Thou shalt not bear false witness

thou shalt not bear false witness

QUOTE: “Thus, the ninth commandment is a strong declaration against covenant breaking, oath breaking, and all forms of untruth, including exaggeration, gross understatement, fabrication, or the willful giving of any explanation not supported by the facts. Even sharing the truth can have the effect of lying when we tell only half-truths that do not give a full picture. We can also be guilty of bearing false witness and lying if we say nothing, particularly if we allow another to reach a wrong conclusion while we hold back information that would have led to a more accurate perception. In this case it is as though an actual lie were uttered. … Lying and misrepresentation in all of their forms are wrong, no matter how they may be rationalized, and those who silently let these evils pass unchallenged are also doing wrong.” -Robert J. Matthews, Ensign, October 1994. [source]

QUOTE: “Some things that are true are not very useful.” -Boyd K. Packer, speaking to seminary and institute teachers at a CES Symposioum, 22 August 1981. [source]

COMMENTARY: Would the fact that Joseph’s translation of the Book of Abraham has been proven a fraud be one of those less useful truths, Boyd? Because I don’t see that being taught in church or to investigators. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.

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