A short story on the honesty of a young boy was run in the sports illustrated in 1989. 7-year old Tanner Munsey was playing first base during a T-Ball game in Wellington, Florida. He tried to tag a runner going from first base to second but couldn’t. The umpire, although called the runner out. Tanner then went to the umpire and told her that he had not succeeded in tagging the runner. She reversed her call.

Two weeks later, in another match, the reverse happened. This time Tanner had tagged the player but the umpire called him safe. She looked at Tanner and asked if he tagged the runner. He told her he had. She immediately called the player out. When the audience retorted, she told them that she believed the kid’s honesty enough and told them the last game’s incident.


“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.” ― James E. Faust

Honesty isn’t something that is bound by age or social status. The result may not be immediate, but the universe doesn’t lose even a single good deed. It’s remembered and properly rewarded.