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Integrity of Heart

Reinforces this week’s study: Doctrine & Covenants 124
“A House Unto My Name”


Doctrine & Covenants 124:15

“And again, verily I say unto you, blessed is my servant…; for I, the Lord, love him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right before me, saith the Lord.”


I Love to See the Temple, Children’s Songbook page 95


After escaping Missouri, the Saints found a place to settle in Illinois. It was a swampy place, but they named it “Nauvoo” which means “beautiful” in Hebrew. They drained the swamps and began to build their city. In a revelation through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord told the Saints to build a safe, comfortable boarding house for visitors to the city. Although the Saints had been treated poorly, the Lord encouraged them to welcome others into their city. 

The Lord also commanded the Saints to build a new temple in Nauvoo. In the temple, the Saints would be able to perform sacred ordinances, such as baptisms for the dead, washings, and anointings. 

In this revelation, the Lord also spoke specifically to several individuals, including Hyrum Smith, Joseph’s older brother. The Lord said that He loved them and trusted them because of the integrity of their hearts. He promised them many blessings if they would continue to do the work and receive the counsel of the Lord.


“I love both ancient and modern-day scriptures that use the phrase ‘integrity of heart’ when describing a righteous person’s character. Integrity or the lack of integrity is a fundamental element of one’s character. Men who have ‘integrity of heart’ are men to be trusted—because trust is built on integrity. Being a man of integrity simply means your intentions, as well as your actions, are pure and righteous in all aspects of your life, both in public and in private.” Richard J. Maynes


  • What does it mean to have “integrity of heart”?
  • How can we show integrity in our lives? 
  • Why did the Lord ask the Saints to build a boarding house?
  • Why did the Lord ask the Saints to build a new temple?
  • How can having integrity help us be prepared to enter the temple?

Activity idea:

Building Temples

The Saints had to prepare themselves to build and enter the new temple. Learn what we can do to be prepared to enter the temple with this activity.

Treat idea:

Integrity Hearts

These raspberry filled hearts will remind your family to let your heart be full of integrity and love.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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