Thursday, July 5, 2012

Honesty Sharing time


Honesty Sharing time-
 
Honesty is telling the truth regardless of consequences

July 2102 Week 4

Today we are going to talk about honesty.

Hmmm.  There is a purse here.(Show the purse)  Does this belong to anyone? (Note attached).  Look here is a note.  It says “Open me to learn a story about honesty”.  Let’s open it! 
(Read from note, paraphrased from original:)  “I recall riding a train in Japan.  At the station were friends to greet us, and in the excitement my wife left her purse on the train. We called the Tokyo station to report it.  When the train arrived... three hours later, the railroad telephoned to say the purse was there. ...and more than a month passed before it was delivered to us in Salt Lake City.  Everything left in the purse was there when it was returned.”  This is a true story given by the former prophet Gordon B. Hinckley., (“We Believe in Being Honest” Ensign Oct 1990 http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/10/we-believe-in-being-honest?lang=eng&query=railroad)
Why do you think the purse had all the money in it when they finally got it back more than a month later?  Someone was honest! Someone made the right decision not to steal, lie or cheat another.  We are going to learn about what honesty means and build an honesty train. (Honesty train taken, enlarged on red, yellow and blue construction paper from Friend Jan 1987 “Sharing time: Be Honest” http://www.lds.org/friend/1987/01/sharing-time-be-honest?lang=eng)
Pay attention because the information will be used later in a game. Let’s start with the engine-
What is the first letter of the word honesty? “H” H is for “Honoring Your word.” (instructor puts “H” engine on board as talking) Being honest means that you will do what you say you are going to.
Honesty train taken, enlarged on red, yellow and blue construction paper from Friend Jan 1987 “Sharing time: Be Honest” http://www.lds.org/friend/1987/01/sharing-time-be-honest?lang=eng)
What’s the next letter in honesty. “O” right! (instructor puts up “O” train car next to engine)  “O” stands for “OBEY THE LAW”  We are honest when we obey the laws of our God and the laws or rules of our country.
Next letter is, “N”- (instructor puts up “N” train car next to the others) “N” is for “NEVER CHEAT”   We should be honest and always do our own work and never copy or steal others’ ideas.

Next letter is, “E” (instructor puts up “E” train car next to the others)   “EVERYONE’S PROPERTY DESERVES RESPECT”.  Being honest is treating others’ things with care.

Next letter is, “S”(put up “S” train car next to the others) “STAND FOR THE RIGHT” Being honest with yourself and stand up for what you believe to be true.

Next letter is, “T” (child put up “S” train car next to the others) “TELL THE TRUTH” Tell what really happened at ALL times. Even if it means that you may get in trouble and have negative consequences.
Next letter, “Y”(put up “Y” train car next to the others) If you have honesty, “YOU CAN BE TRUSTED” by other people.  They will believe you and won’t doubt that you are telling the truth.

(Show a toy train track with switch point)
President Hinckley recalled while working for the railroad, “a careless employee pulled a lever and threw a small switch that moved a track only three inches but resulted in sending the baggage car of a passenger train 1,400 MILES off course.” (President Hinckley Counsels the youth in Colorado. June 1996 News of the church),http://www.lds.org/ensign/1996/06/news-of-the-church/president-hinckley-counsels-colorado-youth?lang=eng&query=railroad)
So if we make a bad choice and tell even one lie, it can send us off our track in another direction and away from our Heavenly Father.
So now we are going to guide this train through the Honesty Railroad safely. Be careful because there are switch points like in the story of President Hinckley that can send you off course into dishonesty. We don’t want that! We Choo-choose to be honest! Each question will match one of the honesty trait train cars that we discussed earlier. There may be more than one train car match for the questions and that is ok!
Train maze was enlarged from http://www.mazecreator.com/gal/TrainTrackSignalSampleColor.gif
Honesty questions on the back of the “on course”  railroad crossing signs
Train taken from Oct 2003 Friend p.2 "The Little Engine that Could"
http://www.lds.org/churchmagazines/2003/Oct2003Friend.pdf
I did add some text boxes that spell "honesty"
Railroad crossing signs were printed on yellow construction paper and taken from http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/68200/68226/68226_488_W10-1_b_md.gif
(questions developed  from Pat Graham, “Sharing Time: Be Honest,” Friend, Jan. 1987, 40)
Jodie went into her sister’s room and took her homework
and ripped it into tiny pieces and pretended it was snowing in her room.
Which train car could this go with and what should Jodie do now?
(She didn’t Respect Everyone’s Property, did she?)

