Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, May 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 May is “Jesus Christ restored His true Church in the latter days.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

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

  1. Read President Gordon B. Hinckley’s message “The Lord Provides a Way” (pages 2–3). Then write the words “I believe God will always make a way where there is no way” on a card that you can keep with you. Discuss difficult situations in which you will need to remember to rely on the Lord’s help.

  2. What do you know about the priesthood? How may it be used? Read “Heaven’s Power” (pages 4–6) or “Bryce’s Blessing” (pages 20–21). Finish by reading the poem “Thank You, Brother Joseph” (page 7) to remember why we have priesthood power on earth today.

  3. Read “Eternal Service Project” (pages 32–34). How can you and your family brighten someone’s day, serve a neighbor, or give someone the opportunity to serve you? Make “Spring Flowers” and an “Envelope Gift Basket” (page 22) for someone and deliver it as a family.

  4. President Hinckley has said, “How marvelous a thing is a good book!” (See page 31.) Why do you think reading is important? Have each family member give a short book report on his or her favorite book. Read the “Family Reading Activities” (page 31) and plan to carry out some of them.

  5. Read “Changing Chores” (pages 38–41). What does Jason learn? Discuss ways you can better help your family, and make a plan to learn more about what each family member does by helping with or trading chores for the week.