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. The Primary theme for May is “Family members have important responsibilities.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned below.

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    Read President James E. Faust’s message “We Believe in You!” (pp. 2–3). How did Josh Bowers “make a difference”? How can you? Tell about a time you were honest when it was tempting not to be. How did you feel? Discuss others you admire because of their honesty. Read “Kindness and Candy” in Trying to Be Like Jesus (p. 46) to see another example of honesty.

  2. 2.

    In May we commemorate the restoration of the priesthood (see D&C 13). Read the poem “Priesthood Power” (p. 7) to learn about two duties of Aaronic Priesthood holders. Can you name other Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood duties? Cooperate to complete “Aaronic Priesthood Activity” (p. 48) and discuss the blessings that come to each family member through priesthood service. (To learn more, see “The Restoration of the Priesthood,”Friend, May 2003, 39.)

  3. 3.

    Our brothers and sisters can be some of our best friends. Read “Making a New Friend” (pp. 10–11) and “Haylee Atkinson of Provo, Utah” (pp. 17–19). How did these children show friendship for their brothers and sisters? How can you?

  4. 4.

    Part of making family life run smoothly includes working together. Read “A Good Day” (p. 28) and discuss why working makes us happier. Complete “Family Duties” (pp. 24–25). Then make “Family Sunshine Delight” (p. 29) for dessert.

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    Read “Mother’s Day for Mrs. Martin” (pp. 20–22). Discuss ways to celebrate Mother’s Day—by honoring both your mother and other special women you know. Choose someone (maybe a neighbor or a grandmother) whom your family would like to honor and make her a “Quilted Card” (p. 30).

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    See page 32 for more ideas.