As promised, here is a smattering of notes from the Women’s Conference class entitled “Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me,” taught by Shelley Heiner and James L. Toone. Please excuse that this post is just a collection of my notes, and they are not particularly cohesive. Hopefully you can peacefully hop from principle to principle.
Integrity comes from the same base as words like interger, and means entire and whole. It is doing what’s right. Integrity is the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
The title of the class comes from the story of Job in the Old Testament:
1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
27:5-6 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
People with integrity:
- Have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Understand who God is and our relationship with Him
- Keep covenants. (She told the story of a girlfriend who was driving alone in her car and a questionable song came on the radio. There were no children in the car, just her, by herself. She wondered if she should bother turning it off and this phrase from the Sacrament prayer came into her mind, “Always remember Him.” She knew that part of her covenants meant doing what was right even when no one was watching.)
15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
- Inner peace.
- absence of guilt/anxiety from sin
- constant companionship of the Holy Ghost
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.