Guide to the Friend

The Guide to the Friend can help you find stories or articles for preparing lessons or talks for church or for family home evening. Also included is subscription and submission information.

Family Home Evening Ideas

If your parents ask you to help plan a family home evening, you may want to use an idea from the Friend. Here are some ideas in this issue that you may like (look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned):

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    Read together “From Latter-day Prophets: John Taylor” (IFC). Then talk about some of the things the children of the Jersey City Second Branch (pages 8–9) have done to follow the prophet. What do you do or can you do to follow the prophet?

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    Invite a brother or sister to learn and present the poem “The Prophets and Me” (page 13). Tell the story “‘Who Is This Prophet?’” (pages 2–4) and try to remember some of the things President Hinckley has counseled us to do.

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    Tell the story “A Whispering in the Heart” (pages 40–42). Ask a parent to talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost and all the blessings and help we receive because of it.

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    Do the “President Joseph Fielding Smith Crossword” (page 5). Then tell the story “Midnight Adventures of Young Joseph Fielding Smith” (pages 38–39). Remember and share some of your favorite stories about prophets.

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    Prepare and use the pictures to teach your family the song “We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” (pages 24–25). Sing it several times. Ask a brother or sister to make the shoe-box panorama of “The First Vision” (pages 32–33) and use it to tell about Joseph Smith’s vision. Bear your testimony of this prophet.

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    Serve the “Spicy Potato Salad” or the “Caramel Brownies” (page 27) for refreshments.

Follow the Prophet Posters

Additional copies of the Follow the Prophet poster (stock no. 21959) are available for 25¢ each from the Salt Lake Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104-4233.

Friend Subscriptions

The U.S. subscription rate is $8.00 a year. To order by mail, send a check or money order, with your name and complete address, and the name of the magazine to Salt Lake Distribution Center, Church Magazines, P.O. Box 26368, Salt Lake City, Utah 84126-0368. Make check or money order payable to: Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. To order by phone with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) call 1-800-537-5971.

Sixty days’ notice required for change of address. Please include your mailing label from a recent issue of the magazine when sending a change of address. Address changes cannot be made unless the old address as well as the new is included.

The Friend is available each month in Braille, or as a Talking Book, for the visually impaired. For more information, write: Manager, Special Curriculum, 24th Floor, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3200.

Manuscript Submissions

The Friend welcomes unsolicited manuscripts but is not responsible for them. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned unless a stamped, addressed envelope is enclosed. Send manuscripts to Friend Magazine, 24th Floor, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3226. Send e-mail to

Send children’s submissions to Friend Magazine, 24th Floor, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3226, in care of the appropriate department—Our Creative Friends, Friends in the News, Childviews, Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ.