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 “Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a family. I can strengthen my family now.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the pages mentioned below.

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    To prepare, make or print enough copies of the coloring page (p. 7) for each member of the family. Go on a picnic. (If it is too cold outside or there is bad weather, have an indoor picnic.) Read the excerpt from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and talk about how you can strengthen your family. When you are finished with your picnic, give each family member a copy of the coloring page.

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    Research the heritage of your family’s name and each person’s first name. Where do your names come from? What do they mean? Read “Honoring His Name” (pp. 8–9). Talk about what you can each do to honor your family name as well as your personal name. Make a favorite family treat, then sit in a circle and tell stories about your ancestors (great-great grandparents, parents, you, etc.).

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    Read “Andy’s Choice” (pp. 28–31) and “Special Witness” (p. 45). What can you do to have the Holy Ghost more in your home? Talk about your family’s standards regarding the media, then act out your own good movie using the scriptures, your favorite book, or your imagination.

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    Read “Clean-up Claire” (pp. 42–44) and “Singing and Cleaning” from the Friends by Mail section (inside front cover). What are some ways your family can invite the Holy Ghost into your home? Have each person write down something specific he or she can do for each person in the family during the week. Then find someplace in your house that could use some cleaning (the kitchen, the living room, a child’s room, etc.). Help each other clean the area while singing your favorite Primary songs.

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Topical Index to this Issue of the Friend

  • (FLF) = For Little Friends

  • (f) = Funstuf

  • (IFC) = inside front cover

  • (v) = verse

  • Baptism 8, 20

  • Book Reviews 32

  • Choose the Right 8, 10, 18, 28

  • Faith IFC

  • Family 4, 7, 8, 13 (v), 14, 17, 20, 23, 28, 34 (FLF), 42

  • Friendship 10, 18, 28

  • Heavenly Father IFC, 7, 14, 18, 42, 45

  • Holy Ghost 18, 28

  • Jesus Christ 8, 18

  • Joseph Smith 40, 48

  • Love and Kindness 4, 18, 34 (FLF)

  • Music IFC, 4, 45

  • My Gospel Standards IFC, 7, 8, 14, 18, 20, 28, 42

  • Prayer IFC, 18, 42

  • Priesthood 24

  • Prophets 2, 8, 14, 40, 48

  • Quorum of the Seventy 8

  • Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 6, 12, 31, 44, 45

  • Repentance 4, 10, 42

  • Scriptures 7, 26 (f)

  • Work IFC, 8, 17, 36 (FLF), 42