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 September is “I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and serve a mission.”

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 pages mentioned):

  1. 1.

    Read “A Priceless Heritage” (pages 2–3) by President James E. Faust and then talk about the pioneers in your family. Who were the first to join the Church? What is their story? Begin planning a trip to the closest family history center to search for your family records.

  2. 2.

    Invite a brother or sister to learn and present the poem “One Little Coin” (page 31). Tell the story “Tithing” (page 7) by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Ask each family member who has earned or received money in the past month to figure out how much tithing he/she should pay. Resolve to always pay an honest tithe.

  3. 3.

    Take turns reading as you go through the story “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them” (pages 4–6). What are some of the ways you can be a missionary now? As an activity, do the Funstuf puzzle “Missionary Preparation” (page 48). Read the poem “Now and Later” (page 39) to end your lesson.

  4. 4.

    Make a copy of Journal Page (page 19) for each family member. Fill them out, helping each other when you can. While you are doing this, have a family member tell the story “Abba’s Gifts” (pages 20–23). How did Abba serve Heavenly Father? What is one thing that was special about her?

  5. 5.

    Gather glue, lightweight cardboard, scissors, and yarn or ribbon. Make a copy of “The Book of Mormon” (pages 24–25) for each family member. Assign someone to talk about each of the sets of plates that contributed to the content of the Book of Mormon as you each follow the directions and make your own record of those plates. Share your testimonies of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.