Lying to Catch a Liar

The LDS temples are opening up again and I know my bishop has been busy with temple recommend interviews. I had mine on Sunday and the first question he asked me is if I was honest with my fellow man. It was funny because I thought about my district manager and how he accused me of being too honest, as I pointed out everything we were falling behind on. I felt that honesty was the only way to improve. So as I answered my bishop I said that yes, I am honest with my fellow man.

The 13th Article of Faith lists honesty first in a long list of virtues we try to obtain in this life.

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

So… the question is, what if I’m lying? Can you justify lying by saying that you’re participating in that behavior to catch a liar? Can you lie to your Ethics department? And during your temple recommend interview can you answer that first question truthfully?

Doctrine and Covenants 10:28 reads

28 Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.

Do you think that God will not protect you if you tell the truth? The God I believe in is just.

Thank you for reading.

3 Comments

  1. This is the article of faith that runs through my head continuously. I haven’t finished reading the advice that Paul gives. I remind myself if this daily. Though I should read all of the bible I have started in acts and the stories are awesome. God has his hand in everything. Remember in the first part of D&C when the Lord is talking about the 116 pages that were lost. Joseph had to go through that experience to learn the importance of listening and obeying what the Lord commands. The Lord knew Joseph so well that he had a backup plan. A backup that was put into place hundreds of years earlier. Truly amazing!

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