I will not swear or use
Friend Aug. 2000, suggestion # 2
“I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.”
Divide the children into 4 groups; assign each group part of the words of this Standard:
Have each group stand and repeat their
words ~ first, in order;
then, from the last group to the first.
Then have all the children repeat the entire Standard.
See if they can “hear” the words when the Standard is repeated in order by the groups but with one group being silent.
Write the names of the children on slips of paper and put them into a container. Draw out several names and ask those children to come to the front.
Say the names with varying voice inflections ~ excitement, annoyance, love, anger, respect, etc.
Then have them tell how the different ways of hearing their names said made them feel.
Conclude by displaying several of the names of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father (see the Topical Guide to the Bible).
Discuss showing reverence by speaking Their names with respect, honor, and love.
Tell President Kimball’s experience with a hospital orderly who took the Lord’s name in vain (see “What Would the Prophets Want Me to Do?” Friend, Sep. 1999, p. 38, or Family Home Evening Resource Manual, Lesson 1, p. 215).
Remind the children that they are keeping their baptismal covenant as they speak reverently of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and never swear or use crude words.
Have the children stand and repeat the Standard.
Sing “Hum Your Favorite Hymn” (CS, p. 152).