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Friday, March 29, 2013

MMM Sermons: Gospel Teachings About Lying

by Saint Mark (bio)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call them "talks," but most (non)Christians call them sermons. This is a series of sermons that many Latter-day Saints love and believe. I hope these sermons promote and perfect your faith as they do mine.

You can find this talk in its entirety here.

As a former law clerk of Chief Justice Earl Warren, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, an expert on the exclusionary rule and a former judge of the Utah Supreme Court, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles knows a thing or two about liars, I mean lawyers.

In this talk, Elder Oaks strives to remind a group of lawyers-in-training how important it is to "be honest with their fellow man." Not only is this a requirement to enter the temple but it is one of the ten commandments God gave to Moses: "thou shalt not bear false witness."

Elder Oaks pulls no punches on topics he addresses and is as comprehensive a speaker as you will find.
Lying is sinful, as it has always been, and there is no exempt category for
so-called “lying for the Lord.” Lying is simply outside the range of permitted
or condoned conduct by Latter-day Saints - members or leaders.

A lie is also furthered when one remains silent in a circumstance where he or she has a duty to speak and disclose. In other words, a person lies by concealing when he
or she has a duty to reveal. Some relationships and some circumstances create
such a duty ... In contrast, when there is no duty to reveal all and when one
has not made an affirmative statement implying that all has been revealed, it is
simply incorrect to equate silence with lying.
What do you think about lying? Is silence lying to you?

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