In my daily life, I am surrounded with exams, tests, quizzes and many things in which determine my future. Sometimes they determine my short future and others will live on with me for years. Through these tests, I have learned many things. I have learned how to write quadratic equations on the back of my calculator. I have watched my peers hide their phones closely underneath their desks, and I have learned of endless ways to cheat, lie and deprive my integrity.
I have learned these things, but through many hard exams, I have not used them. In these same exams, I see classmates, friends and geniuses cheating themselves in order to receive something that they do not deserve. I have watched friends who hardly study; get an amazing score on an exam I get when I’ve studied for hours and receive an average score.
I believe that we should not cheat ourselves on not only exams, but all things. In our lives we will fail at things and we will fail continuously but if we perservere in what we want– a grade, a home, a place, a friend– our Heavenly Father will be alongside of us.
Recently, I was taking my permit test, a year late, and a man with rugged clothes sat next to me. It was his fourth time taking his test and as he answered the last question and submitted the test, a little red button popped up. I knew, because I was familiar with this button, he had failed. Without frustration, he walked to the counter and announced he had not passed.
If we all have integrity, much like this man, we will be blessed. If we choose to not cheat ourselves we will be successful although in the moment it may not feel like it. If we choose to be honest in all things we will always have the spirit in our hearts. We will never EVER be able to cheat our way to our home above. “There is no substitute for personal integrity. It includes honor. It includes performance. It includes doing what is right regardless off the circumstances.” Gordon B. Hinkley.
A week later I was back at the DMV, taking the test again and I saw this man. With a smile on his face, I knew, he had passed.