I Can Be Honest
To strengthen each child’s desire to be honest.
- Make a copy of the headband “I can be honest” for each child.
- Picture 1-13, Joseph Smith
- A button or other small object
- Prepare the Pinocchio
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Button, button, who has the button?
Have a child come to the front of the class. Press your hands together with a button or other small object inside. Have the other children press their hands together. Go from child to child, passing your hands between theirs. Drop the button into one child’s hands. Have the children keep pressing their hands together, pretending they have the button. Say, “Button, button, who has the button?” Have the child at the front try to guess which child has the button by asking, “(Name), do you have the button?” Tell the children that they should answer truthfully, “No, I do not have the button” or “Yes, I have the button.”
Play the game several times, choosing other children to guess and to pass the button. Compliment the children for being honest.
Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be honest
Show picture 1-13, Joseph Smith. Tell the children that the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote,
in the thirteenth article of faith. Help the children memorize these words.
What does it mean to be honest?
Being honest includes telling the truth, not taking things that belong to someone else, and treating other people fairly.
This is Pinocchio. Do you know the story of Pinocchio? This is a make-believe story. Pinocchio was a wooden puppet. If he told a lie his nose would grow. Show the children how his noses grows sliding the nose out
. If He told the truth his nose shrinks back down. Choose a child to come to the front of the class. Make simple but obvious statements, such as “I have a flower in my hair,” “I am wearing a dress,” “John’s pants are red,” or “You are sitting on a chair.” If it is not true have the child make Pinocchio’s nose grow. If the statement is true have the child make Pinocchio’s nose little. Continue until all the children have had a turn
Show the Bible.
Moses brought the Ten Commandments to his people. Heavenly Father and Jesus gave Moses two commandments on honesty: “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Read Exodus 20:15–16 aloud.
What does it mean to steal?
To bear false witness means to say something that is not true.
How do you feel when you are honest?
How do you feel when you are not honest?
Why might you sometimes be afraid to be honest? (You might be punished or make someone unhappy.)
We can feel better when we are honest, even though it is sometimes hard to do.
We are blessed when we are honest
The Book of Mormon tells a story about some young men whose parents taught them to obey the commandments.
They called themselves Anti-Nephi-Lehies so that they would not be confused with the rest of the Lamanites. When the Anti-Nephi-Lehies were converted, they made a promise or covenant with Heavenly Father that they would not use their weapons to fight. They buried their weapons to show that they would keep their covenant.
The Nephites provided land for the Anti-Nephi-Lehies to live on and protected them from the Lamanites. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies became known for their righteousness and honesty. They gave food and clothing to help the armies of the Nephites.
Many years passed. The wicked Lamanites began to attack the Nephite lands again and take possession of some of the Nephite cities. The Nephites had trouble protecting their cities. When the Anti-Nephi-Lehies saw how hard the Nephites were fighting to protect the cities and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, they were very worried. The Anti-Nephi-Lehies wondered if they should break their covenant and help the Nephites fight.
A brave Nephite leader named Helaman
told them not to break their covenant. He knew that it was important to keep covenants. He also knew that these righteous people had many sons who were very young at the time the covenant was made. These boys had not made the covenant with Heavenly Father, so they could help the Nephites fight to protect the cities and their parents.
Two thousand of these strong young men volunteered to fight along with Helaman.
These young men were honest and could be trusted. Their mothers had taught them to trust in Heavenly Father and obey his commandments. These young warriors knew that if they did so, Heavenly Father would protect them. Because they believed and followed the teachings of their mothers, they were not afraid to follow Helaman. They fought in many battles for the Nephites. They fought bravely and were a great help to the Nephite armies.
Helaman loved these young men as much as parents love their children. After one great battle, many people had been killed. Helaman was worried that some of these young men might have been killed. When they were counted…1999
(tape on the picture of 2000 stripling warriors), 2000
(tape the picture on the picture of 2000 stripling warriors). He was happy to find that not one of them had died. Because the young men trusted in Heavenly Father and followed the teachings of their mothers, Heavenly Father had protected them from the Lamanites.
One reason these young men were so outstanding was that they were honest. Read aloud the last part of Alma 53:20 (from they were men who were true). Being true means being honest. Because these young warriors were honest, they were protected in battle. They were blessed for their honesty, faith, and courage. We will also be blessed if we are honest.
How were the two thousand young warriors blessed for being honest?
Place the headbands on the children. Have them pretend they are the two thousand stripling warriors and march around the room as you clap a rhythm. Have them stop marching when you stop clapping, and ask a child to tell how he or she can be honest. Start clapping again, and repeat the activity until each child has had a turn to give an answer.
Bear your testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be honest and that we can feel happy when we are honest.
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