Daily Reminder on Honesty and Integrity: #12 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will be honest with myself, others, and God at all times.

“Do not rationalize that being dishonest is acceptable, even though others may think it does not matter.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until June 21, I, ____________________, will not rationalize that being dishonest is acceptable, even if others think otherwise.

“Cheating in academic work is unprincipled, dishonest, and a form of self-deception and betrayal. No student can hope to ultimately succeed in a career or profession if he or she builds upon a foundation of fraud. Please read carefully the following story told in a session of general conference in 1996 by President James E. Faust:

““A friend related this experience her husband had while attending medical school. ‘Getting into medical school is pretty competitive, and the desire to do well and be successful puts a great deal of pressure on the new incoming freshmen. My husband had worked hard on his studies and went to attend his first examination. The honor system was expected behavior at the medical school. The professor passed out the examination and left the room. Within a short time, students started to pull little cheat papers out from under their papers or from their pockets. My husband recalled his heart beginning to pound as he realized it is pretty hard to compete against cheaters. About that time a tall, lanky student stood up in the back of the room and stated: ‘I left my hometown and put my wife and three little babies in an upstairs apartment and worked very hard to get into medical school. And I’ll turn in the first one of you who cheats, and you better believe it!’ They believed it. There were many sheepish expressions, and those cheat papers started to disappear as fast as they had appeared. He set a standard for the class which eventually graduated the largest group in the school’s history.’”

“The young, lanky medical student who challenged the cheaters was J. Ballard Washburn, who became a respected physician. He also served as a General Authority and as the president of the Las Vegas Nevada Temple. Elder Washburn provides all of us with a powerful example of integrity and honesty with God, of integrity and honesty with himself, and of integrity and honesty with other people.” – Be Honest by David A. Bednar

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Honesty and Integrity section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/honesty-and-integrity/

Ask yourself: “Am I honest in all my conversations and dealings? Yes or no?” Try to think of a way to do better.

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