"I LOVE MY FRIENDS," by Hank Smith, Covenant Communications, $11.99, 60 minutes
“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”
Brigham Young University religion teacher and popular youth speaker Hank Smith suggests before you answer this question you might want to know how high the bridge is or if someone up there is trying to kill you.
More importantly, he advises teenagers to evaluate if the friends in their lives are the kind of people who can be trusted, people whose example can be safely followed.
In his newest talk on CD, “I Love my Friends,” Smith delves into the sometimes perilous world of adolescent friendships.
With his characteristic humor and thought-provoking real-life experiences, Smith encourages teenagers — and their parents as well — to surround themselves with friends who will help shape them into something great.
“Your friends help determine the person you become,” Smith says. “We have to realize that friends are a huge part of our lives and they greatly influence our decisions.”
Strewn with scriptural references, words of prophets and even the wisdom of Harry Potter’s headmaster, Professor Albus Dumbledore, Smith’s talk gives pointed insights about choosing and, if necessary, losing powerful friends.
Smith encourages youths to be the kind of friend who will influence others for good and to surround themselves with friends who will share moral battles and engage in “we” fights, rather than leaving them to fight alone.
When it comes to choosing good friends, Smith asserts that the best friendship of all is the one we have with Jesus Christ.
“The Savior wants to be your friend,” Smith says. “He will be a great strength and a blessing to you.”
Smith’s humorous and inspiring message will resonate with families and persuade listeners to carefully consider the kind of friends they invite into their lives.
An excerpt is at SoundCloud.com.
Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is email@example.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.