Honesty FHE Lesson
by Laurie Friend, Digitized and adapted by Lara Goold
Scriptures, salt and pepper, yarn and scissors, metal brads (or stapler)
A lesson designed to teach us that we must be honest in all things to become like our Savior. If we wantto choose the right, as Jesus did, we must live the truth.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
“We believe in being honest, true….”
Article of FaithOpening song(s) and prayer:
“Dare to Do Right,
” Children’s Songbook, page 158
Pour some salt into your hand and show it. Tell your family that in your hand you hold pure salt.It is pure because there is nothing in it besides good, clean salt. Now shake some pepper into thesalt in your hand. Now the salt is no longer pure because the pepper has tainted it. Relate:When we allow dishonesty into our lives we are no longer pure. Honest people try at all times totell the truth and to live righteously.
“Trial of Jesus” Scripture Story (magnet pictures included):
Tell the story of the “Trial of Jesus”. (In your own words or from the scriptures—Mark 14: 53-65.) Talk about the Jewish leaders that asked Jesus many questions and one of them was “Artthou the Christ?” (Mark 14:61). Jesus knew that if he said that he was the Christ, the Son of Heavenly Father, the leaders would not let him go. But Jesus always told the truth even when hislife was in danger. For Jesus has said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus wants eachof us to always tell the truth, even when it’s hard to do so.It is not always easy to tell the truth. Sometimes it is easier for us to say something that is nottrue or to not say anything at all.
Why is it sometimes hard to tell the truth? (Because we don’t want to make someoneangry or because we might get in trouble)
Read or recite the thirteenth article of faith, emphasizing the first line: “We believe in beinghonest…”
What is an honest person?
An honest person loves truth. He is honest and true in hiswords and actions. He does not lie, steal, or cheat. He keeps promises. He respects the property of others
He stands for the right. He obeys the laws. He can be trusted. The trait of honesty is so important that our Heavenly Father included it in the ten commandments. Can you guess which ones? “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”
What is a lie?
Elder Marvin J. Ashton (an apostle a few years ago) said, “A lie is anycommunication given to another with the intent to deceive.” To lie is to be dishonest.