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 (A of F 1:13).
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Do you attend a CTR class in Primary? Do you have a CTR ring? Our CTR ring reminds us to choose the right. Maybe you attend a Valiant class in Primary. Do you know what it means to be valiant? To be valiant means to be strong, faithful, and brave. Have you ever had to be valiant or brave when choosing the right? As a young boy, Joseph Smith learned that choosing the right is not always easy.
When Joseph was 14, he was confused about which church to join. Joseph read that people could ask God (see James 1:5).
Joseph Smith went to a grove and knelt in prayer. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came to Joseph Smith and told him that he “must join none of [the churches]” (see JS—H 1:16–19).
Joseph went home and told his mother what had happened, and she believed him. However, when Joseph related his experience to the leaders of different churches, none of them believed him.
But Joseph was valiant in telling the truth. He said, “Though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true” (JS—H 1:25).
As we celebrate the 200th birthday of Joseph Smith this year, we can remember him and follow his example in choosing the right.
“Choose the Right” Coloring Activity
On page 20 write a sentence or draw a picture on each of the balloons that tells or shows ways you are choosing the right. Then color the picture.
Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker
Sharing Time Ideas
(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Tell the children about an important message you have received, such as the birth of a child or another happy event. How was the message sent? How would you send an important message today? Show picture 5-7 from the Primary picture packet (Statue of Angel Moroni on Temple). Who is in the picture? Why is he blowing a trumpet? What important message does he have for the world? Using material from JS—H 1:27–67 or from the backs of GAK pictures
For older children: Assign each class and its teacher a chapter from the Book of Mormon to review. With the help of the teacher, have each child identify a brief doctrine in the chapter that would be a great message to the world.
For younger children: Post several GAK or Primary packet pictures that teach gospel principles on the board. Let children give gospel messages based on one of the pictures.
2. Ahead of time, invite two or three ward members approved by the bishop to share their testimonies of the blessing of paying tithing. Teach the principle of tithing. Point out that tithing is one of the basic requirements in the Faith in God program (see Faith in God guidebook,
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 the truth. Tell in your own words of the persecution suffered by Joseph Smith as he told the truth regarding the First Vision. Refer to JS—H 1:21–26. Discuss what this story has to do with being “honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself” (see
4. Explain that a person’s name is important, both to the person and to those who love him or her. Tell the children about your name and its significance. What does it mean? Were you named after someone? Invite two or three children to tell what they know about their names. Have the children recite Exodus 20:7 [Ex. 20:7] or the following from My Gospel Standards: “I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.” To help us remember Him, Jesus Christ is known by many names. Assemble the following items on a tray: 1) rock, 2) bread, 3) vine or a picture of one, 4) drawing or picture of sun, 5) small world globe or GAK
5. This month is the 10th anniversary of when
6. Friend references: