Quotes on Integrity
I have been asked what I mean by word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls – walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground – there is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first! (Karl G. Maeser) — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Oh, Lord, Keep My Rudder True,” p. 13; also Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, August 1995, p. 21
The Lord expects us to live lives of integrity and to be obedient to his commandments. He said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46.) On another occasion, he said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)
A little lying, a little cheating, or taking a little unfair advantage are not acceptable to the Lord. (See 2 Ne. 28:8–9.) The scriptures warn that these are Satan’s ways to lead us “carefully down to [destruction].” (2 Ne. 28:21)
To Saints of the Restoration, the Savior said, “For of him unto whom much is given much is required.” (D&C 82:3) Church members have been given much, indeed: the gospel of Jesus Christ. That blessing carries a risk. We have been warned, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17) — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Personal Integrity,” Ensign, May 1990, p. 30
Complete and constant integrity is a great law of human conduct. There need to be some absolutes in life. There are some things that should not ever be done, some lines that should never be crossed, vows that should never be broken, words that should never be spoken, and thoughts that should never be entertained.
Yet there is a place for mercy, for equity, and for forgiveness. When we have been less than we ought to be and have fallen below our own standards, we can have newfound resolve and strength by forsaking our weakness. — President James E. Faust, “Integrity, the Mother of Many Virtues,” Ensign, May 1982, p. 47
To me, integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. It means being righteous from the very depth of our soul, not only in our actions but, more importantly, in our thoughts and in our hearts. Personal integrity implies such trustworthiness and incorruptibility that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Personal Integrity,” Ensign, May 1990, p. 30
People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach. And the Savior stands as the finest example. — Elder David A. Bednar, “Be Honest,” New Era, October 2005, p. 7
Honesty is the basis of a true Christian life. For Latter-day Saints, honesty is an important requirement for entering the Lord’s holy temple. Honesty is embedded in the covenants that we make in the temple. Each Sunday as we partake of the holy emblems of the Savior’s flesh and blood, we again renew our basic and sacred covenants – which encompass honesty. As Latter-day Saints we have a sacred obligation to not only teach the principles of honesty, but also to live them. . . . Honesty should be among the most fundamental values that govern our everyday living.
When we are true to the sacred principles of honesty and integrity, we are true to our faith, and we are true to ourselves. — Elder Richard C. Edgley, Ensign, November 2006, p. 74
The foundation of a noble character is integrity. By this virtue the strength of a nation, as of an individual, may be judged. No nation can ever become truly great, and win the confidence of other peoples, which to further its own selfish ends will, for example, consider an honorable treaty as “a mere scrap of paper.” No nation will become great whose trusted officers will pass legislation for personal gain, who will take advantage of a public office for personal preferment, or to gratify vain ambition, or who will, through forgery, chicanery, and fraud, rob the government or be false in office to a public trust. Honesty, sincerity of purpose, must be the dominant traits of character in leaders of a nation that would be truly great. — President David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1943
Two great virtues . . . give a man power with the heavens – integrity and purity of character. Let a man possess these, let his heart be true and unflinching, let his life be pure, and, if we add to these humility, he is protected against a multitude of weaknesses and can resist a host of temptations. We all have our weaknesses; God has permitted them that we might be taught humility in ourselves and charity towards others. —Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 105