David O. McKay: Integrity: The Strength of a Nation

Called Unto Liberty, David O. McKay: 1964, 20th Century Sermons

The foundation of a noble character is integrity. By this virtue the strength of a nation, as of an individual, may be judged. No nation will become great whose trusted officers will pass legislation for personal gain, who will take advantage of public office for personal preferment, or to gratify vain ambition, or who will, through forgery, chicanery, and fraud, rob the government, or be false in office to a public trust.

Honesty, sincerity of purpose, must be dominant traits of character in leaders of a nation that would be truly great.

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Source: David O. McKay, General Conference Report, April 1964, p. 6. David O. McKay (1873–1970), served as Ninth Pres­i­dent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.