Guide to the Friend
December 2003

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Dec. 2003, inside back cover

Guide to the Friend

The Guide to the Friend and the Friend Index 2003 (see pages 44–48) 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 December is “His truth I will proclaim.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

  1. Read the First Presidency’s message “Light of the World” (page 2). Then read “The Light House” (page 38) and discuss ways you can share His light through service this Christmas season. Plan and carry out an act of service for someone in need.

  2. Have everyone tell what Christmas gift they remember best and why. Then read “Christmas Gift” (page 4). Discuss how you can make this Christmas more meaningful. Make gifts for loved ones from the Christmas Workshop (page 18).

  3. Read “Money for a Mission” (page 20) and Elder Henry B. Eyring’s message “Being a Witness for God” (page 37). One of the ways the Lord helps missionaries is through members of the Church. Do the activity “The Shepherds’ Example” (page 41). Commit to follow their example by prayerfully choosing someone to share the gospel with this month.

  4. Read Elder Wayne S. Peterson’s message “Live Worthy to Return Home” (page 8). Discuss that at Christmas we celebrate not only Jesus’ birth but also His Atonement, which makes it possible for us to return to Heavenly Father someday. Read the poem “Remember Jesus” (page 31) and learn the song “Sing of Christmas” (page 28).

  5. Read “A Bed for Nils” (page 16). Nils was grateful on Christmas Day to have a real bed for the first time in over four years! What are you grateful for? Play “Merry Christmas! Game” (page 32) and make Almond Toffee Bars (page 18) for refreshments.