The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Thou Shalt Not Steal

"Jehovah also declared, 'Thou shalt not steal' (Ex. 20:15). Stealing is an affront to God. This commandment is one of only 10. Cheating, lying, bearing false witness are all types of stealing."

Vaughn J. Featherstone 
"One Link Still Holds," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1999, 13

"'Thou shalt not steal.... Thou shalt not covet' (Ex. 20:15, 17). These mandates are likewise among the commandments written by the finger of the Lord on the tablets of stone. I am always pained when I read in a newspaper of some who are members of this Church who have been involved in a scam operation designed to take from others through dishonest means that which they covet for themselves."

Gordon B. Hinckley 
"Be Ye Clean," 
"Ensign," May 1996, 49

"On Mount Sinai the finger of the Lord wrote the law on tablets of stone: 'Thou shalt not steal.' (Ex. 20:15.) There was neither enlargement nor rationalization. And then that declaration was accompanied by three other commandments, the violation of each of which involves dishonesty: 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' 'Thou shalt not bear false witness.' 'Thou shalt not covet.' (Ex. 20:14, 16, 17.)"

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

"One reason for the decline in moral values is that the world has invented a new, constantly changing and undependable standard of moral conduct referred to as 'situational ethics.' Now, individuals define good and evil as being adjustable according to each situation; this is in direct contrast to the proclaimed God-given absolute standard: 'Thou shalt not!'--as in 'Thou shalt not steal' (Ex. 20:15)."

David B. Haight 
"Ethics and Honesty," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1987, 14

“When Moses heard the voice of God declaring out of the clouds on Sinai, ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ he was listening not only to the promulgation of a law fundamentally important to the progress and stability of the individual, but he was hearing at the same time words of great social Wisdom. Honesty lies at the very root of any stable society. If all were thieves, no society could exist. If a man should arise in the morning with the purpose of plowing his field, his plan would be defeated if he went out only to find that someone else had appropriated his team and his plow. Should he then decide to cut his hay instead, he again would be thwarted if someone had taken away his harvesting equipment. And so alternate plans might one after another go awry and his day be rendered barren of results. As the number of members in the society increased the confusion would multiply. Orderly processes would be impossible. There would be no security and no dependable means of planning action.” - Albert E. Bowen, “Conference Report,” October 1938, Second Day–Morning Meeting, p. 66

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