Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Mar. 2005, 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. The Primary theme for March is “Jesus Christ came to earth and is our Savior.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the [original magazine] pages mentioned below.

  1. After reading President Thomas S. Monson’s “Labels” (pages 2–3), make for each person paper tags to wear that read “Lord, here am I.” Discuss ways we can obey the Lord, like Samuel did. Remind family members that the way Heavenly Father sees us is more important than how the world sees us.

  2. Read “The Key” (pages 46–48). What does it mean that “Jesus is the key that opens the door to eternal life”? You may also wish to discuss how priesthood keys restored in latter days can help bring us back to Heavenly Father (see D&C 110:11–16).

  3. To find out how two girls follow the Savior’s example, read “The Do-Gooders Club” (pages 4–6). Think of ways you could start your own “do-gooders club” this week. Prepare an “Eggshell Garden” (page 30), but wait until you have completed a good deed before planting a seed. Each time a family member serves someone during the week, plant another seed until the garden is full. As your garden sprouts, remember that service helps love and testimonies grow.

  4. Read “Rescue” (pages 32–33) to find out how one boy learned more about the Atonement. Either make copies of the activity “Remembering Jesus Christ” (page 41) for each family member or cooperate as a family to complete one framed picture. For each section of the frame, name a way you can better remember the Savior. To find out one way, read the poem “The Sacrament” (page 13).

  5. Read “How I Am Preparing to Go to the Temple” in the Trying to Be Like Jesus section (page 43). Ask each family member to write down things they could do each day, both good and bad, on strips of paper. Put the papers in a bowl and line up on one side of the room. If you have a picture of the temple, place it at the opposite end of the room. Take turns drawing pieces of paper. If the action written on the paper is good and helps you move toward the temple, take a step forward. If it’s bad and moves you away from the temple, take a step back. When you run out of papers, continue to name actions that can help prepare you for the temple until everyone has reached the other side of the room.