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 October is “Latter-day prophets teach me the way to obtain God’s promises.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. 1.

    Look at the illustration on page 3. What is the castle built upon? Have someone read Matthew 7:24–27. Sing “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” (Children’s Songbook, p. 281). Now read Helaman 5:12. Discuss how following the prophets, who speak for Jesus Christ, is like building our testimonies on a sure foundation. Finish by reading “Latter-day Prophets Speak” (p. 2) and having each family member point out one teaching that applies to him or her.

  2. 2.

    Read “Journey to Baptism (pp. 18–19). Is someone in your family preparing for baptism, or recently baptized? Ask him or her to talk about the importance of baptism. No matter if your baptism was recent or a long time ago, you can continue to honor the covenant you made. Read the list “What to Do Now?” (p. 48) and have each family member pick one thing to work on that week. For an activity, play the game “Keeping Our Baptismal Covenant” (pp. 24–25).

  3. 3.

    Read “A Perfect Match” (pp. 20–22). Together, come up with a list of what really makes a family “match.” Talk about how important love and respect are. Sit in a circle and have each family member say something they love and respect about the person to the right of them.

  4. 4.

    In “Canning Jars and Prophets” (pp. 38–39), Taylor learns that the prophet has asked us to store food for times of emergency. Have someone inside or outside your family teach the whole family how to can. Then, for an activity, can fresh fruit or vegetables for your food storage. Finish by reading “I Want to Follow the Prophet” (p. 7).

  5. 5.

    As a family, read “Family Home Evening with a Friend” (pp. 42–44). Then discuss the story. Is there someone in the ward who your family could share a family home evening with? Or perhaps some friends who don’t go to church that might enjoy being included? Plan your next family home evening for someone who could benefit from it. You can even make it a dinner party using the recipes in Kitchen Krafts (p. 17).