Being Respectful and Honest

by | Sep. 01, 2006


Respectful Body

Show how children can be respectful and reverent in church by highlighting different body parts (use cut-outs on a board or a child). For example, hands and arms are folded during prayer, feet and legs walk quietly and remain still, ears listen to lessons and music, heads bow during prayers and think about Heavenly Father and Jesus, eyes watch the speaker, and lips speak quietly, smile, and pray.


Hold a magnet over some paperclips, tacks, or nails. Explain that showing respect to teachers and leaders is a way for us to show the Lord we love and appreciate them. Tell your kids to pretend the Lord has a magnet and whenever we want to say something in class we can pretend our hands are like the paperclips and shoot straight up toward the invisible magnet God is holding. This also works to explain supporting our Church leaders by raising our hand to sustain them.

Unlabeled Can

Take the label off of a can of fruit or vegetables, and even add a dent or two. Ask your family to guess at what’s inside. Explain that in order to really know what’s inside, we’d have to open the can. Similarly, we can’t really label people without knowing them. Therefore, it is important to respect everyone, no matter what they are on the outside, and then get to know them on the inside.

Respect for All

Constantine was a Roman emperor. He made good decisions by observing the mistakes of former leaders. He wanted people to feel safe and to be treated respectfully. Constantine made laws that allowed slaves to be treated well and remain with their families.

Most of all, he respected the Christians for their strong faith. During this time, Christians were persecuted by the pagans. However, Constantine was impressed with their loyalty and organization, and he wanted them on his side. To gain their support he gave them religious freedom and the opportunity to worship as they pleased. He set Sunday as a day of rest and also banned crucifixion. Right before his death, he became a Christian himself.

It is important to respect everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.


Being honest with the Lord and our fellow man will help in gaining trust and friendship in others. If we are honest, our family and friends can depend on us in times of need.

Chewing Gum

Use sticks of bubblegum to represent a lie. Give one to each member of the family. The flavor of the gum eventually runs out and they must put another piece in, then another, and another. Pretty soon, they have so much gum it’s hard to even talk! How do you get rid of lies? If you swallow the gum, it stays with you. The only way to get rid of this bad habit is to repent—and spit it out!

Spool of Thread

Wrap some thread once around two fingers. Ask the person who’s tied to break the thread, which he or she will probably be able to do easily. Being dishonest can become a habit. Wind the thread around many times, talking about how telling a lie, stealing, hiding the truth, etc. is being dishonest. Ask the person to break the threads now, which will be difficult for them, and set a goal to not let dishonest habits bind you.

Broken Wire

Place two flags at each end of an unwound coat hanger. Label one flag “honesty” and the other, “trustworthy.” Have someone bend the wire back and forth, explaining that bending the wire is like bending the truth or telling little white lies. The wire was strong at first, but lie after lie made it weaker until it broke. Little white lies will eventually disconnect us from a reputation of being trustworthy, making it hard for our friends and family members to depend on us.

Cheat Sheets

J. Ballard Washburn, a general authority and president for the Las Vegas Nevada Temple, showed a great deal of honesty while attending medical school. One exam day, the students took out cheat sheets once the professor had left the room.

J. Ballard Washburn stood up in the back of the room and said, "I left my hometown and put my wife and three little babies in an upstairs apartment and worked very hard to get into medical school. And I’ll turn in the first one of you who cheats, and you better believe it"

Immediately, the students bore sheepish faces and put their cheat sheets away. This courageous and honest man was part of one of the largest graduating classes in the school’s history, and became a respected physician.

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