To help each child understand that we are wise when we obey the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Prayerfully study Matthew 7:24–27.
Prepare two signs, using folded pieces of paper as shown:
Prepare to sing or say the words to “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” (Children’s Songbook, p. 281) and “Choose the Right Way” (Children’s Songbook, p. 160). The words to “Choose the Right Way” are included at the back of the manual.
Write some wise actions and some foolish actions on small pieces of paper. Use the actions below and add others that are appropriate for your class. Place the pieces of paper in a small container such as a box, bowl, or bag.
Say your prayers.
Obey your parents.
Be reverent at Primary.
Be kind to others.
Tell the truth.
Say a bad word.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Ask the child to pray that each class member will be wise and choose the right.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Show picture 2-7, The Wise Men, and have the children tell you about the picture. Remind the children that the Wise Men came looking for Jesus after he was born (see Matthew 2:1–12). Explain that these men were wise not only because they had great knowledge but also because they sought and worshiped Jesus Christ. They made wise choices to follow Jesus.
You may want to have the children role-play the story of the Wise Men seeking Jesus.
Ask each child to tell you about a wise choice he or she has made recently (give suggestions if necessary). Write each child’s response on a separate piece of paper and have the children draw pictures of themselves on their papers. Remind the children to put smiles on the faces of their drawings because making wise choices helps us be happy.
Demonstrate the following object lesson (practice this demonstration at home before trying it in class).
Eight or ten children’s play blocks to build two simple identical houses, as shown:
Two deep pans the same size.
A large flat rock to put in one of the pans.
A mound of sand to put in the other pan.
Water in a watering can or pitcher.
Pour the sand into a mound in one pan, and flatten the mound. Put the flat rock in the other pan.
Show the blocks and explain that you will use them to build two houses. One house will be built on the sand and the other on the rock.
You may wish to ask the children to help build the house on the rock. The house should be similar to the house you build on the sand.
After the houses are built, have the children imagine that a storm comes and beats upon the houses. It rains hard and the winds blow.
What do you think a storm would do to these two houses?
After the children have given their ideas, do not comment. Carefully sprinkle or pour water on the house built on sand until the sand slides away and the house falls down. Put the same amount of water on the house built on the rock, and let the children observe that the house does not fall.
Help the children determine that building a house on sand was foolish, while building a house on the rock was wise.
Read aloud the first part of Helaman 5:12 (through foundation). Point out that this scripture compares Jesus Christ to a rock. Remind the children that following the teachings of Jesus is like building a house on a rock. It is wise.