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 June is “I follow Jesus Christ in faith when I make and keep my baptismal covenant.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

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    Cut a hole in a box large enough to put only your hand and wrist through. Place a larger object, such as a toy, inside the box. Have each person put his or her hand through the hole and grab the object. Notice that you cannot remove your hand again without letting go. What lessons could you learn if you compared the object to sin? Read President Thomas S. Monson’s article “Deadly Maka-fekes” (pp. 2–3) and discuss “Things to Think About.”

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    Look at the illustration on page 9. What does it look like young Elder Won Yong Ko is doing? Why is he happy? Read pages 8–9 to find out. Think of chores you wouldn’t normally enjoy and experiment this week doing one or two of them without being asked. Smile as you work. See if it makes you happy too!

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    What is a miracle? Discuss examples from the scriptures, your family history, or your life. Then read “A Miraculous Escape from Danger” (pp. 10–13). What dangers and challenges exist in the world you face? Think of this story the next time you are confronted with a bad situation. Remember that the Lord hears prayers and can help you anytime, anywhere.

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    Read “Caught in the Act” (pp. 20–22). Not everyone gets into mischief the way William did in the beginning of the story, but most of us could find ways to use our time better as William did by the end of the story. Think of something you would like to learn or improve in. Fold a piece of paper in half. On the left side write or draw the things you do each day. On the other side write or draw a few things you would like to learn to do better. Is there anything on the left side of your paper that you could do less of to make time for things on the right side of the page? Is there anyone in your family or neighborhood who might be happy to teach you a new skill?

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    Ask family members what the best part of their week is. Then read “The Most Important Part” (pp. 40–41). How can you make sure the sacrament is an important part of your week? Complete and discuss the activity “Remember Jesus Christ during the Sacrament” (pp. 36–37).

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