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Popular speaker Hank Smith asks, “Have you ever heard your parents say, ‘If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?’ How are you supposed to answer that?” Brother Smith suggests that your response depends on knowing the answer to a few other questions, like, “How high is the bridge? How deep is the water below? Is someone on the bridge trying to kill me?!” In this positive and uplifting talk, Hank Smith discusses the life-changing importance of choosing good friends and of being a good friend. Quoting from For the Strength of Youth, Brother Smith says, “Choose your friends carefully. They will greatly influence how you think and act and even determine the person you become.” Using his trademark humor, colorful stories and examples, and quotes from the prophets and apostles, Brother Smith illustrates just how true this statement is. He says that a true friend can help you make wise choices and can even save your life. “A real friend will stand between their friend and a horrible choice and at least say something,” emphasizes Brother Smith. “Your friend might just say ‘forget you,’ but at least they’ll know you said something. Sometimes in order to save the friend you have to ruin the friendship.”
Brother Smith encourages youth to avoid risking their future on bad friends and above all to “become friends with Jesus Christ. He will greatly influence how you think and act. Let Him determine the person you will become.”
- Run Time: Approx. 60 minutes
About the Author
Hank Smith teaching in the Religious Education Department at BYU and is a favorite speaker for Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Education Week. Hank and his wife, Sara, were both born and raised in St. George, Utah. They are the parents of one daughter and two sons. Brother Smith enjoys running marathons and eating lots and lots of ice cream (which is why he runs marathons). More than anything else, he loves being at home spending all day with his wife and children.
Another Awesome Hank Smith CD
by John - reviewed on December 01, 2012
This CD is incredible. Hank Smith is such a phenomenal speaker; the CD teaches powerful principles in such a fun way that my kids want to listen to it over and over again. We know talk about going into "friend worship mode" and it's very helpful.
by Robert - reviewed on March 26, 2012
I love this! It was so good, I recommend this to anyone, especially those with children. Brother Smith is funny and uplifting, so glad to have this in our home!
Exceptional! A must listen for everyone!
by Wendell - reviewed on March 28, 2012
Absolutely loved Hank's newest CD! I put it in the CD player in my car and played it while I was driving the carpool each morning to school! All the kids, mine included, absolutely loved the stories and were all sad when it was over. So we listened to it a second time. Thank you Hank for making materials that are not only uplifting, but so entertaining that you are the talk of the carpool.