Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Oct. 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 [original magazine] pages mentioned in the Family Home Evening Ideas. The Primary theme for October is “I prepare to go to the temple as I follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Follow the directions to make the cutouts for “Noah’s Ark” (pages 38–39) and use them to tell the story “Noah and the Flood” (pages 36–37). Discuss the importance of following the prophet. What are some of the things President Gordon B. Hinckley has counseled us to do today? Is his counsel as important as Noah’s was in his day? End by reading “Prayer” (pages 2–3).

  2. One Monday before general conference, prepare the activity “What the Prophet and Apostles Teach Us” (pages 24–25). Study and discuss the counsel from last October’s conference, which is printed on some of the cards, and do the matching activity. Save the cards and use them to record this October’s conference messages. Share your testimonies about the callings of these special men.

  3. Learn together the song “I Know That My Savior Loves Me” (pages 46–47). Share some of the experiences of the children who are “Trying to Be Like Jesus Christ” (pages 40–41). Make a copy of Journal Page (page 13) for each family member to fill out and do. Sing the song once again.

  4. Read the story “Micah’s Miracle” (pages 4–6), including the quote from Elder Robert D. Hales. Talk about and make a list of the things that Micah did to receive a testimony. Post the list where you will see it often during the week, and resolve to do those things that will strengthen your own testimonies.

  5. Ask a family member to tell the story “The Time Will Come” (pages 30–32) and then talk about the blessings of serving as a missionary. What are some ways you can each be a missionary during the coming week?