LDS Family Fun

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

HomeFHE SupportChurch SupportDownloadsForumReferal Gift
LessonsFun Recipes

“Upon this Rock”

INDEX:

 

Teach your family the importance of putting their faith and trust in the the rock of Jesus Christ which is His Gospel. "... whereon if men build they cannot fall."

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

SING-ALONG

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated Stories from the New Testament:

Built Upon the Rock chapter 5
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Testimony

 

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #281 “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.”

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/cm

SCRIPTURE

Helaman 5:12

 

12. And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

 

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 5 from the animated Complete Learning System, Built Upon the Rock DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

 

“Build upon my rock, which is my gospel.” (D&C 11:24)

The rock of Jesus Christ is His gospel that has been restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. To build upon His rock is to build your testimony of Him and His gospel. To do this you must believe in Him, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, learn his teachings through scripture study, attending church, praying, and by keeping His commandments.

 

Sheltered from the raging storms of life.

“...If you make your home a house of prayer and fasting, faith, learning and glory, and order, it can become a house of God. If you build your homes on the foundation rock of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and the gospel, they can be sanctuaries where your families can be sheltered from the raging storms of life.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, May 1993 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Satan’s tools destroy.

“Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and family...Pornography, drugs, and immorality...Yes the devil has many tools that lead to the very life-style we are here to avoid.”

Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Dec. 1971 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

“One of Satan’s most effective tools is at work among us today–it is a destroyer of happiness, peace, contentment, family solidarity. Families are stumbling and falling because of its hobbling and crippling effect. This tool of Satan is called contention. Contention is to argue, to bring discord or strife, to dispute, to quarrel.”

H. Burke Peterson, Ensign, Jan. 1973 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

The wise listen to learn from the Lord.

Jesus taught that the wise man listens to His teachings and does them. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man.” (Matt 7:24)

 

“Listen to learn from the Lord through the still small voice—the Holy Spirit—which leads to truth. Listen to learn by studying scriptures that record His holy mind and will. Listen to learn in prayer, for He will answer the humble who truly seek Him. His disciples. (See D&C 1:4.) Wise members listen to learn from Church leaders.”

Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 1991 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

What does it mean to build your testimony upon the rock of Jesus Christ?

“It is to have developed faith in Jesus Christ so powerful that we can pass the test of life upon which everything for us in eternity depends. That test is part of the purpose God had for us in the Creation.”

Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Nov. 200

 

What “tools” can we use to build our home and testimonies upon His rock?

“Personal, sincere involvement in the scriptures produces faith, hope, and solutions to our daily challenges. Frequently reading, pondering, and applying the lessons of the scriptures, combined with prayer, become an irreplaceable part of gaining and sustaining a strong, vibrant testimony.”

Donald L. Staheli, “Securing Our Testimonies,” Ensign, Nov. 2004

 

What are some of the tools Satan uses to try and destroy homes and families?

(Anger, drugs, pornography, etc.)

Can listening to the apostles and prophets help protect us from life’s storms?

“But we also have our spiritual guardians, those whose calling it is to watch and warn, helping us avoid spiritual damage, destruction, and even death. Our watchmen on the tower are known to us as apostles and prophets. They are our spiritual eyes in the sky, and they know, through inspiration and insight and pure intelligence, the course these storms may take.”

David R. Stone, Ensign, Nov. 1999

 

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise.” (Prov. 19:20.)

 

What will it cost us if we are like the foolish man and hear Christ’s teachings, but fail to keep His commandments?

“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:” (Matt 7:25)

 

“The tragedy of life is to fail in that test and so fail to qualify to return in glory to our Heavenly home.”

Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Nov. 2005 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"A New Foundation "

 

Father placed the house plans on the kitchen table. “This will be yours and Andy’s room, Josh,” he said pointing to a box. He then traced his finger along another box, “and this will be your room, Katie.”

Josh and Katie studied the small boxes and tried to imagine them as rooms. “Will the new baby have a room?” Katie wanted to know. Mother pointed to the box next to Katie’s room. “The nursery will be right here across the hall from your room and then when she’s old enough she’ll share your room with you.”

