Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Apr. 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 April is “I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Share President James E. Faust’s testimony (“A Growing Testimony,” pages 2–3). Using the story “Believing in Jesus Christ” and the “Picture-strip Bookmarks” (pages 16–17), talk about the many things the Savior did. Share your feelings about Him.

  2. Read “Legacy of Faith” in Childviews (IFC). Talk about ways that your parents, grandparents, ancestors, or people in Church history strengthened their faith. Discuss ways that you can follow their examples. Learn and sing “Dearest Children, God Is Near You” (Hymns, no. 96).

  3. Tell the story “Just One Egg” (pages 40–41). How did Johnny follow the Savior? How can you? Then, using the quote by Elder Robert D. Hales (page 6), discuss the true meaning of Easter. End by doing the puzzle “New Commandment” (page 23).

  4. After reading “A Great Day” (pages 30–31), write a list or draw pictures of the blessings that made your day great. Weather permitting, go for a short walk outside and point out some of God’s creations. Sing “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, pages 228–29). You could also make copies of “Hidden Spring” (page 32) for family members to color.

  5. “Danny’s Butterfly” (pages 46–48) reminds us to be loving and patient with others, because we are all trying. Think of a time someone was patient with you and share it. Then think of ways you can make someone else happy by being patient. Draw a picture of a butterfly and display it where you will see it throughout the week, reminding you to be kind.