FHE Idea: Be True-Lessons from Pres. Hinckley

Start out sharing this quote with your group. Ask them to fill in the blanks with their best guesses:

“Where ________ & _________ are present, other virtues follow.”

After several guesses, tell them the answer which is a quote by Gordon B. Hinckley: “Where honesty & integrity are present, other virtues follow.” (Standing For Something, p. 25)

Ask the group why these virtues are so important. Ask the question, “If everyone was honest, what would the world be like?” Have a discussion about this question talking about how honesty impacts communication, finances, morality, etc. and how many problems would disappear.

Share this excerpt from Pres. Hinckley’s talk “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth” (Nov 2000.)

“Said Shakespeare, “To thine own self be true; and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man” (Hamlet, I, iii, 78–81). You have a tremendous inheritance. You have a great background of noble ancestry. Many of you are descendants of the pioneers, who died by the hundreds and thousands in testimony of the truth of this work. If they were to look down upon you, they would plead with you: “Be true. Be loyal. Be ‘true to the faith that our parents have cherished, true to the truth for which martyrs have perished.’ ” They would say, “Faith of our fathers, holy faith, we will be true to thee till death” (Hymns, numbers 254 and 84).

“And those of you who may not be descended from pioneer ancestry, you belong to a church which has been made strong by the loyalty and unwavering affection of its members through the generations. What a marvelous thing it is to belong to a society whose purposes are noble, whose accomplishments are tremendous, whose work is uplifting, even heroic. Be loyal to the Church under all circumstances. I make you a promise that the authorities of this Church will never lead you astray. They will lead you in paths of happiness.

“You who are members of this Church must have a loyalty to it. This is your church. You have as great a responsibility in your sphere of action as I have in my sphere of action. It belongs to you just as it belongs to me. You have embraced its gospel. You have taken upon yourselves a covenant in the waters of baptism. This you have renewed each time you have partaken of the sacrament. These covenants will be added to when you are married in the temple. You cannot hold them lightly. They are too great a thing. This is the very work of God designed to bring about the immortality and eternal life of His sons and daughters.

“Walk in faith before Him with your heads high, proud of your membership in this great cause and kingdom which He has restored to the earth in this, the last dispensation of the fulness of times. Why? To bring you happiness.

“Be true to your own convictions. You know what is right, and you know what is wrong. You know when you are doing the proper thing. You know when you are giving strength to the right cause. Be loyal. Be faithful. Be true, my beloved associates in this great kingdom.”

How does being true connect to being honest and having integrity?

Finish with this Mormon Message video:

Discuss what this video has to do with honesty and being true to one’s self.

End with your testimony.

For more on this topic including great discussion questions, see Gospel Principles, p. 179.

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