Sunday, February 24, 2008


I am reminded tonight of a story I heard years ago while attending Brigham Young University.

Karl G. Maeser the first president of BYU said, "I have been asked what I mean by 'word of honor'. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls--walls of stone, ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground--there is a possibility that in some way or another I might be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I'd die first."