Chapter 26: Honesty

"Chapter 26: Honesty," Part Seven: Following Jesus Christ, ()


Our Father in Heaven is honest in all He does. Does He want us to be honest as well?

Our Father in Heaven Tells Us to Be Honest in All We Do

To be honest means to tell the truth. To be honest means to not lie or steal. When we say things that are not true, we are lying. When we tell only part of the truth, we are lying. When we lead people to believe something that is not true, we are not being honest.

To steal is to take something that belongs to someone else without the person’s permission. To take something from a store without paying for it is stealing. Our Father in Heaven has told us not to steal.

Honest people work hard during all the hours for which they are paid. Honest employers pay those who work for them according to what the employees deserve. Honest people charge fairly for their services and for the things they sell. We must be honest if we want to live with our Father in Heaven.

Satan tries to persuade us to be dishonest. When we are dishonest in any way, we are following Satan. Satan likes lies. Satan wants us to think it is clever to be dishonest. He tries to make us think we will be happy when we are dishonest. He wants us to think being dishonest is not a sin. Satan wants us to be dishonest so we will be unhappy.

Our Father in Heaven has taught us to be honest at all times. He is sad when we lie. He wants us to know that lying is always wrong. Being dishonest is always wrong and makes us unhappy.

Some people steal things because they think they have a right to have them. Some young people cheat at school to receive better grades or because other students do it. Some people lie so that others will think well of them. None of these reasons makes stealing or lying right. When we make excuses for lying, we are not honest.

Discussion

  • What is honesty?

  • Whom are we following when we are honest?

We Can Be Honest in All We Do

We can be honest by having the courage to tell the truth, even when it is hard to do so. Our Father in Heaven will help us be honest if we ask Him. He will send the Holy Ghost to help us choose to be honest. The Holy Ghost will help us know that being honest is the right thing to do.

When we understand the teachings of Jesus, we will want to be honest in all we do. Jesus has taught us that we are children of our Father in Heaven and that we are all brothers and sisters. He has taught that we can be truly happy only when we are honest. We would not be at peace with ourselves if we had something in our home that did not belong to us. He has also taught us that if we have faith in Him, repent, and are truly honest we can return to live with our Father in Heaven and be happy forever.

When we understand all these things, we begin to want to be honest. We do not want to lie to other people. We want to please our Father in Heaven so we can return to live with Him. We want to admit our mistakes and correct them so our Father in Heaven will forgive us.

Discussion

  • If we have lied even a little, why should we repent?

  • How can we be honest in all we do?

  • How will our Father in Heaven help us to be honest?

Being Honest Makes Us Happy

When we are honest, we feel good. Our Father in Heaven is happy with us. We do not feel guilty. We feel good because we know we have nothing to hide from others. We do not have to worry that someone will know we have lied.

When we are honest we become more like our Father in Heaven. We know we are preparing to return to live with Him. When we are honest, other people trust us. When we are honest, our Father in Heaven will help us do the things we want to do that are right.

Discussion

  • How do we feel when we are honest?

  • What would the world be like if every person were honest?

References

Our Father in Heaven Tells Us to Be Honest in All We Do

We Can Be Honest in All We Do

Being Honest Makes Us Happy