Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, June 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 June is “I know God’s plan.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Read together President Thomas S. Monson’s message “Love One Another” (pages 2–3). Have family members role-play some situations in which it is necessary to forgive someone else. Discuss how a reluctance to forgive others can hurt us.

  2. In Elder Richard G. Scott’s article “Heavenly Father’s Plan” (page 7), he teaches us that we can fulfill the purposes of our lives by working towards having an “ideal family.” What can we do to help create an ideal family? Read together the proclamation on the family for ideas. Then set a goal as a family to work on one thing that will help you reach this ideal.

  3. Sister Coleen K. Menlove, Primary general president, talks about how we can “show we know” how to follow the Savior (pages 16–18). Keeping the commandments is an important way of showing that we love and follow the Savior. What are some things we can do every day to “show we know”? Set a goal to practice one of these things every day this week, and have family members report on their progress during the next family home evening.

  4. Read one or both of the personal experiences in Trying to Be Like Jesus (pages 44–45). Following the example of the children in the stories, think of someone who needs your help and consider how you can best help them. As a family, plan an act of service that you can do together, and challenge family members to help others throughout the week.

  5. Share the story “Mary’s Baptism in the Cimarron River” (pages 4–6) with your family. Ask family members who have been baptized what they remember about the experience. Who baptized and confirmed them? How did they feel at the time? For family members who have not yet been baptized, ask them to imagine how they will feel when it happens. Do the puzzle “God’s Plan” on page 26 to learn an important message about baptism.