Thursday, January 24, 2008

Maintaining Integrity

I have had a lot of thoughts and questions about Integrity brought on by the Media's coverage of the Presidential campaign. I've questioned candidates and taken time to look inwared. Am I maintaining my Integrity?

"Integrity means always doing what is right, 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 that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant.

We all have within us the ability to know what is right and good. Having received the Spirit of Christ to know good from evil, we should always choose the good. We need not be misled, even though fraud, deception, deceit, and duplicity often seem to be acceptable in our world. Lying, stealing, and cheating are commonplace[You Can say that again]. Integrity, a firm adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards, is essential to the life of a true Latter-day Saint.
The rewards of integrity are immeasurable. One is the indescribable inner peace and serenity that come from knowing we are doing what is right; another is an absence of the guilt and anxiety that accompany sin."
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Priceless Integrity”

To be continued...


Stephanie said...

LOVE this entry. With the adversary coming at us from every angle, maintaining integrity can be a struggle - but one worth making! I love what Ardeth G. Kapp said, "We are blessed with a cleansing of our thoughts through our covenants." This gives Latter-day Saints such an advantage! If we are mindful of those covenants it is all the easier to maintain that integrity. It is a beautiful gospel of freedom!

Seth said...

So the reason you don't get many comments from me is because I feel like I can't really say anything because your post says it all! You can really write about whatever you want and it's amazing. But onto your post about integrity. I think people should be measured by their integrity, instead of the way the world wants to view you by the way you look or how good you are at something. If you could see peoples intregity "level" in their face or by the way they looked, I don't think there would be many attractive people in the world. Anyways, I think if I just read this post everyday, and try to hold my intregity, I'll be happy for a while!

JAMIE COOK~ said...

I think there are different ways of maintaining integrity. You put that it is ALWAYS choosing what is right.
I know, I make bad decisions on a daily basis. My reaction to what people say, just little things that make me I doing all i need to?

H-less E-less said...

Hey it wasn't me who said Always, but Elder Wirthlin. I think we can maintain integrity by trying to always do what's right. Certainly part of having Integrity is being able to recognize and repent of our sins, being honest with ourselves and God.

Amanda said...

I've been thinking about this subject a lot lately--but more from the perspective of doing what I said I was going to do, which I guess is doing what's right. I've noticed I tend to put Kallie off sometimes and then forget to follow through on something with her. So--I've been thinking that integrity in my relationship with my daughter means that I keep my word...even if she is only 2 and it is only fruit snacks! :)