Updated Friend Website Offers New Features for Children

Contributed By By Ryan Morgenegg, Church News staff writer

  • 4 May 2012

Article Highlights

  • The updated Friend magazine website is easier to use and contains new content.
  • The site is now divided into five simple categories for navigation: scripture stories, videos, games and activities, One in a Million, and I Can Play It!
  • The addition of 50 American Sign Language videos is also new.

"The Church has developed wonderful material to assist parents in teaching their children, and this site puts it at their fingertips." —Elder Keith R. Edwards of the Seventy 

The Friend magazine website at Friend.lds.org has been supplying families with young children Church-related content for a few years, but recently the site has undergone a significant facelift.

“I find the new site to be very user-friendly and a great resource for my children and grandchildren,” said Elder Keith R. Edwards of the Seventy. “The Church has developed wonderful material to assist parents in teaching their children, and this site puts it at their fingertips.”

The updated Friend magazine website is easier to use, contains new content, and brings together several resources that will be exciting for children and will help parents and teachers teach them the gospel.

The site is divided into five simple categories for navigation.

  1. Scripture stories
  2. Videos
  3. Games and activities
  4. One in a Million
  5. I Can Play It!

The site still has all previous content as well as some new features. For example, a new podcast of children's stories from the Friend is quite popular. It’s a half-hour program that contains stories and music that families can enjoy together.

The addition of 50 American Sign Language videos is also new. The videos feature a Primary-age child who uses American Sign Language while audio of the song plays in the background. It’s a great way for children to learn a new language.

The “I Can Play It” feature is very popular among children and adults. Visitors to the site can download simplified sheet music and accompanying MP3 files to learn how to play Primary songs. Piano and music teachers can use the materials to teach others how to play Church music.

Electronic versions of past issues of the Friend magazine dating back to 1971 are also available at the site. Full PDF versions date back to 2001.