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 September is “I can pray to Heavenly Father, and He will hear and answer my prayers.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the pages mentioned below.

  1. 1.

    Tell the story “Girlfriends and Gossip” (pp. 40–42). Why is it harmful to gossip about other people? Make a list of nice things you can say or do for people at school, in your ward, or in your neighborhood.

  2. 2.

    Sing “Did You Think to Pray?” (Hymns, no. 140), and begin the activity on pages 24–25. Then read “Pirates!” (pp. 4–6) and read Doctrine and Covenants 90:24. How can you remember to pray always? What are some of your prayers that have been answered?

  3. 3.

    Read “The Winner” (pp. 14–16). Talk about why it is sometimes hard when someone else wins, even in your own family. Invite each family member to tell one thing he or she appreciates about the other family members.

  4. 4.

    Read “Mikey’s Gift” (pp. 34–35), and talk about other kinds of gifts you can give. Talk about how it feels when you do something nice for someone else.

  5. 5.

    Read “President Grant’s Example” (pp. 46–47). Then read Ether 12:27 and talk about how you and your family members can improve a talent or strengthen a weakness.

A bright new lesson manual will soon be making its way to nursery classrooms throughout the Church. Behold Your Little Ones contains lessons focused on gospel doctrine and is specifically designed for nursery classes. It can also be used at home for young children. Look for it at ldscatalog.com.

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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 and Confirmation 2

  • Book of Mormon 13 (f), 18

  • Choose the Right 2, 17, 38

  • Courage 4, 36

  • Faith 8, 48

  • Family 8, 14, 18, 21, 31 (FLF)

  • Family History 4

  • Friendship 38, 40

  • Heavenly Father IFC, 7 (v), 10, 24, 28 (FLF), 38, 48

  • Holy Ghost IFC, 2, 28 (FLF), 38

  • Jesus Christ 7 (v), 10, 17, 18, 24, 38

  • Joseph Smith IFC, 36, 43

  • Love and Kindness 8, 17, 34, 38, 40

  • Missionary Work IFC, 27, 38

  • My Gospel Standards IFC, 2, 4, 7 (v), 8, 10, 14, 17, 18, 26 (f), 34, 38, 46

  • Prayer IFC, 4, 7 (v), 10, 24, 26 (f), 28 (FLF), 30 (FLF), 31 (FLF), 48

  • Prophets 2, 6, 16, 36, 43, 46, 47

  • Quorum of the Seventy 8, 35

  • Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 17

  • Scriptures 13 (f), 26 (f), 48

  • Service 34

  • Work 46