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Be Honest With Yourself: Virtue Is Its Own Reward

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 01, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1956 —

VIRTUE is its own Reward

There is more to marriage than music and moonlight; there is trust … and sharing … and being loved and deserving to be.

There is companionship through years of growing up and growing old together.

And to each partner in an honest marriage there will come a time when nothing will be more important than personal purity.

And it will not be just at some passing hour – but day after day, year after year – as long as you look at your loved ones – as long as you can feel, in reality or in memory, the small hand of a son or daughter as it closes around your finger.

You – each of you – should take no less to marriage than personal purity.

You have a right to expect it of the companion you choose – you have a sacred obligation to keep it and to offer it in return.

The rewards of virtuous living are rich and enduring, but the price of sin runs high.

The reward of virtue is a quiet conscience – the right to answer every question without reservation – the right to look every man squarely in the eye, and every boy and girl and woman also – without an accusing conscience. It is the right to pass on to your children and your children’s children a clean record, a clean heritage, a good name.

You cannot cheat. You cannot avoid consequences. So be virtuous.




  1. The reward of virtue is a quiet conscience

    Love this line.

    One of the things I like about the Mormon Messages is that these simple, uncomplicated concepts have been dressed up for this millennium. It’s the same core, presented so it fits today’s shenanigans. As you mentioned, Ardis, the format can be amusing in its innocence. Still, reminding people of the basics never hurts.

    Comment by ellen — March 1, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  2. The concept isn’t so terribly out of date. When I was working in an Evangelical mission a few years back, the church and the associated school had similar kinds of posters. The art was a bit more modern, of course, but similar messages and images.

    Comment by Bro. Jones — March 1, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

  3. Where I wonder about datedness (beyond trivia like hair and clothing styles) is the confidence of Mark E. Petersen and his committee that because a teen saw a poster in a glass case in the foyer, she would be influenced to the extent of saying “Oh, I was only planning on something at home; now I think I’ll get married in the temple instead.”

    Of course I realize that it was never expected to be quite that easy and that these posters were hardly the only method for teaching youth about the importance of temple marriage. Perhaps the real hope was something MEPetersen said about helping youth “catch a glimpse” of the beauties of clean living. A young person might be attracted to even a small part of the message — like you, ellen, with the line that appealed to you — and that would give a nudge in the direction of righteousness when crunch time came.

    In any case, I hope you do enjoy seeing these posters over the next few months. They’re another window into our past — in this case, one that shows how the important things have not changed.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 1, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

  4. Virgins have nice skin and good teeth?
    Message received 😉 You’re all correct, some of us have grown up around waaaaaaayyyy too many adverts.

    Comment by Moniker Challenged — March 2, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

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