Guide to the Friend

“Guide to the Friend,” Friend, Dec. 2008, 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 December is “I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His restored gospel.”

Family Home Evening Ideas

Look for the FHE symbol on the pages mentioned below.

  1. Show family members the art on page 2, and ask them who they think the people in the drawing are. After they have answered, ask them where the people are going and how they knew which way to go. Then read the First Presidency’s message on page 3. Talk about how each of you can follow the light of Christ’s example.

  2. Read “The Secret Giver” (pp. 4–6), and make a list of ways your family can serve others during the Christmas season. Choose a few things from the list, and make a plan to carry them out.

  3. Show family members a seed or a picture of a seed. Next, show them a tree or a picture of a tree. Talk about what happens as a seed becomes a tree. Read “Growing a Testimony” (pp. 8–9), and discuss what Elder Nash did to “grow” his testimony. Set goals to do things that can help you grow your own testimony.

  4. Read the first two pages of “The Language of Dance” (pp. 32–34). Stop and ask your family members how they think the story will end. Then read page 34. Discuss how choosing the right can be difficult, and testify that the Lord blesses those who make righteous decisions.