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 “My faith in Jesus Christ grows when I learn about the Restoration of the gospel.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. 1.

    Jesus taught that as members of His Church we can be righteous examples to others. Read Matthew 5:14–16 and draw a picture of the images in these verses. Then read “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different” by President James E. Faust (pp. 2–3). How does your drawing relate to the story of Joan of Arc? Discuss the “Things to Think About” (p. 3).

  2. 2.

    Tell and sing the story of Joseph Smith (pp. 4–6). Then read the poem “As Joseph Did” (p. 7) to discover how you can follow the example of the Prophet.

  3. 3.

    Go on a 15-minute field trip through the house looking for “heroes.” You might find videos about superheroes, pictures of family members you look up to, and paintings of the Savior. Write down each hero you find in your house. When the time is up, read “All Kinds of Heroes” (pp. 18–20). Read your list of heroes. Add any you may have forgotten, and then circle the “real heroes” whom you truly admire. Talk about ways you can follow their examples.

  4. 4.

    Cooperate to complete the activity “Help on a Rainy Day” (p. 26) or make copies so each person can fill one out. How may each item listed help someone in need? Which of these items could your family donate? Plan and carry out a service project that will benefit Church Humanitarian Aid. Visit the Web site referenced on page 26 for more information.

  5. 5.

    Make a “Surprise Door Hanger” (p. 33). Then read some of the articles in the “Trying to Be Like Jesus” section (pp. 36–37). Select someone to start out with the Surprise Door Hanger. He or she will watch for a family member trying to be like Jesus and leave the door hanger with a note or a treat on that person’s doorknob. Exchange the door hanger throughout the week each time an act of kindness or righteousness is noticed.