Stand for Truth and Righteousness

Let us stand united together, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, and hand in hand, bonded together by that light that never grows dim. We'll hold our torches high that Christ's true light through us will shine. (Ardeth G. Kapp, "Stand for Truth and Righteousness," Ensign, Nov 1988, 93) h3. Song: "Stand for the Right," Children's Songbook, p. 159. h3. Scripture: And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, (Deuteronomy 6:18) h3. Object Lesson: Materials needed: Fan, rock, feather. Presentation: Hold the feather in front of the fan and show how it blows away. Hold the rock in front of the fan. If our testimonies are weak, we will be caught up in the whirlwinds of the world. But if they are strong and have their foundations in Christ, we will be able to stand firm despite trials and temptations. (Alma Heaton, Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1979], p. 50.) h3. Story: True Blue, Through and Through!" (Joseph Fielding Smith) [An] incident which I have heard [Joseph F. Smith] relate which shows his courage and integrity, occurred when he was returning from his mission to the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii], in the fall of 1857. He came home by way of Los Angeles, by what was called the Southern Route. In that year Johnston's Army was on the move for Utah, and naturally enough there was much excitement and bitterness of feeling concerning the "Mormons." In southern California, just after the little train of wagons had traveled only a short distance and made their camp, several anti-"Mormon" toughs rode into the camp on horseback, cursing and swearing and threatening what they would do to the "Mormons." Joseph F. was a little distance from the camp gathering wood for the fire, but he saw that the few members of his own party had cautiously gone into the brush down the creek, out of sight. When he saw that, he told me, the thought came into his mind, "Shall I run from these fellows? Why should I fear them?" With that he marched up with his arm full of wood to the campfire where one of the ruffians, still with his pistol in his hand, shouting and cursing about the "Mormons," in a loud voice said to Joseph F.: "Are you a 'Mormon'?" And the answer came straight, "Yes, siree; dyed in the wool; true blue, through and through." At that the ruffian grasped him by the hand and said: "Well, you are the ______ pleasantest man I ever met! Shake hands, young fellow, I am glad to see a man that stands up for his convictions." Edited by Jack M. Lyon, Linda Ririe Gundry, Jay A. Parry, Best-Loved Stories of the LDS People, Vol. 1, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998], 50) h3. Activity: Have one person start by saying "I am going to stand for truth and righteousness when I am at __________." They fill in the blank with somewhere that begins with an A, such as the airport. The next person repeats the phrase, filling in the blank with something that begins with a B. Keep taking turns until you have used all the letters in the alphabet. (Examples: bathroom, school, zoo, etc.) h3. Refreshment Melanie's Baked Apples 1 package Pillsbury crescent rolls 2 apples, peeled, quartered, and cored 1/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 (12-ounce) can lemon-lime soda Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out one crescent roll for each apple piece. (You can roll out the crescent roll with a drinking glass if you don't have a rolling pin.) Then wrap the dough around the apple quarters. Pinch the seams closed as much as possible. (It's fine if there are exposed pieces of apple.) Place each apple bundle seam-side down in a baking dish. Pour melted butter over the apple bundles. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then sprinkle the mixture over the buttered apples. Pour half of the lemon-lime soda over the mixture. (You can drink or discard the rest.) Bake until browned and bubbly, about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Serves 8. (Clark L. and Kathryn H. Kidd, 52 Weeks of Recipes for Students, Missionaries, and Nervous Cooks, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], 54.)
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