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Article, Personal Growth

Values and Ethics

A week ago I posted about Mission Statements. I felt that I needed to follow up with my personal values and ethics. “A bearing is useless without a rudder!” Here are my values and ethics:

Integrity, Patience, Honesty, Truth, Faith, Purity, Brotherly Kindness, Humility, Charity, Diligence, Knowledge, Temperance; and also things Virtuous, Lovely, and of Good Report. – Philippians 4:8, Doctrine and Covenants 4:6, and Articles of Faith # 13

Again, as a christian my life should be based on christian values and principles. I try to live my life based on these because they are core christian values and I have seen the good in my own life. My life isn’t perfect and I have my trials, however, I have felt and enjoyed the peace of Christ. I know that I am guided by a higher power and can be strengthened despite my weaknesses. Like I said, “A bearing is useless without a rudder”.

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In case you are wondering how I define the above values, here are some references.

  1. Integrity: Unknown, Integrity; Integrity, Part 1; and Integrity, Part 2
  2. Patience: n.
    1. the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, or anger.
    2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
    3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence. [1175–1225; Middle English pacience < Old French < Latin patientia. See patient, -ence]
  3. Honesty: n., pl. -ties.
    1. uprightness; integrity; trustworthiness.
    2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
    3. freedom from deceit or fraud. [1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās, irreg. derivative of honestus. See honest, -ty2]
  4. Truth: n
    1. the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual: the truth of his statement was attested.
    2. something that is true as opposed to false: you did not tell me the truth.
    3. a proven or verified principle or statement; fact: the truths of astronomy.
    4. (usually plural) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the world: the truths of ancient religions.
    5. fidelity to a required standard or law
    6. faithful reproduction or portrayal: the truth of a portrait.
    7. an obvious fact; truism; platitude
    8. honesty, reliability, or veracity: the truth of her nature.
    9. accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
    10. the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance [Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true]
  5. Faith: n.
    1. confidence or trust in a person or thing.
    2. belief that is not based on proof.
    3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.
    4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics or standards of merit.
    5. a system of religious belief: the Jewish faith.
    6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
    7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc. [1200–50; Middle English feith < Anglo-French fed, Old French feid, feit < Latin fidem, acc. of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust]
  6. Purity: n.
    1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that contaminates, pollutes, etc.
    2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
    3. cleanness.
    4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
  7. Brotherly Kindness: As Moral Ideal: In the Revised Version (British and American), “love of the brethren” in all places, and so in the King James Version of 1 Peter 1:22, thus defining the disposition as love, and its objects as brethren. Since God is Father and men are His sons, they are therefore brethren of one another. As sonship is the most essential factor in man’s right relation to God, so is brotherhood in his relation to his fellow-man. Note: There are several paragraphs covering this topic at the above link.
  8. Humility: n.
    the quality or state of being humble; modest opinion of one’s own importance or rank; meekness. [1275–1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās; see humble, -ty2]
  9. Charity: n., pl. -ties.
    1. donations or generous actions to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.
    2. a charitable act or work.
    3. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution.
    4. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need: to do something out of charity.
    5. leniency in judging others; forbearance.
    6. alms.
    7. Christian love; agape. [1125–75; Middle English charite < Old French < Latin cāritās=cār(us) dear + -itās -ity]
  10. Diligence: n.
    1. constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.
    2. the degree of care and caution expected of a person. [1300–50; Middle English deligence (< Anglo-French) < Latin]
  11. Knowledge: n.
    1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles.
    2. familiarity or conversance, as by study or experience: a knowlege of human nature.
    3. the fact or state of knowing; clear and certain mental apprehension.
    4. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance.
    5. something that is or may be known; information.
    6. the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
    7. the sum of what is known: Knowledge of the situation is limited.
    8. Archaic. sexual intercourse. [1250–1300; Middle English knouleche=know(en) to know + -leche, perhaps akin to Old English -lāc suffix denoting action or practice, compare wedlock]
  12. Temperance: n.
    1. moderation or self-restraint; self-control.
    2. habitual moderation in any indulgence, appetite, etc.
  13. Virtuous: adj.
    1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright.
    2. chaste: a virtuous young person. [1300–50; vertuous < Anglo-French < Late Latin virtuōsus= Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ōsus -ous]
  14. Lovely: adj.
    1. Beautiful especially in a pleasing or charming way. See Synonyms at beautiful.
    2. Enjoyable; delightful: had a lovely weekend in the country.
    3. Archaic Inspiring love or affection.
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