Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Feb. 2003, 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 February is “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. 1. Study the article “The Name of the Church” (p. 7) by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Write the name of the Church on a large piece of paper. Talk about why each word is part of the name. Sing together “The Church of Jesus Christ” (Children’s Songbook, 77).

  2. 2. Read the story “I Have a Testimony” (pp. 4–6). Why is it important to share our testimonies with others? As a family, think of someone with whom you can share your testimony. Write your testimonies in a copy of the Book of Mormon and give it to that person.

  3. 3. Study the article “The Word of Wisdom: A Blessing of Strength” (pp. 8–9) by Elder Darwin B. Christenson of the Seventy. Discuss the kinds of blessings we receive when we keep the Word of Wisdom. With your family, make and eat a healthy snack. Plan meals and activities for the week that will help you obey the Word of Wisdom by eating healthfully and exercising.

  4. 4. Read the story “Love One Another” (pp. 16–17). Take turns complimenting each family member on something that he or she does well. Write each person’s name at the top of a piece of paper and put the papers in a place often and easily seen. During the week, write down other compliments as you each see other family members do or say things that remind you of their good qualities.

  5. 5. Have everyone in your family walk around with a pebble in one shoe for a few minutes. Talk about how it feels. After doing this, read “Pebble of Forgiveness” (pp. 42–44) and talk about why it is important for us to forgive others.

  6. 6. Make a card for each family member, and form a Happy Hearts Club (see p. 45). Together make a list of good deeds you can each do both at home and in the neighborhood during the coming week. Sing “Have I Done Any Good?” (Hymns, no. 223).