Katie smiled. She was excited about getting a new house, but even more excited that she was going to have a sister.

One day after school Mother took the children to the lot where the new house was being built. Katie and Josh scrambled up the hill to where Father and Uncle Jeff were busy framing the new construction. When Father saw them coming he knelt down and they raced into his big arms, almost knocking him over.

“Wow!” Josh exclaimed, “It’s not just a big old hole anymore.”

“Show me my room, Daddy!” Katie begged. Father lifted Katie high up onto his shoulders and walked to the room that would be hers.

“What do you think?” he asked.

“It’s bigger than it looks on the paper!” she marveled. “Is that where my window seat will be?”

“That’s right! And over there is where your closet will be. Let’s go see the boys’ room now.”

“I know where it is.” Josh said, leading the way down the hall. Josh ran to the where the window had been framed and looked out at the big old oak tree. “Look Katie. The tree is still there, just like Dad promised.” Turning to Father he asked, “When do we get to start building the tree house?”

Father began to laugh, “Let’s get the house built first. Then we can start on the tree house.”

“Oh, all right,” Josh mumbled.

The three then walked out to meet Mother who was pushing Andy up the hill in his stroller. Out of breath from the climb Mother exclaimed that she was couldn’t wait until the driveway was poured so she could drive up the hill instead of climbing.

Father took over pushing the stroller and Josh and Katie went to explore the house. “You’ve really done a lot since we were here last,” she said turning to her husband. “Do you still think we will be in by Christmas?”

“If everything goes as planned, we’ll stay on schedule and the stockings will be hanging from a real fireplace mantle this year, instead of that cardboard thing you drag out every year at Christmastime.”

Page 2

   
 

“Hey, don’t make fun of my mantle!” Mother protested. “It has served us faithfully over the years.”

Father put his arms around Mother’s waist. “We can still put it up in the basement if you want.”

Mother laughed. “No, I think we’ll give it to someone that’s not as fortunate as we are. After all, if we had more than one mantle it might confuse Santa.”

Just then Katie ran over to her parents. “Where’s the rock?” she asked, “I can’t find the rock!”

“What rock, Princess?”

“You know! The rock that we’re supposed to build our house up on so it won’t wash away!”

Kneeling down, Father took Katie by the hand and placed it on the cement foundation. “Here’s the rock Katie. It doesn’t look like the rocks that we skip on the lake or the big rocks that we climb on when we’re camping in the mountains, but it’s very strong?” He then took a hammer from his tool belt and gave it to Katie. “See, you can even hit it with a hammer and it won’t break.”

Katie lifted the hammer and hit the foundation. The hammer sparked as it hit the cement.

“Look, there’s a little scratch, but it didn’t crack or break!”

“And remember when it rained last week?” Mother asked Katie.

Katie nodded. “The thunder scared me and you let me get in bed with you!”

“That’s right, and even without the roof on the house yet, it didn’t wash away.” Mother continued, “Daddy loves us so much he built a strong foundation for our house.”

Katie gave Father a big hug, “Daddy, I’m so glad that you are a wise man and built our new house on the rock and not on the sand like the foolish man.”

 

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2006 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Toffee Rock ” recipe

Toffee Rock

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: Approx 30 minutes

Cool Time: Approx 30 minutes

Directions:

 

Butter a 2 quart glass or metal bowl and set aside. Place all ingredients, except chocolate chips and nuts, into a heavy 3 quart sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (without scraping sides of pan) until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Place a candy thermometer into the boiling mixture and continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 290 degrees F.

Remove from heat and pour into prepared bowl. Do not scrape sides or bottom of pan. Allow toffee to cool for approximately 30 minutes. After mixture has cooled, turn out of bowl, upside down, onto a wooden or plastic cutting board.

Heat chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 30 seconds, just until melted. Stir in nuts and pour chocolate mixture over the top of the toffee. Chill just until chocolate mixture hardens.

