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 what one of the prophets had to say about general conference in “From Latter-day Prophets: David O. McKay” (IFC). Then share the information in “When the Prophet Speaks” and do the “Conference Center True/False Quiz” (pages 38–39). Decide to listen to conference as a family. Make the “General Conference Snack Mix” (page 27).

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    Read the story “Achievement-Day Mystery Activity” (pages 2–4). Talk about the sacred promises you make with Heavenly Father when you take the sacrament, and discuss ways you and your family can keep those promises better during the week.

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    Ask a brother or sister to memorize the poem Jesus Christ Showed Me How” (page 5) and present it. Read the examples of the children in “Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ” (pages 36–37). Share how you have each tried to follow the Savior’s teachings recently.

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    Read “George Albert Smith Saves the Tabernacle” (pages 32–33), then work the crossword puzzle about him (page 15). Share your testimonies about the Latter-day prophets.

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    Ask Mom or Dad to tell the story “Amazing Chicken Soup” (pages 34–35). Think of someone in your neighborhood or ward who could use your help, and plan ways to help him or her.

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    Do the activity “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Was Organized” (pages 24–25). Then tell the historical story “Word of Honor in Nauvoo” (pages 22–23). Ask each family member to tell one reason why they are grateful that the Church was restored to the earth.

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