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 April is “I will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me and do my part to have an eternal family.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. 1.

    Read President James E. Faust’s message “The Comforter” (pages 2–3). What can the Comforter do for us? Take turns describing ways you can live worthy to receive the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

  2. 2.

    Do you have any family members who live far away, are serving in the military, or are serving a mission? Read “Sealed with a Hug” (pages 4–6). Think of someone you love who is far away and make a plan to strengthen your relationship with him or her. You may want to write letters or cards, assemble a package, or record your voice on a cassette tape.

  3. 3.

    Read “Joseph’s Baptism (pages 20–22). Have family members who have been baptized tell what they remember about that special day. How was it different from Joseph’s baptism day? How was it the same? Even though not all of us have to work as hard physically as Joseph to prepare for baptism, we must prepare spiritually. Complete the activities “Choose the Right” (page 23) and “Follow the Words of the Scriptures” (page 26) to help you remember two ways you can prepare for and keep baptismal covenants.

  4. 4.

    To discover one reason we should help others, read “The Worth of Eddie Porter” (pages 34–36). Just as prayer helps Matt and his father find Eddie, we can pray for help in noticing others who may need our friendship. Pray throughout the week that you’ll notice someone you can help and share your experiences next week at family home evening.

  5. 5.

    Read “My Family Can Be Together Forever” (pages 40–41). How can we prepare to live eternally with our families? Share stories from your family history and complete the activity “Family History Scroll” (page 37) to remind you that ancestors are a part of our eternal families, too.