This lesson on Choice & Accountability is the first in an 8-part FHE series featuring the Young Women's values. Get the other 7 lessons here.
Song: “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” (Oct. 1993 Friend magazine)
Focus: Value Experience #3
Color Meaning: Purple is a royal color. The dye was very hard to come by in past ages and was costly to produce so only people of royal birth (Kings and Queens) could afford to wear the cloth of this color. It came to represent royalty. We are of royal birth...daughters of Heavenly Father. Someday, if we live worthily, we will be princesses and Queens. We must have integrity to do that. If we have integrity we have all the other values as well.
Read the following quote from President Faust, then read the color meaning of integrity:
"Integrity is the light that shines from a disciplined conscience."
What is integrity and how does it relate to royalty? Do members of royalty need to keep their promises? Do they need to make good decisions that make them trustworthy and respected? We, as descendants of heavenly royalty, should hold ourselves to the same standards.
Read 3 Nephi 11:10–11 The Savior was always an example of integrity, keeping His promises and serving those around Him. Read the following examples of integrity from the scriptures and discuss them. Use pictures from the Gospel Art Library to help younger children visualize the stories. Suggested questions are listed below each story.
• Joseph flees from Potiphar’s Wife: Genesis 39
How did Joseph show integrity? Why is it important to have integrity even when nobody else believes you?
• Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refuse to worship a golden image: Daniel 3
Do your friends have the same standard of integrity that you do? How does that help you maintain your integrity when you are faced with a difficult decision?
• Daniel and the Lion’s Den: Daniel 6
What happened when Daniel showed integrity? How did Daniel’s act of integrity influence the King? How can our own integrity influence those around us?
• Joseph Smith refuses to deny his testimony: Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25
What can we learn from Joseph Smith’s example of integrity? Will everyone always notice and appreciate our integrity?
After discussing the stories, invite family members to share testimonies or stories of times when they showed integrity, even if it wasn’t easy.
* For those completing the value experience, also read The Book of Esther, Job 2:3 & 27:3–6, Acts 26, and Doctrine and Covenants 124:15. Record in your Personal Progress journal the ways that the people in these stories demonstrated integrity. Also make sure to record an example of a time that you showed integrity when it wasn’t easy.