Photo appears courtesy o’ Mr. Jaunty
Sometime between 1990 and 1992, I was assigned to deliver a little speech to the other children in at church (called a “talk” in the LDS church). Since I was between 5 and 7, my Dad wrote it for me. In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing that talk here:
(Smile Becky, we all love you. Heavenly Father, Jesus, me, your mother, and every one in this class room.)
Honesty is telling the truth and being fair in all that you do.
We should always tell the truth because we want to be happy.
It makes us happier when others tell us the truth.
It makes us happier when we tell others the truth.
It makes every one else happier too.
We should be honest in all the things that we do.
We must always try to be fair to every one in the things that we say and do.
When others are fair with us, we are all happier.
We must not take things that do not belong to us.
We do not like it when others take our things without asking.
Let’s all be honest, so that we can all be happier.
These are some things that Jesus taught, because he wanted us to be happier.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.
EDITOR’S NOTES: Wasn’t that sweet? The original document was typed all in capitals, like Dad’s handwriting, but I didn’t want you to think he was shouting. There was a smiley face sticker at the top of the speech for about 25 years, but it finally fell off, leaving only a discolored circle behind.
Having sat through hundreds of rambling talks during my churchgoing years, I wish more of them had been as clear and concise as Dad’s.