My Foundation: Show Integrity—Maximum Time: 20 Minutes

“My Foundation: Show Integrity,” Personal Finances for Self-Reliance (2017), 110–11


Why does the Lord love those with “integrity of heart”?


“What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” available at (No video? Read page 111.)


What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?

If you are unable to watch the video, read this script.


Elder Robert C. Gay: The Savior once asked His disciples the following question: “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

This is a question that my father taught me to carefully consider years ago. As I was growing up, my parents assigned me chores around the house and paid me an allowance for that work. I often used that money, a little over 50 cents a week, to go to the movies. Back then a movie ticket cost 25 cents for an 11-year-old. This left me with 25 cents to spend on candy bars, which cost 5 cents apiece. A movie with five candy bars! It couldn’t get much better than that.

All was well until I turned 12. Standing in line one afternoon, I realized that the ticket price for a 12-year-old was 35 cents, and that meant two less candy bars. Not quite prepared to make that sacrifice, I reasoned to myself, “You look the same as you did a week ago.” I then stepped up and asked for the 25-cent ticket. The cashier did not blink, and I bought my regular five candy bars instead of three.

Elated by my accomplishment, I later rushed home to tell my dad about my big coup. As I poured out the details, he said nothing. When I finished, he simply looked at me and said, “Son, would you sell your soul for a nickel?” His words pierced my 12-year-old heart. It is a lesson I have never forgotten.

(“What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 34)

Back to page 110.


What does it mean to have integrity? What are some small ways people give away their souls to get things in this life?


Articles of Faith 1:13 and Job 27:5 (on the right)


Read Mosiah 4:28 (on the right) and the quote by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (on page 111). Why is repaying a debt or business or student loan (like a PEF loan) a matter of personal integrity?


Commit to do the following actions during the week. Check the box when you complete each action:

  • Improve one of the eight areas you rated above.

  • Share what you’ve learned today about integrity with your family or friends.