Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Ugly Truth


1. Purchase a container of chocolate syrup
2. Print clip art and Mormon Ad to display
3. Prepare Dirt Pie for the treat
4. Have paper towels or baby wipes close by.

Psalm 34:13

Opening Song:
I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus

Object Lesson~
1- Start off with putting your family in a circle. Squirt some chocolate sauce in one childs hand, ask them to grab hold of another member of your families hand. When everyone in the family has chocolate sauce on their hands, explain that this is similar to talking about someone. It can start out as innocent or only telling the truth, but the more people that know, the more the story can get changed and become dirty.

2-Play an old fashioned game of telephone. Tell a member of your family a secret and ask them to spread it along. When the last person has be told, ask them to tell you what they heard. See if it matches with what the starting message was.

Read the story using clip art~
Heather Kirby, “Girlfriends and Gossip,” Friend, Sep 2008, 40–42
(Based on a true story)Let us oft speak kind words to each other (Hymns, no. 232).

“Hurry, Heather, or you’ll miss the bus.” Mom handed me a granola bar. “I guess that’s breakfast.”

“My bus driver won’t let us eat on the bus, but he eats all the time,” I grumbled. “And he doesn’t need to—he’s a big guy!”

Mom frowned. “Heather …”

“Oh.” I blinked. “That wasn’t very nice, was it?”

Mom shook her head. “Sometimes you say unkind things without thinking. You need to be careful.”

On the bus, I looked for my best friend, Amber, at her stop, but only her little sister Rachel got on.
“Where’s Amber?” I asked.

“She’s sick,” Rachel said, lisping. “Can I sit here?”

“I guess,” I said, sliding over. Rachel was always hanging around Amber and me. She was all right, but Amber was my best friend, not her. Rachel was a little different, with her thick glasses and funny way of talking.

At recess, I played dodgeball with my friends, but I missed Amber. Then I noticed the new girl, Megan. She stood at the edge of the playground. I walked up to her. “Do you want to play dodgeball with us?”

After school, when Megan and I got on the same bus, we sat together. I told her about the other kids.

“That’s Carlos. He’s the smartest kid in our grade—but I beat him in reading! Over there are Caitlin and Jessica. They live on my street. And that’s Matt. He plays soccer.”
“Who’s that with the glasses?” Megan asked.

“That’s Rachel. She’s my best friend’s little sister.” I paused. “She has a speech impediment.”


“She talks funny. But she’s going to a class to help her.”

“Nice glasses.” Megan snickered. “I’ve never seen them so thick.”

I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. Sure, Rachel sometimes annoyed me when Amber and I were playing, but she was a nice girl. And now Megan was making fun of her.

I changed the subject. We talked about other things, and soon I forgot about Rachel and the sinking feeling I’d had.

The next day, I was happy to see Amber back at school.

“I know how to make dodgeball even better,” she said at recess. “When you get out, you have to sing a silly song and do a dance.” She demonstrated for us.

“I can see that weirdness runs in your family,” Megan said, laughing as she turned to me. She seemed to expect me to laugh too.

“What are you talking about?” Amber asked. “You don’t even know my family.”

Megan smiled, but it wasn’t a nice smile. “Heather said your sister is retarded!”

My mouth fell open.

“Heather is my best friend,” Amber cried. “She wouldn’t say that!”

“Well, she did. Ask her!” Megan smirked.

Everyone looked at me. “I didn’t say that,” I whispered, “but I did say that she talked funny.”

Amber’s face fell. I glanced down, not wanting to see her hurt expression. “I shouldn’t have, though,” I added quickly. “It doesn’t matter. Rachel’s great!”

“My sister’s not retarded,” Amber said to Megan. “But even if she were, it wouldn’t be nice to make fun of her.”

Megan folded her arms. “Fine. Let’s just play.”

As everyone lined up, I turned to Amber. “I’m sorry.”

“It’s OK,” she said. But her smile didn’t quite reach her eyes.

After school, Mom asked, “Why so glum, Heather?”

“I think I did something wrong. I was telling a new girl about people, and I said Rachel talked funny. Amber found out, and it made her sad. I don’t know why I said it, Mom. But it wasn’t like I was lying!”

“Oh, Heather.” Mom sat across from me. “Yes, Rachel has a speech impediment. But that doesn’t have to be the first thing you say about her.”

“It’s not even an important thing about Rachel,” I agreed.

“Do you know what gossip is?” Mom asked.

“Not exactly.”

“It’s when you talk about people when they’re not around,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if the things you say are true or not. They don’t need to be said.”

I thought about that as I went to my room to do homework. When I got there, a hymn popped into my head. I ran and grabbed a hymnbook, opening it to “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words” (Hymns, no. 232).

I’d always liked the song because in the first verse it has the word heather—like my name. But I realized I should have paid more attention to the part about speaking kind words to—and about—each other. Rachel was a good person, and my friend, and it didn’t matter if she had a speech impediment. I decided that when I talked about a person, I would focus on her good qualities.

Later, at Amber’s house, after we had decided to dress up as movie stars, I noticed Rachel peeking around the door.

“Let’s not forget Rachel,” I said, opening the door and throwing my arm around her. “It’s always more fun with you!”

Rachel beamed at me, and when Amber smiled it lit up her whole face.
“Use language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others.”

As with the story, sometimes things we may hear or say are true. But when we talk about others, we are still gossiping. Once we say something about someone else it can never be taken back.

Heavenly Father is disappointed in us when we talk about others. He wants us to look for the good in everyone. Gossiping only hurts innocent people because most of the time what is said isn't true.

Dirt Pie
1 large bag oreo cookies 1 c. 10x sugar
1/2 stick softened butter 1 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding 3 1/2 c. milk
1 (12 oz.) container cool whip

Chop Oreo cookies in food processor until cookies look like dirt. Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Blend pudding, milk and Cool Whip together.
Combine pudding and cream cheese mixture together until lumps are smooth. In 9 X 13 pan, layer cookie mixture then pudding mixture, leaving enough cookie mixture for the top. Decorate with gummy worms on top.


Karin said...

LOVE this one!
We will be camping this weekend with my family...I will be using this for the Sunday Morning Devotional!
Thanks Tracy for all your hard work with this blog!
It sure does make it easier for me to follow the prophet and hold FHE in our home!