Thomas S. Monson rescued a girl on the Provo River.
  • “Showing Love through Service” (February 2015 Friend)
    President Monson learned to and gave service as a child. Includes activities on how we can give service.
  • “Wake-Up Calls” (November 2012 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring says the Lord gives us special promptings when we need to serve others. Includes an illustrated story from the New Testament, a word search, and a service checklist.
  • “We’ll Carry You!” (February 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson tells of young women who offered to carry a friend on a hike when they learned she would be unable to participate otherwise.

Temples

  • “Temple Blessings” (May 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf describes going to the temple with his parents and siblings to be sealed together as a family.
  • “Priceless Temple Blessings” (May 2015 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson announces three new temples and shares what a blessing temples are. Includes some other facts and quotes from the April 2015 general conference.

Temptation

  • “Deadly Maka-Fekes” (June 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson warns that Satan uses attractive temptations to destroy us, just as Tongan fisherman use beautiful lures to trap octopuses.

Testimony

  • “The Most Powerful Motivating Force” (August 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf share how the desire to become a pilot helped him learn English. Righteous motivations help us, and the most powerful righteous motivation is a testimony.
  • “A Testimony of the Church” (July 2015 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches how we can gain a testimony. Includes a simple activity.
  • “The True Church” (March 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    Elder Henry B. Eyring shares how he gained his testimony that the Church is true.
  • “Three Ways to Build a Strong Testimony” (May 2009 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares how building a strong testimony is like building a strong road. Includes a fill-in-the-blank vocabulary activity.
  • “Quest for Testimony” (August 2013 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches about gaining a testimony and exercising faith.
  • “An Unshakable Foundation” (May 2013 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares how to build a strong foundation for your testimony.

Tithing

  • “Five Little Fish” (November 2007 Friend)
    President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), tells the story of a couple who were blessed with food to eat after paying their tithing.

Trials

  • “Challenges Help Us Grow” (March 2014 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf talks about some challenges he had as a boy and teaches that hard times make you stronger.

Unity

  • “Knitting Our Hearts Together” (August 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring teaches that a family can be united when family members of the family pray for and work toward unity. Includes a maze activity.

Work

  • “There Is Work to Do!” (September 2013 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that hard work is important. Includes activity.