Sunday Talk: “3 Principles for Better Living: Truth, Honesty, and the Doctrine of Christ”

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This week’s Sunday talk will be by Zachary Collier at the Odes and Oracles blog. The post being re-blogged is called “3 Principles for Better Living: Truth, Honesty, and the Doctrine of Christ”script.

Recently, I have come to understand the most valuable principle in the universe. That principle is the principle of honesty.

One night, after a particularly rough day for me, I stood at the bathroom sink sullenly brushing my teeth. Cheerfully and hopefully, as is customary with his demeanor, my room mate stood there brushing his. We stood in silence. Recognizing that something was amiss in my life, he leaned over, spit in his sink, and then turned to me and said, “You know what, Zach? I honestly believe that if everyone was fully and completely honest with themselves, all of our problems would be solved.” I ventured to comment on that statement, but couldn’t. I wasn’t in the mood. So I just nodded and said, “Yup.”

To me, it was a nice sentiment, but that was all. I didn’t believe it. Why? Because I didn’t understand it. I didn’t know what it meant to be honest with myself, because honestly, I had never done it before.

Since that realization, I have come a long way. Now, with my room mate, I too can say that if everyone were honest with themselves, they would likewise be honest with God and their fellowmen, and they would be happy. I testify of this truth because I have come to understand the principle of honesty more fully in my life, and I have grown closer to my Savior. The fruits of love and peace are abundant in my life, and I would like to share them with all of you. I will discuss three things you need to know in order to find satisfaction with yourself, peace with others, and closeness to God: Truth, Honesty, and the Doctrine of Christ.

1. Truth
What is truth, and why is it important?

The Doctrine & Covenants (a book of scripture common in my faith), section 93 verse 24 defines truth in this way: “Truth is a knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.”

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