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 “My faith in Jesus Christ grows when I know He is my Savior and Redeemer.”
Family Home Evening Ideas
Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned below.
“Ladybug Lesson” (IFC) and “Sharing Time Butterfly” (pp. 4–6). Why did a ladybug and a butterfly remind some children of the Resurrection? What other things in nature can remind you that we will live again after death? (The coming of spring, the rising of the sun each day.) Draw pictures of butterflies. On each wing, write a blessing you will enjoy because of the Savior’s Resurrection. (A perfect body, the opportunity to be with family again if we live faithfully, etc.)
“Learning God’s Law” (pp. 10–11). Today we do not pay tithing with goods or items. How can we still, as David O. McKay learned, give the best to God and put Him at the center of our lives? Draw a circle. In the middle of the circle draw things that represent obedience to Heavenly Father, such as the scriptures, a temple, and a CTR symbol. Then draw other things that are important to you, such as hobbies, around the outside of the circle. Each day, try to give your best time and effort to the things in the middle of the circle.
Have each family member look up the scriptures listed on page 19. Have older children write down the scriptures, word for word, on a piece of paper. Parents can read and explain the scriptures to younger children. Ask, “Who finished writing [or listening to] the scriptures first?” Then ask, “What did you learn from these scriptures?” Point out that reading the scriptures quickly is not important but trying to understand them is. Read
“A Lesson in Learning” (pp. 18–20). Discuss ways you can be better learners at school, home, and church.
Use the activity on
page 25 to learn the names of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles. Spin the wheel until a picture shows through the window. Take turns trying to remember each General Authority’s name and what he spoke about during general conference. If you need a reminder, review the talks at www.lds.org.