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 “Heavenly Father gave me the gospel of Jesus Christ, promised before the world was.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. 1.

    Name some signs you see frequently. What do they instruct you to do? How do they keep you safe? Read President Thomas S. Monson’s message “Follow the Signs” (pp. 2–3). What instructions does he give to help us be safe spiritually? Draw six signs to remind you of his counsel and place them around the house.

  2. 2.

    Play “Grandma’s Trunk” (pp. 24–25). Then have each family member write down a favorite memory on a piece of paper and find a small object to represent that memory. Put the objects in a box and the papers in another container. Take turns reading a memory and guessing the matching object.

  3. 3.

    Think of someone your family knows who needs help. Write a list of things you could do for that person and decide which act of service you’ll perform this week. Then write another list of things this person might need help with that you cannot do yourself. How can you help with those items? Read “Protecting the Prophet” (pp. 32–33) to find out.

  4. 4.

    What does it mean to make a sacrifice? Read “Seminary Sacrifice” in the Trying to Be Like Jesus section (p. 46). Sacrificing is not easy, but it shows our love for others and Heavenly Father. If you can think of a sacrifice you have made, draw a picture of a blessing that came because of it. If you cannot think of a sacrifice you have made, draw a picture of something you will give up in order to bless someone else this week and write in your journal the blessings that come because of it.

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    Complete the activity “Women of the Gospel” (p. 48). Then divide into teams and use the Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, and Index to find out one more fact about each woman listed. How is your own mother, grandmother, aunt, or teacher also an example of righteous traits? Remember to honor these women with gratitude and love.