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 January is “I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. 1.

    Tell the story “To Do His Best” (pages 27–29). Memorize the poem on page 28 so you can remind yourself to always do your best. Read “Covenants” (pages 2–3) by President James E. Faust. Pretend you are walking by the people in the story. Decide what you would do to be your best in that situation. Repeat the poem, and promise one another to always try to do your best to follow the Savior.

  2. 2.

    Follow the instructions for “Places in Which We Worship” (page 18). As you think of ways in which you can worship, make a list for each picture. Hang the pictures and the lists somewhere in your home where you can see them during the week.

  3. 3.

    Ask a family member to tell the story “I Will! I Will!” (pages 46–48). Spend some time singing some of your favorite hymns. You might want to learn “I’ll Follow Him in Faith” (pages 24–25). Choose someone to serenade as a family this week.

  4. 4.

    Read together Baptism (page 7) by Elder Robert D. Hales. Talk about the blessings we receive when we are baptized and about the promises we make in return. Then tell the story “Jaden Goes Shopping” (page 16). How did Jaden follow the Savior? How can you?

  5. 5.

    Using the pictures, tell the New Testament stories “The Ten Virgins” and “The Talents” (pages 10–15). Talk about the importance of making right choices now, about being prepared, about not putting off till tomorrow what you should be doing today. Have each family member write down two things that he or she can do this week to follow the Savior.

Special Announcement Satellite Broadcast for Children

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invite children of the Church to attend a special satellite broadcast on 8 February 2003 at 2:00 P.M. mountain standard time. A member of the First Presidency and members of the Primary general presidency will address the children.

“We hope children will remember this all their lives,” says Sister Sydney S. Reynolds, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, noting that broadcasts especially for children are rare.

The theme of the broadcast is “I’ll Follow Him in Faith.” “We want to help parents strengthen their children’s faith in the Savior, because He is ultimately the source of comfort, peace, and direction,” Sister Reynolds says.

Primary children ages 7–11, their parents, and Primary leaders are invited to attend the broadcast. The occasion takes place during the 125th anniversary year of the Primary organization and is the first broadcast for children to take place in the Conference Center. It will be broadcast in many languages, with rebroadcasts scheduled to accommodate time zones throughout the world.