This week one of our “Come, Follow Me” topics is on honesty. I thought I had already shared some of the resources we had used over the years to teach this principle to our children, but I’m not finding that post, so here’s a new one.
First, every time I think of this subject, this Primary song starts running through my mind. Maybe if you teach it to your children, it will always run through their minds as well! Here are a couple of websites with teaching ideas: Pansies and Popcorn which links to this pdf file, and Bloglovin’.
I had been a swimmer most of my life, so I prepared to get on the bus to town; but then that petty officer said to our group, “One more thing before we board the buses. Follow me. Forward, march!” He marched us right to the swimming pool, had us take our clothing off and stand at the edge of the deep end of the pool. Then he directed, “Jump in and swim the length of the pool.” In that group, all of whom could supposedly swim, were about 10 who had thought they could fool somebody. They did not really know how to swim. In the water they went, voluntarily or otherwise. Catastrophe was at the door. The petty officers let them go under once or twice before they extended the bamboo pole to pull them to safety. With a few choice words, they then said, “That will teach you to tell the truth!”
How grateful I was that I had told the truth, that I knew how to swim and made it easily to the other end of the pool. Such lessons teach us to be true—true to the faith, true to the Lord, true to our companions, true to all that is sacred and dear to us. That lesson has never left me.
His purpose and conclusion?
Learn how to be honest. You shouldn’t lie at all!