Service: Lesson Ideas

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Service Lessons

Friend July 2019 “Family Night Fun” A Family Home Evening lesson idea about helping others, coming up with ideas on how to help them, and making goals to serve. (Also includes a refreshment idea.)

Why Serve


Friend January 2019 “President Ballard Visits Texas”  Ministering means serving and loving. Jesus Christ ministered to others, and so do His Apostles. How are the people below ministering? How can you help someone today?


How Can We Help

Friend March 2019 “Service Survey”  Questions to ask people to find out how you can help serve them.






Friend February 2019 “Helper Like You” Tell how you could help out in each situation.






Friend January 2018 “Family Night Fun” Hide slips of paper with difficulties someone may be enduring written on them. When someone finds a paper, have them say how they could help that person.

Never too Young to Serve

Friend November 2017 Sarah helps her little sister when her mom is sick.

Friend November 2017







Friend August 2016 “For Parents of Little Ones” Letting children help when they ask to help teaches them to serve others.

Friend March 2016 Ideas on what to talk about when visiting patients at hospitals or nursing homes.

“Cheer up a Friend” – Ideas of things to make and do for a friend who is sick. Friend February 1984

Friend January 2016 - Our Father lifts us and we can lift and help others.

Friend January 2016 – Our Father lifts us and we can lift and help others.

Friend May 2016  Ideas on how to help family member who is grieving the loss of a loved one

Service Ideas

Friend May 2019 “Friends by Mail” Children rake their neighbor’s leaves. (Picture included)







Friend February 2019 “Show and Tell” Our family decided to collect food in our neighborhood for the homeless shelter. My brother and I decorated notes to tell our neighbors about it. A few days later we collected the food. It made me feel happy to help lots of people. Asher W., age 6, Ontario, Canada

Friend July 2018 “Show and Tell” As friends, we wanted to honor the people in our neighborhood who serve our country in the military. We sang patriotic songs and shared cupcakes with them!

Addelyn S., Julianne W., Connor M., Eli S., Ansel S., and Easton M., ages 5, 11, 8, 7, 11, and 6, Missouri, USA

To celebrate Pioneer Day, Primary children of the Lebanon Pennsylvania Ward, USA, and their friends helped refugees close to home by making cards and putting together hygiene, school, and cleaning kits to help welcome them.

Friend June 2018 “Show and Tell” “I was excited to donate 12 inches (30.5 cm) of my hair to make wigs for children with cancer!” Lavona R., age 8, West Java, Indonesia

Friend April 2018 “Furry Fun” Camila and her brother Tomás found a fun and furry way to serve their neighbors! Every Saturday, they walk dogs for people who have a hard time getting around.

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Friend February 2018 “Show and Tell” I like to serve the sisters in our ward by playing with their children. I love the happy feeling I get from serving! Masha K., age 11, Central Federal District, Russia

Friend January 2018 “Show and Tell” (Click on link to show pictures of the following children.)

We made a paper kindness garden and put a flower or bug sticker on it every time we served or were kind to others. At Christmas, we sent it as a gift to our grandparents who live very far away. Adding stickers reminded us how much we love them! Deltree and Calan A., ages 10 and 8, Victoria, Australia

I fasted for my brother-in-law so he could get a good job. A week later, he got a job! Caden J., age 8, Ohio, USA

At school, I help a friend understand the assignments. Serving my friend helps me feel the love of my Heavenly Father. Allison M., age 9, Santa Ana, El Salvador

I like to play soccer with younger kids and teach them new skills. It is one way I like to serve! Sasha K., age 11, Moscow, Russia

Secret Service

Print the following secret service slips and put them in a jar. Have the children draw one out a day, or one out a week, to do.

Friend February 2017

Service: Activities & Games

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Friend November 2018 “Family Night Fun” Make these soft animals for kids who need some cheering up!





Friend June 2018 “Food and Fun: Day Brighteners” Make these fun bottle cap magnets and give them to people who need their day brightened.





Friend July 2017 “Prayers and Butterflies: Helping Others” Look for people who are helping others feel better in the hospital. How can you help someone feel better when they are sick or sad?





Friend June 2017 “Family Night Fun” Make a candy poster for someone


Friend April 2015

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Friend August 2017  Secret Service: Write a nice note for a friend or family member and leave it where they’ll see it.

Friend May 2017 “Miles of Smiles” A smile can help someone who may be having a bad day. Complete the smile by drawing the rest of the face.





Friend Jan 2015 “You Are the Savior’s Hands” – Story and activity idea. A family could make a goal to do a specific amount of helping hands in a certain amount of time, maybe for a special event.



Friend Dec 2014 – Activity with scriptures about service on links







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Service Projects

Friend March 2019 “Food and Fun” Ideas for making birthday bags to donate to a hospital or crisis center.





Friend March 2019 “Find It”  These friends are putting on a pet talent show and collecting food for the food bank. Find the hidden objects!





Friend September 2018 “Find It!” Find the hidden school supplies for refugees.





Friend January 2017 Making a no sew fleece blankets.

I read in the Friend how to serve by making a tie blanket (Jan. 2017). I decided to donate my quilt to a family in our small town that was affected by flooding. (Link includes photo of Evalette and her quilt) Evalette M., age 6, California, USA
Friend February 2019 “Friends by Mail”

Friend June 2016 President Monson wrote letters to military members of his ward. We can write to someone too.


Friend March 2016 How to make easy fleece blankets and also a sunshine cookie card.