Guide to the Friend

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“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Aug. 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 August is “I’ll honor His name.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Read “Change of Heart” (pages 4–7). Discuss the challenges early Church members—and perhaps even your own ancestors—faced in order to join the Church. Compare them with some of the challenges you might face today as a member of the Church, and discuss how you can overcome them.

  2. Sister Sydney S. Reynolds gives her testimony by numbering five points. After reading “I Can Pray to Heavenly Father Anytime, Anywhere” (pages 24–26), number a sheet of paper from one to five. Write or draw pictures of five things that are a part of your testimony or five things of which you would like to gain a stronger testimony. Discuss the examples of answers to prayer Sister Reynolds gives. Then commit to pray about one of the five things on your list during the week in order to gain a stronger testimony of it.

  3. Read “Treehouse” (pages 30–32). Have there ever been times when people around you were being disobedient and it was hard for you to be a good example? Discuss how Jordan reacts and how you could follow his example in similar situations. Finish by completing the word search “Honoring Jesus Christ” (page 17).

  4. Read “Sharing My Talents” (pages 42–43). Discuss what each family member’s talents are and ways to share them. Have a family talent show or visit someone (for example, a neighbor, hospital patient, or rest home resident) who would enjoy seeing your talents.