Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Mar. 2002, inside back cover

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. Look for the FHE symbol on the pages mentioned in the Family Home Evening Ideas. The Primary theme for March is “The temple is the house of the Lord.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

If your parents ask you to help plan a family home evening, you may want to use an idea from the Friend. Here are some ideas in this issue that you may like (look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned):

  1. Invite a family member to tell about President James E. Faust’s article “The Savior’s Atonement” (pages 2–3). Then read together “Why I Believe in Jesus Christ” (pages 4–6). Share with each other your own testimonies of the Savior. End with the poem “Testimony” (page 27).

  2. Tell the story “Mission Impossible?” (pages 10–13). Talk about not judging others and what it means to be a good friend. Then make copies of Journal Page (page 19) for everyone to fill out and save.

  3. Using the pictures, tell the story “An Answer to His Prayers” (pages 34–35). Read together the experiences of Natalie and Caylen in “Fasting” (page 45). Ask a parent to talk about the power of fasting and prayer. Share your own experiences with fasting and prayer.

  4. Make and use “My Creation Book” (pages 38–39) to teach your family about how Jesus Christ created the earth. Ask each family member to name two things He created that they are especially thankful for and tell why.

  5. Read together New Testament Stories (pages 14–18). Think about members of your ward or branch who would be more comfortable at church if they had a friend there. Decide what you can do to be that friend so they will not be lost.

  6. Sing some of your favorite songs about Jesus Christ. Ask an older family member to read Elder Boyd K. Packer’s testimony “We Have a Savior” (page 7). Do the activity “The Good Shepherd” (page 26) together.