Monday, February 9, 2009

Three Towels and a 25-Cent Newspaper

In deciding which article to post this week, I came across an article that I haven't read since it was given entitled, "Three Towels and a 25-Cent Newspaper." Bishop Richard C. Edgley gave this talk in General Conference in October 2006. He was called into the Presiding Bishopric of the Church 3 October 1992.

Think about the ramifications of our decisions, even the smallest ones. Think about what life would be like if we all chose right now to deal honestly and live with integrity even in the small, seemingly insignificant aspects and decisions of life. Think about who we could become if we each dealt honestly with our fellow men no matter the size or importance of the matter. I realize that some do not think that dishonesty in everyday life is a big deal, after all, our decisions do not affect many people and we aren't deceiving shareholders or the general public. However, faithfulness in the small things leads to happiness in the grand scheme of things.

Personally, I have never regretted being honest even when the decision is super hard, and I cannot remember a time I did not regret being dishonest. Trust goes a long way and enables one to many comforts of peace of conscience and peace of mind. Decide how much your integrity is worth to you, the fleeting satisfaction of the moment, or the long-term peace of mind of an integrity-filled life.

Bishop Edgley's words are true and applicable to each of us no matter our current stages in life or our personal beliefs.