Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, May 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 May is “The prophet speaks for the Savior. I can follow the prophet today.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Read “Blessed for Following the Prophet” (pp. 24–26). Discuss the children’s conference message by the prophet (pp. 2–6), and think of ways you can better follow his counsel this week. Sing your favorite verses of “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, pp. 110–11) and make up a new verse for President Hinckley.

  2. After reading “Unexpected Answer” (pp. 10–12), have family members tell about times their prayers were answered. How can you remember to pray each morning and night? Draw a picture from the story or choose an object, like a pebble, that will remind you to pray. Place it near your bed. Close by singing the hymn “Did You Think to Pray?” (Hymns, no. 140).

  3. Read President Gordon B. Hinckley’s “The Restoration of the Priesthood” (p. 39). Follow his counsel to “reflect on the wonder” of the priesthood by making a list of blessings that come from having the priesthood in your life. Think of ways you can honor priesthood leaders. Write a card of thanks to your bishopric.

  4. Read together “As I Have Loved You …” (pp. 42–45). Plan a family garden and begin planting during the week if possible. Choose to grow some things you can share with your neighbors.

  5. With parental permission, “adopt” a mother or grandmother in your ward or neighborhood whose children or grandchildren don’t live nearby. Make her a Butterfly Gift and a May Basket (p. 48), and deliver them with the card on page 29 or a card of your own.