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(This is an excerpt from the book Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion by Dennis Largey.)

Just, truthful, sincere, and characterized by integrity. The word honest is used five times in the Doctrine and Covenants, the first three of which appear as modifiers of the word heart and as part of conditional clauses upon which specific blessings are predicated. The Lord promised Oliver Cowdery knowledge if he asked “in faith, with an honest heart” (8:1). Similarly, Hyrum Smith was promised a gift (revelation) if he desired of the Lord in faith with an honest heart (11:10). The Lord revealed that some members of the school in the land of Zion needed to be chastened, in contrast to those whose “hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite” (97:3–8). The other instances of the word occur in the Lord’s instructions to the Saints to seek and sustain “honest” elected officials (98:10) and in the declaration in section 135 that the innocent blood of Joseph and Hyrum Smith “will touch the hearts of honest men among all nations” (135:7). The single use of the adverb honestly appears in the Lord’s instructions to Bishop Edward Partridge, where it modifies the verb deal. In implementing the law of consecration, Bishop Partridge was to admonish the Saints to “deal honestly” with each other (51:9).

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