“I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself”
Friend Sept. 2005, suggestion # 3
Help the children sing or say the thirteenth article of faith (Children's Songbook, pp. 132–33).
Repeat the first line: "We believe in being honest."
Joseph Smith understood that it is not always easy to tell
Tell in your own words of the persecution suffered by Joseph Smith as he told the truth regarding the First Vision.
Refer to Joseph Smith—History 1:21–26.
Discuss what this story has to do with being "honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself" (see My Gospel Standards, Faith in God guidebook, back cover).
In Joseph Smith—History 1:33, Moroni told Joseph Smith that his name "should be had for good and evil among all nations."
Prepare four or five case studies (see TNGC, pp. 161–62) in which children must choose to be "honest with Heavenly Father, others, and [themselves]" as they live the commandments.
Issues appropriate for your Primary might include:
Divide the children into four or five groups and give each group a case study. With simple puppets (see TNGC, pp. 176–77) or by role playing (see TNGC, p. 178), let each group demonstrate their case study.
When they get to the point where a choice must be made, invite other children to help them choose the outcome. Discuss how their name might "be had for good and evil" because of their choice, acknowledging that being honest and choosing the right is not always easy or popular. Sing "I Believe in Being Honest" (p. 149).