Saturday, May 28, 2011

YouTube Mormon Messages: "Honesty - You Better Believe It" A Winner In The LDS International Video Contest

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently held their first International Video Contest where Church members from around the world created their own videos and competed for the Visitors' Choice Awards. The submission deadline was January 31st, 2011. The winning videos are all listed HERE.

One of the three winning entries in the Professional category was a video by Brian Burnham entitled "Honesty: You Better Believe It". Directed primarily towards young people, its purpose is to motivate people to compete honestly and avoid cheating, particularly in school. It is now featured on the Mormon Messages channel and is embedded below:

The video draws significantly from the counsel given by the late President James E. Faust, who was a Second Counselor in the First Presidency at one time. His counsel was published in a November 1996 Ensign article entitled "Honesty — a Moral Compass", and built upon the 13th Article of Faith, which states “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul — We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” President Faust wrote about how his honesty facilitated his selection for Officer's Candidate School in World War II, even though he feared his honesty might make him look narrow-minded and cause his rejection. He took the high road -- and was rewarded. President Faust characterized honesty as a moral compass to guide us in our lives.

Would you want to be treated by a doctor who cheated his way through medical school?

Larry Richman of LDS Media Talk discloses that the first International Video Contest was such a success that the LDS Church is now soliciting more multimedia creations from its members, and has set up the website for this purpose. Submitted materiel may be used by Church designers for products and websites, and made available for download by individual members to use for lessons, family home evenings, and non-commercial websites and blogs. The latter could be of inestimable value to Church members who live in remote locations without an organized ward or branch.

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