 

Treat Time:

 

Explain to the children that in order to enjoy all of the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we must partake of His Gospel. Explain that partake means: to eat or drink something or to share or take part in something. With a clean hammer and chisel, let children take turns breaking away pieces of the rock toffee.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup real butter
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 3 Tbs. water
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
 
 

ACTIVITY

 

 

Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

 

1. Ask: What do we need to before we can build a house? (Tools, building materials, and a foundation)

2. Explain that to build a true testimony also takes tools. Heavenly Father has given us spiritual tools to help us build our testimonies. Satan also has tools, but his tools destroy testimonies. Satan’s tools are very strong, but Heavenly Father’s are stronger. Show the two hammers. Both tools work, but that the rubber mallet is not as strong as the metal claw hammer.

3. Explain that you are going to build two houses. One house will be built using tools that Heavenly Father gives us and the other will be built with tools Satan gives us.

A–Draw the tools out of the tool box, one at a time. Read the caption. Ask if this is a tool from Heavenly Father or Satan (ask this question with each tool drawn).

B–The wise man’s house will be built using parts 1,2, and 3 and the foolish man’s house will be built using parts 4,5, and 6. Build the sections one at a time as you draw the tools from the tool box (match up letters and tape together).

C–After the three sections are built put the three sections together one at a time, as you continue to draw tools (match letters on section 1 and 2 and tape together. Then match letters on 1 and 3 and tape together to build the wise man’s house. Do the same with sections 4 and 5 and 4 and 6 to build the foolish man’s house).

D– Place the rock and sand in the pan for the foundations as you draw more tools. E–When the last of each of the tools is drawn, tape the wise man’s house to the rock foundation and the foolish man’s house to the sand foundation to complete.

F– Pour water over the rock and sand, to imitate a flood, until the foolish man’s house is washed away. Explain that the rock is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the houses are our testimonies. We want our testimonies built upon the rock so that they will be like the wise man’s house and withstand life’s storms.

Preparation:

 

1. Print out the artwork.

2. Cut out all pieces (tools box, tools, and houses).

3. Tool Box: Cut along dotted lines. Fold along solid lines. Match up letters (A’s, B’s, etc.) and tape in place. Put tools in tool box.

4. Houses: Fold heavy black lines inside (toward the blank side). Fold all tan tabs out (toward printed side). Leave red lines flat.

 

What you need:

 

A copy of “Tool Box, Tools, and Houses” (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, tape, wash tub or pan, a rock or brick (approx. 6” x 6”), sand, and water.

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

SING-ALONG

Watch the New Testament Sing-along "Upon This Rock."

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 5 from the animated Complete Learning System, Built Upon the Rock DVD.

(Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

 

2. Sing Children’s Songbook #281 “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.”

(If time permits do the activity for this lesson.)

 

3. What does the “rock” represent?

(The rock of Jesus Christ is His gospel that has been restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.)

 

4. “Build upon my rock, which is my gospel.” (D&C 11:24)

What does it mean to build your testimony upon the rock of Jesus Christ?

“It is to have developed faith in Jesus Christ so powerful that we can pass the test of life upon which everything for us in eternity depends. That test is part of the purpose God had for us in the Creation.”

Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Nov. 200

 

5. Who is trying to keep us from passing the test of life?

(Satan)

 

6. What tools does Satan use to destroy our families and our homes?

(Contention, pornography, drugs, immorality, etc.)

7. Why is contention such an effective tool of Satan’s?

“One of Satan’s most effective tools is at work among us today–it is a destroyer of happiness, peace, contentment, family solidarity. Families are stumbling and falling because of its hobbling and crippling effect. This tool of Satan is called contention. Contention is to argue, to bring discord or strife, to dispute, to quarrel.”

H. Burke Peterson, Ensign, Jan. 1973 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

8. What will it cost us if we are like the foolish man and hear Christ’s teachings, but fail to keep His commandments?

(Eternal life, exaltation, being an eternal family, etc.)

 

9. What “tools” have been given to us to help build our homes and testimonies upon the rock of Jesus Christ?

(Prayer, scriptures, apostles and prophets, the Holy Ghost, church meetings, church magazines, etc.)

 

Quote:

“The tragedy of life is to fail in that test and so fail to qualify to return in glory to our Heavenly home.”

Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Nov. 2005 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.