Harry’s friends are on the playground and one of them has a pack
of cigarettes that he said he found on his way to school. His friend
says that he sees his dad smoke them and thinks they are cool.
Which train car could this go with and what should Harry do?
(He should Stand for the Right and say no)


The traffic light is turning red, but your family is late for a meeting.
Which train car could this go with and what should your family do?
(Obey the Law and not go through red lights)


You have a spelling test tomorrow, but you want to watch your
favorite TV show. You arrive to school, not prepared to take the test,
but your best friend knows how to spell each word. Which train car
could this go with and what should you do?
(Never Cheat, do your own test)

Carrie wants to play a game, but her mom asked her to clean up her room and
do her homework before playing. She said she would, but wants to play first.
Her mom asks her if she is done cleaning up her room and doing her
homework.  Which train car could this go with and what should Carrie do?
(She should Honor her Word and do what she was asked)


You tell your mom every day that your stomach hurts and that you can’t go
to school. Today your stomach really hurts and you feel sick. Which train
car could this go with and what should you do to be honest?
(Tell the truth, or your mom won’t believe you when you really ARE sick)


Tom is walking to school and knows he should use the crosswalk to cross
the street, but it a block out of his way and takes time and it would be
easier to just cross the street. There aren’t any cars coming, he thought.
Which train car could this go with and what should Tom do to be honest?
(Obey the law)


 Tell of a time when you honored your word and were honest to someone and how you felt?

On the back of the “off course” railroad signs


(In case, the kids make a wrong turn on the maze, or if time permits, you could read a few “what if we went this way” I wanted to have SOMETHING on those spots!)
Each lie, each deception, each act of dishonesty combines to create a monster that can destroy your character and your life.” (Taken from President Howard W. Hunter. “Be Honest with Yourself”  New Era July 2003 http://www.lds.org/new-era/2003/07/be-honest-with-yourself?lang=eng)  Go back!  “If the truth is what I tell, I will never fail” (Taken from Sharing time Outline 2012 July theme week 4)
Dishonesty- “…, it may affect your whole life. You will have a hard time living it down. It will be difficult for you to forget about it because it will be engraved upon your conscience.” (Taken from President Howard W. Hunter. “Be Honest with Yourself” New Era July 2003 http://www.lds.org/new-era/2003/07/be-honest-with-yourself?lang=eng)  Go back!  “If the truth is what I tell, I will never fail”

Dishonesty- “… it will affect others in many ways. The lie can reach not only that person… but can extend to your friends, your relatives, your loved ones, and persons you may never see.” . (Taken from President Howard W. Hunter. New Era July 2003 http://www.lds.org/new-era/2003/07/be-honest-with-yourself?lang=eng)  Go back!  “If the truth is what I tell, I will never fail”

Dishonesty-“… it affects your relationship to the Savior. It closes the channel of communication and shuts out light from your life.” (Taken from President Howard W. Hunter. New Era July 2003 http://www.lds.org/new-era/2003/07/be-honest-with-yourself?lang=eng) Go back!  “If the truth is what I tell, I will never fail”
When we are dishonest, we lose the companionship of the Holy Ghost and feel very sad.  Go back.  “If the truth is what I tell, I will never fail” (Taken from Sharing time Outline 2012 July theme week 4 http://www.lds.org/friend/1996/10/sharing-time-honest-and-truthful-at-all-times?lang=eng&query=sharing+time+honest)

I know when we are honest, it helps us stay on the right track to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  In the name of Jesus Christ amen.
     You can find a copy of the file named "train honesty board" at my Skydrive: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=976904c8bfc9a79e&sc=documents&id=976904C8BFC9A79E%21105) Number the pages as you print or else assembling can get confusing. It takes a few minutes to put together the puzzle maze!


10 comments:

  1. Do you have the train pieces? Where did you find them? Thanks for all you do!

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  2. Thank you so, so much for sharing your ideas! You are so talented. Much appreciated!

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  3. I am so impressed with your wonderful and creative ideas! Thank you so very much for sharing with all of us...especially those of us who have a difficult time creatively teaching!

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  4. Holly KurtzebornJuly 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    This is such a wonderful idea! I love the train and all the different ways it illustates honesty! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. I love this! I'm just a little confused on how to play the game. They just follow the path and when they come to a railroad crossing they read it and choose where to go next? Then if they chose the wrong way one of the dishonesty quotes is on the back of the rx? A

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  6. I've been using your wonderful ideas for a month now. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. Our children in our ward have benefited so much from the wonderful Sharing Times you have created. Thanks again for sharing your time and talent with us.
    Shauna
    myshaenoel.blogspot.com

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  8. This is the most darling sharing time! My Juniors will love it! I can't wait!

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  9. I used your lesson today. it went beautifully! thank you for sharing your talents and creativity. each segment transitioned so perfectly into the next and explained well the VAST concept of honestly. thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love all of your ideas! Thanks again for another winner.

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