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Be Honest With Yourself: Fair or False Faces?

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 21, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1959 —

Fair or False Faces

The face is the mirror of the soul. It reflects your character, fair or false.

No mask of deceit, however clever its design, can hide for long your true personality – your real self.

Fair: what a wonderful word! These are some of its dictionary meanings: “pleasing to the eye; beautiful; gracious; courteous; desirable; elegant; frank; honest; impartial; just.”

By contrast, let’s look at the word “false.” These are some of its meanings: “dishonest; not faithful or loyal; untrue; treacherous; hypocritical; sham; feigned; not trustworthy.” How hideous this image of that which is false!

Fair or false – which will you choose?

If you’re smart, you’ll choose the fair. You’ll be fair in everything you do. Whether it’s in sports or in the more serious game of life, you’ll play fair; you won’t cheat or chisel.

You’ll be fair with friends and associates by being just an generous.

You’ll cultivate a fair face and a fair figure by clean, healthy living.

For your own sake, be fair, be just, be genuine, if you would be happy. Then, when you look in the mirror, your real face will reflect the honest thoughts you think, the honest words you speak, the honest life you live:




  1. My stake president mentioned these Be Honest with Yourself in our stake conference a week or two ago, and this one was almost exactly what his message was.

    Clearly, these posters made quite the impression on the people for whom they were intended if they’re still being talked about in current meetings as a vehicles to revelation.

    Comment by Paradox — September 24, 2010 @ 4:10 am

  2. That’s cool, Paradox! I appreciate hearing about these indications that people who were teens or young adults then remember these. Two or three such remembrances are mentioned in the background post, that I found in talks published on But additional indications “from the wild” like yours are particularly interesting.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 24, 2010 @ 8:23 am

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