“It is not easy to be honest…but an [individual] has to live with their conscience. An individual has to live with principles. An individual has to live with convictions…Unless they do so, they will be miserable…What was once controlled by moral and ethical standards of the people, we now seek to handle by public law. And so the statutes multiply, enforcement agencies consume ever-increasing billions, prison facilities are constantly expanded, but the torrent of dishonesty pours on and grows in volume…

The appraisal spoken long ago by an English Poet is true yet today: ‘An honest man’s the noblest work of God’ (Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Epistle III, line 248). Where there is honesty, other virtues follow…No nation can either become or remain great if there is an absence of integrity in its citizens…How much more happiness there would be in the homes of the people if there we total confidence and trust…

Be strong…with the strength of honesty. How easy it is to ‘lie a little, take advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor ‘(2 Nephi 28:8)…Simple honesty is so remarkable a quality…”

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, pp. 265-269