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 November is “I am thankful for the promises of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ—Their promises are sure.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

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    What does it mean to be a witness? Read President James E. Faust’s message “Seeds of Faith” (pp. 2–3). In what way is an Apostle a special witness? How can you receive a testimony and be a witness?

  2. 2.

    Read “A Game of Catch” (pp. 10–12). Then use a beanbag to play indoor catch. Each time you catch the beanbag, say one way you can be kind to someone who has offended you (smile, say hi, give him or her a note). Remember your family’s ideas and try to use them the next time you need to forgive someone.

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    Who was Peter McBride? Read “Heroes in the Snow” (pp. 30–31) to find out. We may not face the trials that Peter overcame, but we can follow his example of faith. Use a box to represent a handcart and have family members fill it with objects symbolizing things of spiritual value—scriptures, a journal, a compass. Describe what each of these things means to you and how it will help you through trials during your mortal journey.

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    Read “Pie Dough to Play Dough” (pp. 38–40). What are some things you like doing with your family? Invite a grandparent or an older person to teach you about a hobby that he or she enjoys. For example, he or she could share a favorite recipe, teach you a practical skill, or teach you a favorite song.

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    Read “Keeping a Record” (pp. 44–45). (You may also want to review “Journals: ‘Of Far More Worth than Gold,’” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, pp. 125–33.) What are some things we can write about in our journals? If possible, read an entry from an ancestor’s journal or a family member’s journal that he or she would be willing to share. Challenge family members to keep records of their own lives.