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Honor Week Essays

We appreciate all of the responses that we received from our alumni. Below are a few of the emails that we received in response to our email. 

I was retail executive for many years. At an award banquet for the company I was sitting at the head table with the senior leadership of the company. My regions leadership team was sitting directly in front of us. (We had won most of the awards that year.) My CEO noticed I was not drinking and then observed that my leadership team was also not drinking. (Something I had not noticed.) They were all of different faiths. My CEO asked why they were not drinking and my director of human resources said, "We don't drink because Steve doesn't drink." I was stunned. Over the years of service with them they had noticed that I never ordered a drink. As a sign of respect they did not drink that evening. The BYU honor code makes us stand out in the world. Only one of the many great blessings I received because I attended BYU.
Steven J. Andersen.

The honor code that I lived while at BYU is still very much a part of my everyday life as a Staff Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. We have a very strict code of ethics here at Lockheed Martin, and live by this code of ethics and integrity for very specific reasons. It’s outlined to each employee in our “Setting the Standard-Code of Ethics and Business Conduct” booklet that has been provided to each employee. In it, the CEO states: “ All of us have a shared responsibility to maintain the highest standard of integrity to ensure that we sustain a place where we are proud to work. We all must be accountable for acting with integrity and upholding the values of the Corporation. Our Code spells out the values we live by and the standards we set.” Robert J. Stevens-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin At Lockheed Martin-Space Systems Company, lives depend upon these values, so we take this very seriously. I have been fortunate and blessed to have been raised and educated in a setting where these same values were taught and nurtured. Some within the Company may think that these set of standards and code of ethics may be excessive, but to me it’s a natural way of everyday life. I am thankful to be associated with a Company, that maintains and encourages the same values that I grew up with and was taught while attending Brigham Young University.

Joseph R. Sanchez

This past Monday, I travelled to Mexico City for an entire week of work and meetings. Upon arrival, I felt the need to pray every night for a minimum of 30 minutes. I wasn't sure why, but I obeyed the feeling anyway. Thursday I was invited to dinner with key higher-up folks at a seafood restaurant. It was just a small group of us. Upon sitting at our table, I looked up and noticed a very inappropriate picture of a lady that was 10 feet tall. Because of the prayers earlier said I was provided the strength to not look at the picture again. My boss noticed that I wasn't looking at the picture and when a very popular singer came on TV, that also wasn't dressed appropriately, he stated that I didn't need to look at the TV either. In summary, keeping close to our Heavenly Father through prayer protects us while we travel and provides us the strength to get through situations we are unable to anticipate.
Joel B. Tilton

I am currently President of the Rotary Club of Templeton, CA, of which I am a founding Charter Member. I am also preparing for my eighth year of travel to Zacapa Dapartment, Guatemala, CA, to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. I was selected as Templeton's Rotarian of the Year in 2006 and was Paso Roblan of the Year during 2008. I am a member of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce and active in programs to support women in business for themselves.
My passion continues to be feline rescue of feral cats, abandoned and abused animals. The plight of homeless in our world is another area to which I aspire to help. Following the death of my husband, avocational interests also include support for the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation as a Board Member and Tech Crew for performances, continuing service on teh Board of the Rotary Club of Templeton and building of my own business.

