My definition of integrity comes from the LDS Young Women values:
“I will have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong.”I have seen Integrity in action today as I have watched the clips of Miss , Carrie Prejean, answering her question last night in the Miss America Pageant.
For those of you who don't know what happened one of the judges (I'm not going to say which one because I don't want his name on my blog) asked her if she thought that the rest of the states should follow Vermont in legalizing same sex marriage. The judge that asked the question is openly gay.
Miss California then proceeded to give this answer:
'"Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um–we live in a land that you can choose same-sex or opposite marriage and, ya know what? In my country and in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you."You could tell that she was caught off guard by this question especially by who asked it. I think she knew that by giving an honest answer, by having INTEGRITY, it would hurt her chances at the crown. She was even booed while giving the answer
It was basically THE SAME ANSWER THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA GAVE WHILE CAMPAIGNING FOR OFFICE.
Miss California didn't win the crown of Miss America last night. She was the first runner up. Her answer probably cost her the crown. But she stayed true to her beliefs. She knew what she had been taught. She spoke the truth. She had Integrity.
She was the real winner last night. I don't care what anyone else says.