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. Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned in the Family Home Evening Ideas. The Primary theme for August is: “Heavenly Father sends Prophets to warn and teach His children.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. 1.

    Read “Ruining the Backyard Grass” (pages 4–6), including the quote from President Spencer W. Kimball. Discuss how you can learn what President Gordon B. Hinckley has counseled you to do. Talk about how important it is for you to follow the prophet.

  2. 2.

    Invite a family member to tell the story “Baby-sitting Job” (pages 10–12). Included on these pages is a principle our prophet today says we should live. What is it? How can each family member do it?

  3. 3.

    Tell the story of King Benjamin in “Prophets Teach and Warn” (pages 18–19). Make the “Watchmen on the Tower” wheel (pages 38–39 and 41), choose one or two of the things the Apostles suggest you do, and concentrate on doing them during the coming week.

  4. 4.

    Together read “Joseph F. Smith, a Man at Age Eight” (pages 32–33), and then do the “President Joseph F. Smith Crossword” (page 26). President Smith tried to do right all his life. Invite each family member to tell about something good, kind, or brave that he or she has seen one of your family members do.

  5. 5.

    Invite your father or an older brother to present the information in “He Takes Care of His Church” (pages 34–35). Talk about how important it is to sustain the prophet and what it should mean in how you live each day.

  6. 6.

    Make some “Hand-tossed Ice Cream” (page 27) for refreshments. While you eat the ice cream, do the “Refreshments” activity (page 31) together.