A Soft Answer

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1).
  1. 1.

    Lizzie, give it back! I’m playing with it!


  2. 2.

    Girls, please stop fighting. Lizzie, you need to go to your room. Alice, I’d like to talk to you.

  3. 3.

    It’s not fair, Dad! I was playing with my unicorn, and Lizzie grabbed it. She always ruins things.

    It’s tough to be a big sister. Do you know what helps me when I get mad?

    What, Dad?

  4. 4.

    A scripture in the Bible. It says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” This means that if you speak kindly and softly, angry people will feel calmer. If you speak rudely or shout at them, they will just get angrier.

  5. 5.

    Do you think that will work with Lizzie?

    Next time, just try it and see what happens.

  6. 6.

    I want the fairy wings!

  7. 7.

    Alice remembered what Dad had told her.

    Lizzie, would you like to wear my crown? You can be a princess, and I’ll be your fairy friend.

  8. 8.

    OK, I’ll be a beautiful princess!

    Come on, your highness. Let’s play!

Illustrations by Scott Peck

Soft-Answer Reminders

Sometimes it is hard to remember to give a soft answer when we are angry. Ask a parent to help you cut out the reminders on this page. Use it to help you make good choices and give soft answers.

reminder circles(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Apryl Stott

Soft-Answer Reminder

Lehi’s Dream

Lehi's Dream rebus(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Scott Greer

Lehi was a prophet. He had a dream about his family. In his dream, Lehi saw a tree. White fruit grew on the tree. The fruit made people who ate it happy. Lehi ate the fruit. Some of his family ate the fruit, but some in his family did not eat the fruit. Lehi also saw an iron rod and a straight path. The iron rod and the straight path led to the tree. Some people held the iron rod, walked along the straight path, and ate the fruit from the tree. Other people let go of the iron rod. These people did not walk along the straight path. They got lost in darkness. People in a large building made fun of those who ate the fruit. Some of the people who ate the fruit were ashamed. They left the tree. Some of them went to the large building. These people were not happy. The people who stayed at the tree were happy. God’s word is like the iron rod. When people follow it, they are happy.