Nancy

As an alumni ('58) I have continued to be honorable in all of my transactions. I first started college in another university where I saw repeated violations of code of conduct in the classroom and on the campus. Because of my dislike for that atmosphere I dropped out after enduring one term. While working as a builder in Arizona and California, then serving an LDS Mission followed by military service nine years passed before I returned to college. I enrolled in the BYU to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. My desire was to prepare myself for a career as a Seminary Teacher and a better servant of the Lord. After graduation Elder Theodore Tuttle asked me to teach early morning Seminary in Panaca, Nevada where I would also teach English, speech and French in the Lincoln County High School. I was married and we had three lovely children when we moved to Panaca. After serving there five years I was offered a scholarship to earn a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. With five children we moved to Laramie in the fall of 1963. My desire was to better equip myself to be of more help to those students who came to me for counseling with their personal problems. Upon completion of that degree I realized I did not know enough to be of much use in that endeavor so we stayed another three years for me to complete a Doctorate in Psychology and Marriage and Family Counseling. During those years in order to support my family I worked three part time jobs while attending school. I had learned at the BYU to devote my time and energy to the Lord's work on the Lord's Day. That meant laying aside my studies on that day. I was called to serve as first counselor in the student ward bishopric in Laramie with Bishop Singleton. Even though times were tough for our family, I kept my commitment to pay an honest tithe and to serve the Lord to the best of my ability. He helped me to graduate with honors from both the BYU and from the U of Wyoming and He has guided me along the way up to this day. I am deeply grateful for the Honor Code of BYU. It has given me and all others who have lived it an added stability in a world of change. Like the Holy Spirit, it has been and still is a silent partner through my journey of life. It is embodied in one word --Integrity. I have lived to see it passed on to my children, grandchildren and great grand children. Thank you for this opportunity to share these thoughts.
Jonathan M. Chamberlain

I have come to see recently the blessing that the honor code is in my life. There's not anyway in particular that I do anything different from anyone else but I've noticed that those who are obedient to the contract they have signed have an added measure of the spirit in their lives. Those who choose to disregard the honor code are unhappier and have a different spirit about them and toward life. I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to be here.
Anonymous

I have come to see recently the blessing that the honor code is in my life. There's not anyway in particular that I do anything different from anyone else but I've noticed that those who are obedient to the contract they have signed have an added measure of the spirit in their lives. Those who choose to disregard the honor code are unhappier and have a different spirit about them and toward life. I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to be here.
Anonymous

After receiving my MBA in 1973, I pursued a carreer in finance and accounting. The last twenty-six years, I have been a Chief Financial Officer in middle-market size companies. My honor and integrity is the only thing on which my owners can trust to ensure that they are not being defrauded. If I sacrifice my integrity and lose that trust, my carreer is over and everything that I worked to accomplish over the past 39 years has been trashed. In the finance field, honor and integrity is absolutly essential.
L. William Rands Class of 73 - MBA Class of 68 - BA

As a BYU Alumnus, I apply the Honor Code daily in my profession. I purchase parts & equipment as a mechanical engineer, and am bound by Anti Trust & pricing laws. So, I keep the prices and strategies of my suppliers & salespeople private. I also sign safety drawings and environmental plans which are designed to protect people. I use the utmost vigilance to ensure that my designs are safe & correct. As and engineer I also interface with County government when building new space for employees. I follow all rules, guidelines and codes to ensure we are in compliance. Thanks to BYU applying the Honor Code is second nature and easy to do in my daily life after college.
Nathan Graff.

“On my honor…” “I pledge allegiance…” “I swear to uphold and defend…” Each of these initial phrases leads us through a promise of life-long service with integrity. For over 20 years, it was my privilege to serve alongside many noble men and women. Many with different morals and character flaws, but we were united in serving and securing the bonds of the promises we entered into. Today, I continue to work with the youth through Scouting. These young men are my legacy; they reflect my values to the world. The world is their campus.

Ron Brown

Living the honor code is synonymous to living the principles of the gospel. To me they are one in the same. If you are living the principles of the gospel, you are also adhering to the honor code. For myself, I was taught the principles of the gospel at a very early age and did my best to apply them in my everyday life. Consequently, when I came to BYU, the honor code was nothing more than the way I had always lived my life. As a business owner, in my involvement in my community, wherever I find myself, I strive to continue to live the principles I have always known to be true. President Monson commented that the principles of the gospel remain constant, unchanging. It’s the world in which we live, whose values or code of ethics, continue to deteriorate. I find it interesting that when I first graduated, in my practice in public accounting and as I switched careers to insurance, we never had to take ethics classes. Today, in order to renew my CPA license I am required, as part of continuing education, to take an ethics class. To receive my CLU designation, there was a course in ethical behavior. An in insurance, once a year, we are required to attend an ethics seminar. If people would only practice the honor code (principles of the gospel) there would be no need to be reminded to be ethical.
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