What is integrity? What can I do to have it?

Joseph B. Wirthlin

From “Personal Integrity,” Ensign, May 1990, 30–33.


Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some of his thoughts on this subject.

What is integrity? What can I do to have it?

To me, integrity means always doing what is right and good, regardless of the immediate consequences. It means being righteous … , not only in our actions but, more importantly, in our thoughts and in our hearts.

We show our integrity by caring for and serving others.

The Lord expects us to live lives of integrity and to be obedient to his commandments.

Let us strive for personal, practical integrity in every endeavor, regardless of how mundane or inconsequential it may seem.

Having received the Spirit of Christ to know good from evil, we should always choose the good.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passed away on December 1, 2008, at age 91. You can learn more about his life in next month’s Friend.

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