Building Integrity


Integrity. You may not be quite sure what the word means, but you know you’re supposed to have it.

Having integrity actually means making your actions consistent with your beliefs. It means having the courage to do what is right, even when no one is watching. It means being honest with yourself. For example, Joseph showed personal integrity by resisting the advances of Potiphar’s wife. He did the right thing in a difficult situation. (See Gen. 39:7–12.)

Each time you do what is right, your personal integrity increases. Here are some ways you can practice integrity:

  • If you have a job, put in an honest hour of work for each hour of pay.

  • If you promise to be somewhere at a certain time, be there.

  • Return what you borrow (see Mosiah 4:28).

  • Keep your promises. Do what you say you will do.

  • Refrain from criticizing others. Don’t listen to or repeat gossip.

  • Be dependable. Do your chores and schoolwork without being reminded.

  • Honor all laws, including speed limits and seat belt laws.

  • Be honest in your schoolwork. Never cheat.

  • Admit when you are wrong. Apologize to anyone you may have hurt.

  • Be responsible with your money.

  • When mistakes are made in your favor (at a store, bank, and so on) correct them as soon as possible.

  • Be truthful. Avoid even little white lies and half-truths. Speak up when your silence might allow someone to believe something that is not true.

  • Never let anyone persuade you to do something you know is wrong.

  • Read Mosiah 18:8–10. During the sacrament and throughout the week, remind yourself to keep these promises you made at baptism.

[illustration] Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, by Del Parson