Young Men Lesson 42: Honesty

by | Oct. 17, 2012

Young Men

Discussion Questions
• Why is it better to commit now to always be honest, rather than waiting until temptation arises?
• What blessings does the Lord give to those who are honest?

Share the following excerpt from "I Believe in Being Honest and True," a talk by Sister Ann M Dibb from April 2011 General Conference:

When we are honest in all things, big and small, we experience peace of mind and a clear conscience. Our relationships are enriched because they are based on trust. And the greatest blessing that comes from being honest is that we are able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

I would like to share a simple story that has strengthened my commitment to be honest in all things:

“A man … went one evening to steal corn from a neighbor’s field. He took his little boy with him to sit on the fence and keep a look-out, so as to give warning in case any one should come along. The man jumped over the fence with a large bag on his arm, and before commencing to take the corn he looked all around, first one way and then the other, and not seeing any person, he was just about to fill his bag. … [The boy then called out]:

“‘Father, there is one way you haven’t looked yet! … You forgot to look up.’” 6

When we are tempted to be dishonest, and this temptation comes to all of us, we may suppose that no one will ever know. This story reminds us that our Heavenly Father always knows, and we are ultimately accountable to Him. This knowledge helps me continually strive to live up to this commitment: “[I] believe in being honest.”

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