One of the core principles that the Mormon church teaches is that we should be “honest in our dealings with our fellow man.” This means that we should deal honestly and uprightly in business transactions, work, and in everything we do.
To me, this is important for several reasons. First and foremost, because it helps keep our minds focused on following the Lord’s commandments to not lie or steal. Second, it helps ensure that we are being “examples of the believers, in word and in deed.”
I recently had a discussion with a blog visitor about a situation they had where a member of the Mormon church was not honest in their dealings. The individual they had worked with promised one thing and delivered another. This LDS person had essentially stolen from them, and was refusing to make right what they had done.
While I cannot speak for the situation itself, I can say this: no man or woman can go through this life professing to believe a thing and not live it. If we, as Mormons, profess to be honest and upright, we must live that, or we have no true belief. President N. Eldon Tanner, an early leader in our church, said this:
“Remember always that the gospel is designed to teach us how to conduct ourselves for the benefit of our spiritual and temporal affairs. It is not enough to attend Church meetings, partake of the sacrament, participate in religious discussions, and then turn a deaf ear to the needs of our families, our neighbors, or our communities; or be dishonest or unscrupulous in our dealings with them.”
I am disappointed that the person who contacted me had such an experience as would make them feel that perhaps Mormon people were not what they professed to be. These are real life experiences, and they make an impression. LDS people must live up to the tenets of their faith, if we wish to share with others what we feel about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On behalf of that person who made this mistake, I apologize. I hope that the situation comes to a resolution, and that those involved continue to look for understanding. The Mormon faith is one that is open for all to see. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via this blog any time.