The Integrity Project:

"What is integrity? Where can I find it?" People around the globe may ask such questions. It is my goal to answer this question through my eyes through my daily interactions. Integrity is a core value I intentionally apply to my belief system, faith, and personal conduct.

This blog is intended to honor my family who provides support and love as I strive daily to be a disciple of Christ amongst my mortal experiences (blunders and all). As a leader in my faith's Young Women program, I dedicate my Integrity project to my family, friends, and the fantastic young women I am blessed to interact with on a weekly basis. ______________________________________________________________________

Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me (Job 27:5).

I will have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong.

(Young Women Personal Progress: Standing as a Witness of God)

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

DC is a man of integrity.  His ideals are high and he embraces truth.  When faced with dishonesty and deception in the work-place or world of business, he holds fast to his values and carefully holds others accountable.  He is not looking for recognition or ways to beat everyone to the top.  He is there to pull others up, to carry them when needed; to put aside his personal gains and work for what is best in each situation.  He cares about each ONE and perceives ways to reach out to bless and help his associates.  He is a hero; not flashy and famed everywhere; a true hero who stands for truth and applies the principles of integrity in his interactions with humankind.

My Daughter's Wedding Day 2012:

Two amazing people, E and T, were sealed as an Eternal Couple.  Covenants were made, will be honored and respected. The wedding was not held in Hawaii for a beach or romanticized, expensive destination, but rather so his friends and support network could be present in the Lord's Holy Temple. She kept this a priority for the events of the day, steering from the elaborate to the humble yet beautiful plans. Integrity is described as righteous, honest, and sincere.  This definition describes the union of two very amazing people who light up the world they live in.

Joseph, son of Jacob (Israel): Joseph's story of faith and dedication to his Heavenly Father is a testimony of Integrity. No matter the temptation, no matter the price the loss of "power," he held to the rod of integrity.  Genesis 39:9, describes the time Joseph had lost his position in Potipher's house when he resisted the advances of Potipher's wife: "There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"

Nothing was worth the price of sinning against God.  Joseph's dignity and integrity were intact.  His power and strength to withstand such temptation demonstrates a prime example of integrity.  Joseph left; ran; from sin. He turned his back and never looked behind. 

How can we be like Joseph?  In what ways can we turn from sin and remember Him whom we serve?  How can we teach others such integrity through our actions?

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

"Merlo J," my grandfather, was a man of great integrity.  Being a distinguished editor of the Washington Post, he never swayed to popular opinion and unethical politics.  No matter the topic, he stood firm and true and was a positive influence in the political arena.

Elder Mark E Peterson, of the Council of the Twelve, asked my grandfather to address a gathering of youth (to reach 25,000) on the advantages of clean living and adherence to high standards of integrity. This is a witness of Grandpa's integrity; in spite of the turmoil and subtle persuasions of  adversarial morals rampant around him, he was esteemed in many ways by his standards.

He was firmly rooted in soil that bred honesty, high morals, and supportive thinking to the standards that our country was founded upon. I quote from his journal: "It is integrity, character and simple goodness that men are most in need of today.  We have more scientific information than education and industry can readily absorb.  The mechanical energy at our command is far greater than our understanding of how to use it for the advantage of all. Indeed, these instruments of material progress may actually contribute to the downfall of our civilization if people lack the moral fiber to control their selfish instincts and "liberated" passions...If current calamities are not to become merely a chapter in the epic of destruction, spiritual qualities and a greater degree of moral stamina will have to be recaptured."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Becoming Men and Women of Integrity

BYU Devotional by: Elder Tad R. Callister (12/6/11)

Integrity is the very core of our being; it is who we really are.  It defines and identifies us; steadfast and immovable.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Integrity of: "Bp.Y."

 My Present-Day person of focus is a stalwart leader. 
He gently leads with love, kindness, and a sense of humor.  While guiding our congregation, he held fast to the standards and vision of strengthening the inner vessel in preparation for sharing our beliefs with our neighbors and associates.  He never lost sight of the goal in mind and continuously taught, nurtured, encouraged, and led us toward being better disciples of the Savior. This man is a true pillar of integrity among the followers of Christ.
Thank you for taking the time to teach, love, nurture, counsel, uplift, encourage, for your patience and we thank those who gave of their time with you in the Lord's behalf.



Days of Past Personal Image of Integrity:

Esther of the Old Testament:

Esther is a woman of integrity for many reasons:
  • In spite of the practices of others around her, she remained virtuous and kept her covenants.
  • She was humble and teachable as Mordecai counseled her concerning the king's decree to destroy the Jews.
  • Esther was willing to put her life on the line as she willingly approached the king on behalf of her people.
  • Esther never quavered in her faith and diligence in practicing her beliefs.
  • Esther was firm as she maintained high standards of conduct and respect toward others.
15 ¶Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and afast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.