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 August is “The Holy Ghost is a gift from Heavenly Father.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. 1.

    Read President Monson’s message “The Canary with the Best Song” (pp. 2–3). How can we develop our “songs”—or our talents—to help others? Discuss what it means to look upon the heart. What can you do to accept people without judging them?

  2. 2.

    How does the Holy Ghost warn us of danger? Read “Stop the Boat!” (pp. 4–5) to find out how Derek’s dad is protected by following the Spirit’s promptings. As a family, discuss times when the Holy Ghost has warned you of danger. In what other ways can the Holy Ghost help us? Complete the activity on page 27.

  3. 3.

    Read the story “Blackberry Summer” (pp. 36–39). Why does Tyler decide to give the blackberries to Mrs. Gregory instead of selling them, although it means he won’t have enough money to buy the chaps? What kinds of service can you do for your family and friends? Think of someone in need and make “Frozen Pineapple Pie” (p. 48) for them as a family. Deliver it secretly or with a note that tells them how much you care.

  4. 4.

    Read the story about Anna and her great-great-grandmother in “Reunion Twins” (pp. 10–13). Look at old pictures of your family members and tell your favorite stories about them. Who do you look like? Have they passed along any other traits to you, such as being a good friend or playing a musical instrument? How have their lives blessed yours?

  5. 5.

    Read “The Walking Bible (pp. 44–46). How does Elder Palmer know what to say to the preacher? Read 1 Nephi 4:6 [1 Ne. 4:6]. What can you do to better listen to the Spirit? To learn more about the Holy Ghost, complete the activity on page 23.