Honesty, according to For The Strength of Youth

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In Gospel Doctrine class today, we split into small groups to discuss six principles in For The Strength of Youth. My group were assigned “Honesty and Integrity.”

One thing stuck out to me:

Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way.

Why is honesty defined by what it isn’t? Wouldn’t it be better to teach people what it is, so they can be proactive in living righteously. Defining something by what it isn’t seems to be a sure fire way to teach people to do good by only avoiding the bad.

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