“The Wise Man and the Foolish Man,” Friend, Mar. 2015, 40–41
One day Jesus wanted to teach people how to stay strong even when hard things happen. He told them a story about a big storm, a wise man, and a foolish man. When the storm came, the wise man’s house did not fall down because it was built on a rock. But the foolish man’s house fell down because it was built on sand.
Jesus was teaching how important it is to have faith in Him and follow His teachings. When we build a strong testimony, we will be strong enough to stand, no matter what hard things might happen.
Write choices like the ones below on strips of paper. Take turns choosing and reading them aloud. Talk about why doing each one would be like building a house on rock or sand. How can listening to prophets help us follow Jesus’s teachings and make wise choices?
Reading scriptures together
Taking a dare
Going to church
Blaming a mistake on someone else
Doing your homework
Showing respect for others
Telling the truth
Staying quiet while someone is being bullied
Listening to general conference
Cheating on schoolwork
Including someone who is new
Using bad words
Playing a game with a sister or brother
Sharing with others
Spending many hours on computer games
Taking something that isn’t yours
Praying every morning and night
Including someone who is left out
Choose a smooth rock. With a marker or paint, write “Jesus Christ” on it. Talk about why it’s so important to build our lives on His teachings. Keep the rock in a place where you can see it often.