Members of the Young Women and Young Men general presidencies share messages for youth about this year’s Mutual theme, “Stand Ye in Holy Places” (page 6). You’ll also find a Mormonad (page 9) and a “Line upon Line” article (page 8) related to the Mutual theme.
Starting this year, look on the inside back cover of the Friend for the “Prophet Portrait” series. These portraits by artist Robert Barrett will help your children learn about the lives and special accomplishments of Presidents of the Church. The January Friend features the Prophet Joseph Smith.
This year, help your youngsters learn about Church history by using the “On the Trail” map on pages 24 and 25 of the January Friend. Each month as the Friend highlights a different Church history site, your children can add a new picture to the map! The first site, Palmyra, is featured on pages 4 and 5.
Page 11 of the January Friend features the first of a series of pages that can help children prepare for a mission or adult life in general. The series will feature simple recipes and explanations of basic skills, and it will run every other month throughout the year.