Honesty is an important value to learn, as we should always be honest with others and even ourselves. Check out this family home evening lesson on honesty! Scripture: 13th Article of Faith Hymn: I Believe in Being Honest or Do What is Right Lesson: The Catcher's Mitt or Honesty in the Small Things Treat: Strawberry-Lime Shortcakes with Coconut Cream or Orange Kissed Cookies Activity: Go for a spring walk or Play the favorite scripture guessing game •View entire lesson...

Honesty

FHE Scripture

Scripture


Article of Faith 13

13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

I Believe in Being Honest–Primary Song #149 or  Do What is Right Hymn 237

I Believe in Being Honest

1- I believe in being honest;
I believe in being true,
That honesty should start with me
In all I say, in all I do.
I’ll form good habits in my youth,
To keep my word, to tell the truth,
To speak up in defending right
And keep my name and honor bright.
I believe in being honest;
I believe in being true,
That honesty should start with me
In all I say, in all I do.

Do What is Right

1. Do what is right; the day-dawn is breaking,
Hailing a future of freedom and light.
Angels above us are silent notes taking
Of ev’ry action; then do what is right!

[Chorus]
Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right!

2. Do what is right; the shackles are falling.
Chains of the bondsmen no longer are bright;
Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
Truth goeth onward; then do what is right!

3. Do what is right; be faithful and fearless.
Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
Eyes that are wet now, ere long will be tearless.
Blessings await you in doing what’s right!

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read this story and discuss the questions at the end. Testify of the important value of honesty.

Moving from his hometown hadn’t been easy for Charlie. After Dad had been offered a better job, the family decided to move. Charlie’s seven-year-old brother, Justin, didn’t mind the move. Justin made friends wherever he went.

But going into a new sixth-grade class in the middle of the school year was hard for Charlie. Most of the kids had known each other since kindergarten. No one seemed interested in getting to know him. So Charlie was excited when Ryan and a couple other guys in his class asked him to go to the mall with them after school. They were going to look for some equipment for baseball season, which was only two weeks away.

As the boys walked into a sports equipment store, Charlie pulled a catcher’s mitt from the wall and tried it on.

“That’s a cool mitt,” Ryan said.

“I know,” Charlie said. “Too bad I don’t have any money.”

“Just stick it in your backpack,” Ryan said. “Nobody’s watching.”

“What? You just want me to take it?” Charlie asked.

“They overcharge for everything in this store,” Ryan said. “We probably pay too much for a lot of things.”

Charlie wanted that mitt. Baseball season started soon, and he needed a new catcher’s mitt. A lump formed in his throat. He knew he shouldn’t take the mitt.

“Go ahead. Take it,” Ryan said.

“Not right now,” Charlie said. “Maybe later.”

Charlie hung the glove back on the wall and turned around. The boys were laughing.

“Baseball season is coming up,” Ryan reminded Charlie as they left the store. “You’re going to need a glove soon.”

Charlie couldn’t concentrate on his homework that evening. He still wanted that mitt. He started to wonder if Ryan was right. At dinner, Mom and Dad noticed something was wrong.

“How are things at school, Charlie?” Dad asked.

“I got 100 percent on my spelling test,” Justin said.

“That’s great,” Dad said.

“How about you, Charlie?” Mom asked. “How’s that essay coming along?”

“I’m almost done,” Charlie muttered. “I’ll go finish it now.”

Charlie’s teacher had assigned him to write an essay about freedom. Charlie pulled out his notebook, picked up his pen, and began reading from his textbook. “Freedom has two parts—agency and responsibility.”

Charlie had learned about agency at church, but he never really thought about it being connected with freedom. He started thinking about the catcher’s mitt. He knew he shouldn’t take it. He decided he wouldn’t—no matter what the other guys thought.

The next day at school, Charlie told Ryan he wasn’t going to take the catcher’s mitt.

“What’s the big deal?” Ryan asked. “They’ve got hundreds of them.”

“Stealing is wrong, even if the store has a lot,” Charlie said.

Ryan laughed as Charlie walked away.

That night, Charlie told his parents how he had been tempted to take the mitt.

“What stopped you?” Dad asked.

“I just knew it wasn’t honest,” Charlie said. “I knew it would be the wrong choice.”

Dad placed his hand on Charlie’s shoulder. “We’re proud of you,” he said.

Even though Charlie still hadn’t made any good friends in his new class yet, he felt happy as he lay in bed that night. With baseball season just around the corner, he knew he would have a chance to make some new friends.

(Jane McBride Choate, “The Catcher’s Mitt”, Friend, May 2011)

*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- Why did Charlie’s family move?
2- What did Ryan tell Charlie to do with the mitt?
3- Did Charlie take the mitt? Why?
4- How did Charlie feel when he told Ryan that he was not going to take the mitt?

Testify of the importance of honesty.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Start with an object lesson, share the following story and discuss the importance of honesty. (Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis, “Honesty in the Small Things”, Ensign Sept 2003) Testify of the important value of honesty

Start off by showing a few medical items (such as bandages, pills, rubbing alcohol, neosporin, etc).

Ask family members to name minor illnesses & why they think they are minor.
Also ask family members to name major illnesses & why they think they are major.

