Gossip

Needed:
These printouts (best if on cardstock): Printout 1, Printout 2, Printout 3
Tape
Fastener (or paper clip will work, but won't look as good)

Cut out the safe door on printout 1. Cut out knob and attach to door, over the purple circle, with fastener. Cut out safe on printout 2. Cut out safe and circles in printout 3. Tape safe in printout 2 and 3 together.  Tape the right side of the door to the safe, covering  the white.

Lesson:

Read Doctrine and Covenants 136: 23

What does it mean to speak evil of one another?  Why should we not gossip about others?

In his talk in conference, Elder Kofford, a member of the Seventy, says to "Keep each persons name safe in your home."   What can that mean?

Ask these questions to a person in the family, then let them lock up the persons name in the safe, as a symbol that they won't talk bad about them, and that their name will be safe in your home.

1. (Friend) Your friend John pulled your best friend Jane down from the monkey bars. John said he was sorry. Later your friend Jane was over and saying all kinds of mean things about John. What should you do? How can you make their name safe in our home?

2. (Family) Your brother cheated at school and got in trouble. When your sister came home you couldn't wait to tell her. What should you do? How can you make their name safe in our home?

3. (Neighbor) Your next door neighbor tripped and fell in the snow. She was REALLY embarrassed. you thought it was funny and went to tell your dad. What should you do? How can you make their name safe in our home?

4. (Enemy) The mean boy at school fell in a huge mud puddle. You ran to tell all your friends. What should you do? How can you make their name safe in our home?

Why is it hard not to talk bad about our enemies?

When is it important to tell your parents or teachers something bad about someone?

Set a goal as a family to keep peoples names safe in your home.

Bare your testimony about the importance of not gossiping and how it can hurt others. Share how we will be blessed if we do not talk bad about others.