Honesty Is Still The Best Policy

170 years ago today – Feb 28, 1842
[Joseph Smith] A man sends Joseph a note stating that Joseph has been honest and fair in his financial dealings with the man. Joseph immediately publishes the rare but welcome compliment in the Times and Seasons.

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

I have two questions for you to ponder today.
1. How honest and fair are you in your dealings with others?
2. When was the last time you paid someone a compliment?

Thinking about these two questions I remembered a story about honesty. It goes like this.

Once upon a time, there was a Selfish Man. He liked everything to be
his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his
friends or the poor.

One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house
and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man.
As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty
gold coins, when she arrived home, she told her father what she had
found.The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and
he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his
daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him.
After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them was missing
and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further
commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him (the
girl’s father). But the father refused. The man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s
father. The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked
the girl how many gold coins she found. She replied thirty gold coins.
The Judge that asked the selfish man how many gold coins he lost and he
answered forty gold coins. The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl. The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him. It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him.

Honesty is the best policy and along with that a thank you and a compliment can go a long way.

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