Have you ever told a lie? It is hard to believe that some time in our lives a lie is not told. What is a lie? A lie is something that is not true, not the way it happened, not accurate; something that is stated to anyone and it misleads and deceives. People who lie are know as a liars and they come in all shapes, sizes, young or old. Some are very good at it and are known as habitual liars. Is there any harm in telling of a lie? Harm, distress, sadness, heartache, and yes death can be the results of a lie. "I told her that she would have a great feeling getting high and that one shot would make it much more enjoyable...It was not my fault that she died of an overdose."
A neighbor's relationship of over 20 years was ruined because one neighbor refused to listen to the truth that was told in a lie and it actually never happened. A marriage of many years ended because the husband would not tell the truth when asked, "The woman you were with when I saw you last weekend at the casino in Wendover was not your wife, was she?
"Oh, you must have been mistaken. I have never been to Wendover." Had he told the truth and accepted the help offered, his marriage could have been saved, but he continued to cheat and lie.
Where has integrity, honesty, and taking responsibility for our actions gone? We find today in our society some politicians, church leaders, civic leaders are involved in stretching of the truth. In modern day scripture, 2 Nep. 9:34: "Woe unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell."
Even if we were not religious, I certainly would think twice and not be caught in the telling of a lie. I'd be caught up in what the Savior said, to which I have added some words: "Use wisdom and look at both sides of any isssue and ye shall know and always tell the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jerome R. Willden