“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (Articles of Faith 13)
At church, every two years i am asked to account for my own worthiness to enter the Lord’s temples. I request an interview with a member of the Bishopric, this year i happen to speak to the Bishop.
One of the questions that is asked by the Bishop is ‘Are you honest with your fellowman?’ It is a question that should make all members of the church pause for thought. What does it mean to be honest? Of course, we can only answer for ourselves. However, forever myself i believe that there is a sometimes a very fine line between being honest and being kind or being mean. This is because we are encouraged to speak the truth in all things…but am i really going to tell my friend that the dress she just bought, looks awful? Although, we should speak the truth to those around us, it is important that we do so with an outpouring of love too.
But, we can be honest in the little things; not taken more of something that we need, not taking something that is not ours, making sure we pay for goods in full – even if the cashier makes a mistake, not gossiping or telling lies about another person, not doing something just to be hurtful or spiteful, not stealing, not cheating, not working less hours than we are paid for or claiming payments for services we did not give in full.
Only we can decide if we are honest with our fellowman and it is only ourselves that will need to answer before God if we are not.
I once asked a Bishop what he would do if he knew someone was not being honest when they answered the questions; his reply was, he would issue the temple recommend anyway as it was between that person and the Lord and he was only the Lord’s servant.