Starting in January 2019, copies of the Liahona, the international magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will arrive with a new addition. Content usually found in the children’s pages of the Liahona will now appear in an expanded, separate children’s section of the magazine.
The new section, titled the Friend, will include additional material created specifically for children, containing more stories, music, visuals, and content for home-centered learning. It will be printed on thicker paper that children can easily draw on or cut. It will also have special features to help children learn to read. The Liahona will continue to offer content for adults, young adults, and youth.
The children's section will be delivered with every issue of the Liahona—the two cannot be ordered separately. Those who don’t have children in their homes are encouraged to share the new section with children in their ministering families, Church units, or extended family, or other adults who work with children—such as Primary presidents or teachers.
“Fortifying children to become sin-resistant is a responsibility for parents, grandparents, family members, teachers, and leaders,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. “We are thrilled that the new Friend section of the Liahona will make more gospel resources available for children and families to use in the home—and for teachers to use in Primary. We hope that this new stand-alone children’s section will be a valuable aid to all who are helping to ‘bring up [our] children in light and truth’ (Doctrine and Covenants 93:40).”