I am a BYU Alumni. And yes I also belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-I am a Mormon. BYU has an outstanding basketball team this year-maybe you have heard the name Jimmer floating around- and they were quickly on their way to being a #1 seed for the NCAA tournament. And then something very unfortunate happened. I will post a facebook status of someone I went to high school with to let you know what happened.
Now, I know as a Mormon we have a lot of beliefs that others may think are funny or weird or even just plain wrong, but this post is not about if Mormon beliefs are correct or not, it is about honor.
One of the requirements to attend BYU includes agreeing to live by a code of conduct called the honor code. This code includes things such as grooming standards, being honest, being chaste, etc. (Feel free to read the whole code by clicking here) If you do not want to live by the rules of this honor code then you don't have to attend BYU, it is as simple as that. But many do attend and are willing to abide this code. BYU has over 30,000 students and was ranked the number one most popular school in the nation because 78 percent of students who are accepted chose to attend, the highest percentage of any university.
My point is-if you are attending BYU you know what you are getting into and agreeing to.
This last week Brandon Davies was suspended for breaking the honor code. Needless to say this has hit the newswaves with a vengeance. And many people are making comments just like the one I read on Facebook. And how did people respond to that facebook status? "Those crazy Mormons" "He told on himself that is the best part" "What a joke!"
And this is how I responded:
"Whether you agree with BYU's honor code or not; it is just that a code of honor. It is something that anyone that attends BYU knows and has to sign saying they will follow to attend the university. And in today's society of corruption, bribes and whatever else to make it to the top it is good that there are institutions that have values and enforce and honor them. Think just how much better this world would be if people actually had honor and integrity and followed through with their word."
In today's society, whether in sports, in politics or in business there are so many that are doing whatever it takes to make it to the top. Bribery, lying, cheating, has lead to companies collapsing, people losing jobs, and colleges possibly having to give back winning titles.
To those who are calling it a joke and laughing that he told on himself, I would like you to think what this world would be like if people would live with honor and follow through with what they agreed to do and promised to do. For one thing, a lot of scam attorneys would be out of business. But in all seriousness, I would love to live in a society with people who had standards, integrity and followed through with their word.
Today I am proud to say I am a BYU Alumni. A school that said their honor and their word is so important that they will follow through even if it means greatly hurting the chances of the winning the NCAA tournament.