21 December 2012

Character and Integrity

"Integrity is fundamental to being men. Integrity means being truthful, but it also means accepting responsibility and honoring commitments and covenants... Though he will make some sacrifices and deny himself some pleasures in the course of honoring his commitments, the true man leads a rewarding life. He gives much, but he receives more, and he lives content in the approval of his Heavenly Father." -D Todd Christofferson

I believe the character of a person is a primary element of who they are. 
I believe the lack of character, is also, a primary element of who they are.

Character and integrity are peanut butter and jam; they both coincide perfectly together; for you cannot have one without the other. Character is defined as qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity. Integrity is defined as adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. It has been said that the character of a man is the sum of his actions, and in the words of Elder Richard G. Scott, he says that it is our character that will be evaluated to assess how well we used the privilege of mortality. 

I believe, the character of a person is shown in times of trial. I believe the character of a person is discovered when responsibility is needed. I believe the character of a person is recognized when they treat those around them with love and loyalty. I believe the character of a person comes to light when honesty is required and righteousness is expected.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (who I miss so much) says this: "...personal integrity implies such trustworthiness and incorruptibility that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant."

Character, in this particular case, is strengthened when one can move past unholy vindictiveness. Character is challenged when we are asked to rise above distasteful false accusations. Character is proven when one becomes better from actions of cruelty and malice. Finally, character exceeds expectations when one can let go of well deserved resentments.

Character cannot be developed in times of peace and comfort, it is only through affliction and suffering we can be molded into what the Lord expects; and He expects greatness.

When all is lost, and when faith is weak, we make a decision. We can live life with ease, ignore responsibility, and justify incorrect decisions - which in the temporary scheme of things, brings contentment, and satisfaction - or, when our character is tested, we can turn away from ourselves, sacrifice an easy but mediocre way of living, and submit all that we have to the Lord.

Our character is what will be assessed when mortality passes and we meet with our Father, and I hope and pray to continually live my life in a way that meets the Lords high expectations.

The Lord expects greatness,
and I intend to be great.