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Why is it important to be honest?

Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way. When we are honest, we build strength of character that will allow us to be of great service to God and to others. We are blessed with peace of mind and self-respect and will be trusted by the Lord and others. 

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women feel the importance of honesty?

Psalm 101:7; Proverbs 12:22; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 4:29; Alma 27:27; Articles of Faith 1:13 (Be honest and upright in all things)

Acts 5:1–10 (We cannot lie to the Lord)

2 Nephi 9:34; Alma 12:1-5 (Dishonesty is a sin with serious consequences)

Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25 (Joseph’s experience of being honest in the face of persecution)

Thomas S. Monson, “Preparation Bring Blessings,Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 64–67

Robert C. Gay, “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 34–36

Ann M. Dibb, “I Believe in Being Honest and True,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 115–18

Honesty and Integrity,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 19

Honesty,” True to the Faith (2004), 84

Video: “Honesty: You Better Believe It”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask the young women to read the story about buying movie tickets in Elder Robert C. Gay’s talk “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” Invite them to summarize the story to each other and share what they learn from the story about the importance of honesty.
  • Invite the young women to watch “Honesty: You Better Believe It.” Ask them to write down ways they can prepare now to overcome the temptation to cheat before the situation actually arises. Invite them to share their thoughts with the rest of the class.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the importance of honesty. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Read to the young women the story about a man stealing corn in Ann M. Dibb’s talk “I Believe in Being Honest and True.” Stop reading just before the little boy says, “Father, there is one way you haven’t looked yet!” Ask the young women what the little boy might say to his father. Then read his comment. Ask the young women to discuss choices they face in which they must choose to be honest.
  • As a class, read “Honesty and Integrity” in For the Strength of Youth. Ask the young women to identify the blessings of honesty and list them on the board. How does honesty affect their ability to do good for others and the Lord? When have the young women been blessed for being honest? Ask the young women to think of situations in which they might be tempted to be dishonest (they could look at the standards in For the Strength of Youth for ideas). What could they do in these situations to maintain their honesty?
  • Assign each of the young women one of the scripture passages from this lesson. Ask them to write down one to four words that represent what the passage teaches about honesty. Invite them to share what they have written and then express their feelings and experiences about being honest. How does their integrity affect their relationships with others?
  • Read Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25 as a class, and ask the young women what they learn about honesty from this story. How are they blessed because Joseph was true to what he experienced and what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ asked of him? When has being honest required the young women to be courageous? How were they blessed for being honest?
  • Draw a line down the middle of the board. On one side write, “If I am honest…” and on the other side write, “If I am dishonest…” Ask the young women to look for ways to complete these sentences as they read the section titled “Honesty” in True to the Faith and the story about the dishonest student in President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “Preparation Bring Blessings.” What other thoughts can they add? Invite the young women to share how they have seen these things in their own lives. Ask the class to share some ways people sometimes justify being dishonest. How do they explain to others their reasons for being honest?

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the importance of being honest? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Commit to being honest in all their dealings with those around them.
  • Plan and practice what they will do or say when someone tries to convince them to do something dishonest.
  • Complete one of the Integrity value experiences or value projects from Personal Progress.