The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, CS 281

Old Church Perched on Stone in The Middle of Norwegian Fjord at sunset storm.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,  I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

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: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27).

A Sure Foundation

When we think of our homes, we generally think of the color, the style, the number of bedrooms or the furniture.  We don’t often think of the foundation, yet that is perhaps the most important aspect of our homes; it determines our home’s stability.

In the April 2013 General Conference, Bishop Dean M. Davies recounted his experience during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco.  As he drove home from work during that earthquake, he saw buildings tumbling all around.  Some stood firm; some didn’t.

He described what we need to build strong foundations in our personal lives and ended his talk with these words:

“I humbly testify that by anchoring our lives to Jesus Christ and to His Atonement and by carefully following His plans for our happiness, including daily prayer, daily scripture study, and weekly partaking of the sacrament, we will be strengthened, we will experience real personal growth and a lasting conversion, we will be better prepared to successfully withstand the storms and calamities of life, we will experience the joy and happiness promised, and we will have the confidence that our lives have been built upon a sure foundation—a foundation that will never fall.”

(April 2013 General Conference: “A Sure Foundation,” Bishop Dean M. Davies)

Congregation Choir for Primary Arrangements

In our sample, you will first hear an introduction, then one verse with our enhanced piano accompaniment, then a second verse with our enhanced accompaniment AND our countermelody for voice or instrument.  PURCHASE HERE.

I have always felt that this song is not really finished.  Therefore, I have added two additional verses that finish it off better for me.

Suggested Verse 5

So I will build my house upon the rock,

[rest – could do an extra fist bump on the rock here] I will build my house upon the rock,

[rest] I will build my house upon the rock,

And the rains will come tumbling down.

Suggested Verse 6

The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,

The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,

The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,

And my house on the rock will stand still!

I use the future tense for these verses, as the children’s lives are still mostly ahead of them.  These verses also allow for a little more discussion of the metaphors in this song: the trials (rains, floods) which might lead us to despair (wash us away) if we don’t have firm testimonies built upon “the rock” of Jesus Christ and His gospel.

 

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