The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

"I would say to him, do not lie. Just one lie told and you have committed yourself to remember every facet of the situation to protect that lie. Furthermore, once you lie and are discovered, just once, all the rest of your life that person will not trust you. Every time your name comes up, if he is in a position to give you some position or advantage involving trust, that lie will be remembered, and he will not have confidence. You may have repented long since and have been forgiven, even by him, but in spite of himself, he will wonder if you truly have repented. On the other hand, if you tell the truth always, no matter what, it will someday save your reputation and perhaps your honor."

S. Dilworth Young 
"Stories from the General Authorities: Advice to a Son" 
"New Era," June 1974, 44-45

"Be true to yourselves, my dear friends. Be true to one another, your friends and associates. Look for the good in those about you, and emphasize that good. Never go around gossiping about your associates or speaking unkind words concerning them. Such words will only backfire to hurt you. Jehovah has commanded, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness' (Ex. 20:16)."

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Stand True and Faithful" 
"Ensign," May 1996, 92

"'Thou shalt not bear false witness.' At the core of this commandment is dishonesty again. Television carried the story of a woman imprisoned for twenty-seven years, she having been convicted on the testimony of witnesses who later came forth to confess that they had lied. I know that this is an extreme case, but are you not acquainted with instances of reputations damaged, of hearts broken, of careers destroyed by the lying tongues of those who have borne false witness?"

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"We Believe in Being Honest" 
"Ensign," Oct. 1990, 4

"The principles of love, unity, righteousness, and mercy do not condone falsehood. The Lord commanded, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness' (Ex. 20:16), and he has not revoked that command. When truth is constrained by other virtues, the outcome is not falsehood but silence for a season. As the scriptures say, there is 'a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.' (Eccl. 3:7.)"

Dallin H. Oaks 
"Ensign," Feb. 1987, 69

"To the Israelites and again to the Nephites the Lord commanded: 'Thou shalt not bear false witness.' (See Ex. 20:16; Mosiah 13:23.) Are we not false witnesses if we are untrue to gospel principles we profess but do not practice?"

J. Richard Clarke 
"Hold Up Your Light" 
"Ensign," May 1985, 74

“Nephi so describes the people of his day, as he also describes so many of our day. How easy it is for us to say, ‘We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent.’ (A of F 1:13.) But how difficult for so many to resist the temptation to lie a little, cheat a little, steal a little, bear false witness in speaking in gossipy words about others. Rise above it…. Be strong in the simple virtue of honesty." - Gordon B. Hinckley, “Building Your Tabernacle,” Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.50)

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