“Lesson 37: I Can Be Honest,” Primary 1 (2000), 122–24
“Lesson 37,” Primary 1, 122–24
To strengthen each child’s desire to be honest.
Make a simple headband for each child out of a strip of paper or cloth. Write on each headband I can be honest.
A Bible and a Book of Mormon.
A button or other small object.
Picture 1-13, Joseph Smith (Gospel Art Picture Kit 400; 62449); picture 1-65, Two Thousand Young Warriors (Gospel Art Picture Kit 313; 62050).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show picture 1-13, Joseph Smith. Tell the children that the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in being honest” in the thirteenth article of faith. Help the children memorize these words.
What does it mean to be honest?
Explain that being honest includes telling the truth, not taking things that belong to someone else, and treating other people fairly.
Show the Bible and tell the children that Moses brought the Ten Commandments to his people (see Exodus 20). Explain that 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?
Explain that to bear false witness means to say something that is not true.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Tell the following story of Jacob Hamblin and his son in your own words:
Jacob Hamblin was one of the first pioneers to go to southern Utah. He loved the Indians who lived there and learned to speak their language. He was always honest with the Indians, and they learned to trust him. One day Jacob sent his son to trade a pony to an Indian for some blankets. The Indian carefully looked over the pony and set out a pile of blankets. Jacob’s son said, “Not enough.” The Indian kept adding blankets to the pile. When Jacob’s son thought he had enough blankets, he rode home, proud that he had received so many blankets for the pony. When Jacob saw how many blankets his son had brought home, he was not pleased. The pony was not worth that many blankets. Jacob made his son take half the blankets back to the Indian. When the boy went back, the Indian laughed and said, “I knew that Jacob would send them back” (see Jacob Hamblin, Jr., as told to Louise Lee Udall, in A Story to Tell [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1945], 359–60).
Explain that the Indian knew that Jacob Hamblin was an honest man and would send back the extra blankets. The Indian could trust Jacob because he was always honest. Let the children act out or retell the story.
Sing or say the words to both verses of “Jesus Loved the Little Children” (Children’s Songbook, p. 59) or “Jesus Once Was a Little Child” (Children’s Songbook, p. 55).
Use simple puppets, such as sock or paper bag puppets, to act out situations where someone has a choice between being honest and being dishonest. Use the examples below or create some of your own:
You broke a dish and your mother asks who did it.
You are helping pick up some money that has spilled, and you are tempted to take some.
You ate two cookies after your father told you not to. Your father asks if you ate the cookies.
Have the children take turns using the puppets and telling what they should do in each situation.
Ask the children if there is a horse in the room. Tell them that even if they looked very carefully, they could not find a horse in the room because there isn’t one. It would not be honest to say there is a horse in the room. Ask if they can see (name something that the children can easily see). Explain that it would be honest to say that this item is in the room. Tell the children that when they say something that is true or real, they are being honest.
Ask the children to raise both hands when you say something that is true and lower both hands when you say something that is not true. 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.”
Sing or say the words to “A Prayer” (Children’s Songbook, p. 22) or “Dare to Do Right” (Children’s Songbook, p. 158).