Summer time and back to school means time for friends, both new and old. Check out this great family home evening lesson on friendship and the importance of being a good friend! Scripture: Matthew 7:12 Hymn: Jesus Said Love Everyone of Love One Another Lesson: Two Boys Delivering Newspapers or Jonathan and David Treat: Fruit Cake or Watermelon Sorbet Activity: Firefly (flashlight game) or Sponge Brigade •View entire lesson...

A True Friend

FHE Scripture



Matthew 7: 12

12- Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.


FHE Lesson Hymn


Jesus Said Love Everyone–Primary Song #61 or Love One Another Hymn 308

Jesus Said Love Everyone

1. Jesus said love ev’ryone;
Treat them kindly, too.
When your heart is filled with love,
Others will love you.

Love One Another

1. As I have loved you,
Love one another.
This new commandment:
Love one another.
By this shall men know
Ye are my disciples,
If ye have love
One to another.


FHE Lesson


*For Younger Children* Start by telling the story of two boys delivering newspapers (Improvement Era, Dec 1969, p. 51). Discuss qualities of a friend and the importance of being a friend to all.

Two boys were delivering newspapers on their bicycles. One of the bicycles hit a rock, and the boy flew off the bike in one direction and the newspapers in another. The second boy rode up laughing and teasing. As a neighbor came to the first boy’s assistance, the second boy rode on down the street.

Seeing the boy’s pride was hurt more than his body, the neighbor said, “It’s kind of a low blow to have your friend laugh when you’ve had a bad spill, isn’t it?” As the boy packed the newspapers back in place, he replied, “He isn’t my friend—he’s my brother.”

1- What was wrong?
2- How should we treat our brothers and sisters?
3- How should we treat friends?
4- What does a good friend do?
5- How can you be a good friend?

Testify of the importance of  friendship and how we need to strive to be friends with everyone.


*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss qualities of a friend. Read about the friendship of Jonathan and David. Brainstorm what a true friend is and testify of the importance of friendship.

Start by making a list of qualities a best friend possesses (maybe even share examples of best friends).

Read of the friendship between Jonathan and David in 1 Samuel 18: 1-4.

Complete the following sentence “A true friend is a person who……”

Read Proverbs 17:17 (a friend loveth at all times)

Also read what Jesus has commanded of us in John 13: 34-35.

As we love others, we become their friends. It is important for us to love our neighbor and strive to become friends with everyone.

Testify of the importance of  friendship.



FHE Treat


Fruit Cake or Watermelon Sorbet

Fruit Cake


Large seedless watermelon
Other fresh fruit, such as melon balls, kiwi slices, and berries


1- Start by slicing the watermelon into wedges and then arrange them in a stack of circles (rinds facing out) to create a cake shape, as shown. Decorate the cake with the other fruits.


Watermelon Sorbet


1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups watermelon chunks
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice


1- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer it gently for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid into an 8-inch square glass baking pan.

2- Puree the watermelon chunks in a blender, then strain the puree into a large bowl. Measure out 2 cups of the watermelon juice and stir it into the sugar syrup along with the lemon juice.

3- Place the pan in the freezer for 1 hour. Then stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and allow it to freeze for another 45 minutes. Repeat this process once, and then allow the mixture to freeze through (another couple hours or so).

4- Thaw the ice slightly so that you can transfer it to a chilled blender. Pulse the machine just until the ice is slushy, periodically scraping down the sides. Spoon the sorbet into chilled bowls and serve at once. Makes 6 servings.


(Recipes taken from


FHE Game / Activity



1- Play Firefly (Flashlight Game).

2- Play Sponge Brigade.



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