Monday, February 9, 2009

Lying and Honesty

it's been forever since i posted here. if you don't know, I've been called as the 1st councilor for the primary and have been working out the details in this calling since September 08. it keeps me busy.
what i want to post today is a paper that my son wrote. it's an assignment that i handed him in an act of creative parenting. I'm searching for an answer for the child that lies...this seemed good at the time.

Lying and Honesty by Dante Washington

Liars live in fear of the law, and lie to stay out of trouble. Liars get punished. Alma 1:17 says "Never the less, they durst not lie, if it were known, for fear of the law, for liars were punished. therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief; and now the law could have no power on any man for his belief." The worst lie is when you lie to God but no matter how scared you are you must always tell the truth especially after lying to God. Jacob 7:19 says "And he said: i fear lest i have committed the unpardonable sin, for i have lied unto God; for i denied the Christ, and said that i believed the scriptures; and they truly testified of him. and because i have thus lied unto God i greatly fear lest my case shall be awful but i confess unto God." anyone who has lied and has not repented will be excluded. D&C 42:21 says "thou shalt not lie: he that lieth and will not repent shall be cast out. when you lie you are being tempted by Satan, who will lead you astray. Moses 4:4 says "and he became Satan yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as may as would not hearken unto my voice."
People who are honest are blessed and are excepted by Heavenly Father. D&C 97:8 says "verily i say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice- yea, every sacrifice which i, the Lord, shall command- they are accepted of me." lies are an abomination to the Lord, but he enjoys the truth. Proverbs 12:22 says "Lying lips are abomination to the lord; but they that deal truly are his delight." the Lord will provide you with knowledge or advice, or food, if you are honest. 2 Corinthians 8:21 says "providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men" when you tell the truth you can be greatly rewarded and you won't get in nearly as much trouble as you would if you lied. Proverbs 16:13 says "Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right." when you are honest you should not lie or not keep a promise. Alma 7:20 says "I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his work, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore his course is one eternal round.

lets hope this sunk in.