`Working for what we receive is a timeless principle of self-respect'

"Natural, inherent integrity is manifested almost every hour of every day of our lives," said Elder James E. Faust at the April 1982 general conference. "Those who unjustly profit at the expense of others may gain a fortune, but they forfeit something more important, which is their own integrity. Taking advantage of others is a counterfeit form of true success and honor."

Then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and now second counselor in the First Presidency, Elder Faust said further: "It is difficult to be just with oneself and others unless we recognize the law of the harvest. We reap that which we sow. Latter-day Saints have long been taught to live by the virtues of independence, industry, thrift, and self-reliance. Working for what we receive is a cardinal, timeless principle of self-respect. The whole world admires success. But how each of us defines success and how we seek it is crucial to our happiness."Elder Faust asked: "What is success? Is it money? Is it achievement? Is it fame? Is it position? Is it dominion?"

He cited the prophet Micah's definition of success: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8.)

Elder Faust said that the prophet Ezekiel also gave a formula for success:

"But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, . . .

"And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; . . .

"Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God." (See Ezek. 18:5,7,9.)

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