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 Family Home Evening Ideas. The overall Primary theme for 2002 is “The Temple—I’m Going There Someday,” and the theme for January is “I love to see the temple.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. 1.

    Read together “God’s Power Within You” (pages 2–3) by President Gordon B. Hinckley. Make a list of some of the temptations that each family member faces, and talk about ways you can “overpower” them.

  2. 2.

    Invite your parents to express their feelings about the temple. They may want to use the poem “Foundations” (page 48). Then tell the story “Stewart, a Commandment-Keeper, Too” (pages 4–6). Talk about the importance of living worthily so that you can receive temple blessings. Begin your collection of temple cards (page 33).

  3. 3.

    Talk about some of Elder Athos M. Amorim’s experiences as he learned to “Be of Good Cheer” (pages 8–9). Then share the story “Dancing in the Snow” (pages 10–12). Resolve to be of good cheer, to have hope, even when times are hard.

  4. 4.

    Make copies of “All About Me!” (page 13) for each family member. Share some family stories about your ancestors, and then fill out your journal pages together. Continue to keep a journal throughout the year.

  5. 5.

    Have a younger family member memorize and present the poem “Just Like Him” (page 17). Share some of the experiences from Childviews (IFC) and Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ (pages 46–47). Decide one thing each of you can do during the coming week to be more like Him.

  6. 6.

    Discuss the important things for which tithing money is used by the Church (temples, missionary work, meetinghouses, blessing people’s lives in many ways). Read the story “Sharing the Boot Money” (pages 36–37). Fill out a tithing donation slip together.

  7. 7.

    Make your favorite recipe from a past issue of the magazine for refreshments.

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