For Young Children

By Laura Hunter


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!

    No!

  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 you are angry. Ask a parent to help you cut out one of the soft-answer reminders. You can tape it to a shirt, a door, a book, or wherever else you want to help you remember to give soft answers.

reminder circles(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Apryl Stott

Soft-Answer Reminder

Coloring Page
baptism(click to view larger)

Illustration by Beth M. Whittaker

When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God

“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Articles of Faith 1:4).