Dishonesty is like cancer

Share the story below:

Not long ago, a friend told me he had learned after a routine checkup that he had cancer. He had felt nothing different in his body—no pain, no perceptible indication of the disease. Fortunately, the cancer was discovered early, and he started treatment immediately, which increased his chance of survival. My friend recommended that I have a similar checkup. He concluded that these regular checkups could mean the difference between a short and a long life.

I left that conversation wondering how I would feel upon discovering there was something within me capable of taking my life, particularly if I did not take immediate action. I certainly would not scrimp on my efforts to address the problem as soon as I could. I would seek out the best doctors and hospitals available to me. I cannot imagine that anyone, knowing they were sick, would not do everything within their power to seek a cure.

By the same token, there are cancers of a spiritual nature that, if discovered early, are more easily cured. Yet if allowed to fester, they have the potential of destroying us spiritually. One of these spiritual cancers is dishonesty.Scriptural teachings on honesty are clear, but unfortunately the world seems to be much more flexible. The world even classifies people according to different levels of honesty. Sometimes we hear of people who are “very” honest, “mostly” honest, or even “a little” honest.

Should we even use modifiers with the word honest? I don’t believe so. There are no degrees of honesty. Either we are honest or we aren’t. It is the same with cancer. Either we have the disease or we don’t.Many people rationalize committing “small” acts of dishonesty such as keeping extra change they receive in the grocery store, taking home supplies from the workplace, being less than accurate on tax returns, disobeying copyright laws, and so on. Yet even so-called small errors need to be eradicated from our lives, for anytime we are dishonest, we are breaking one of the Lord’s commandments. And as the scriptures tell us, “there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God” (1 Ne. 15:34).

After an individual is diagnosed with cancer, what foolishness it would be for him or her to say: “It doesn’t hurt yet, and it doesn’t interfere with anything. I’ll just live with it. I’ve never needed a doctor before. Surely the cancer will disappear by itself.” Similarly, it would be great foolishness to ignore a problem with dishonesty, even if it is seemingly small now. As we rationalize committing small acts of dishonesty, the problem worsens, and it becomes easier to commit progressively larger sins.

The good news in relation to spiritual cancers is that, contrary to their fleshy counterparts, all of them can be cured before they cause our spiritual death. Recognizing them is the first step to returning to full spiritual health.

My friend’s advice is vital, even in our spiritual lives: we need to conduct regular spiritual checkups on ourselves to determine the areas in which we need to improve.

Testify of the importance of honesty.

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Strawberry-Lime Shortcakes with Coconut Cream or Orange Kissed Cookies

Strawberry-Lime Shortcakes with Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

Angelfood or Pound Cake
4 C sliced fresh strawberries
½ C white sugar
4 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
For the Coconut Whipped Cream:
1 C whipping cream
½ C powdered sugar
2 t coconut extract
1 t vanilla extract
¾ C toasted coconut

Instructions:

Mix sliced strawberries, sugar, and lime juice. Stir well and set aside. Stir occasionally over about 15 minutes. You want the sugar to dissolve and form a light syrup.
For the cream, place whipping cream in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about one minute. Slowly add in powdered sugar, and both extracts. Continue beating until soft peaks form.
Slice cake and spoon a layer of strawberries on top. Include the lime-syrup! Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with coconut.
This serves about six, but it could be more or less depending on how what size you make them.

Orange Kissed Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
1 egg
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (add another 2 tablespoons for high altitudes)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. thawed orange juice concentrate
1 Tbsp. grated orange zest

Frosting
1 tsp. grated orange zest
1/4 c.  thawed orange juice concentrate
1/2 c. softened butter
3 c. powdered sugar
2-3 drops orange food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a mixer, combine the white sugar and shortening. Beat until well-combined. Add the egg and beat well, then add the sour cream and vanilla and beat for about 1 minute or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Add the orange juice concentrate and orange rind and mix well.

Using a cookie scoop, drop the dough/batter (the mixture will be VERY moist–thicker than a cake batter but thinner than traditional cookies) by the tablespoon-ful onto a lined, un-greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are set and just starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

For the frosting, combine the frosting ingredients with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread over the cooled cookies.

Yield: Approximately 36 cookies.

(Recipes taken from OurBestBites.com)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity


1-  Go for spring walk

2- Favorite Scripture guessing game – each family member will write down on a piece of paper one of their favorite scriptures. Put them all together and mix them up. One by one, read them out loud and try to guess who picked that as their favorite scripture.

 

 

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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    I really love the fhe lessons. Wish you would use recipes that were healghy. Less sugar, flour & shortning! No good for heart healthy families or diabetics. So can’t ever use the recipes!

    • Abby

      Wanda, that is a great suggestion! I’m sorry the previous recipes haven’t been too healthy. We’ll try and post a little more variety when it comes to the treats. Glad you enjoy the lessons!

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    Thank you for your lesson plans. I really enjoy the story about the Catcher’s Mitt. My 8 year old son gave the lesson and afterwards told his own story of not cheating on a spelling test. I think he could really relate to the story. Those one’s are always the best! Thanks again.

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