Thursday, July 16, 2009

Family Home Evening Lesson #20: FOR THE STRENGTH OF YOUTH--HONESTY

1. Opening Prayer

2. Sing "I Believe in Being Honest" Children's Songbook pg. 149

3. Read Exodus 20: 15-16 Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

4. Read and discuss the following from "For the Strength of Youth"

Be honest with yourself, others, and the Lord. When you are honest in every way, you build strength of character that will allow you to be of great service to God and others. You will be blessed with peace of mind and self-respect. When you are honest, you will be trusted by the Lord and by those around you.

Dishonesty hurts you and usually hurts others as well. When you lie, steal, shoplift, or cheat, you damage your spirit and become less able to do good things. Be honest in your job, giving a full amount of work for your pay.

Don’t rationalize that wrong is right, even though many people around you may think there is no harm in being dishonest. Being honest requires courage and commitment to do what you know is right.

Then read and discuss the following from James E. Faust:

Honesty is a principle, and we have our moral agency to determine how we will apply this principle. We have the agency to make choices, but ultimately we will be accountable for each choice we make. We may deceive others, but there is One we will never deceive.

5. Closing Prayer

Additional Resources: Be Honest (New Era, Oct. 2005)
Honesty (FHE Resource Book)
Honesty (Gospel Principles, Chapter 31)

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