We have all heard the saying, " The truth shall set you free." That is all well and good, but what does it really mean? I have thought about this and have come up with a few ideas. The first idea, is that when we are honest and tell the truth then we are free from guilt. When we lie there is a guilt that we feel for knowing we are lieing. I don't know about you, but I always feel better when I just tell the truth. The second idea, is that when we tell the truth we are free from having to lie even more. There is a popular saying, " oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve." That is a great picture of what lieing can do to you. If you tell one lie you most likely have to tell another one and it just gets messier and messier. When you tell the truth, you are free from lieing period. The last idea, is that we become free from doubt. Think of the little boy who cried wolf. After three times of saying there was a wolf when there really wasn't then the people doubted him when he really was telling the truth. I don' t know of many of us that would believe someone who tells lies most of the time. If we tell the truth though, people will trust us and listen to what we have to say. There were a group of people in the Book of Mormon who were known for their honesty. In Alma 27 verse 27 it says:
And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their azeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly bhonest and upright in all things; and they were cfirm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
I hope that all of us may be distinguished for our honesty and that people will trust us enough to tell them the truth.