Only one member of the church of Christ has ever been elected President of the United States, James A. Garfield. When he was a young man, an aged friend gave him a slip of paper containing a list of rules. It is said that Garfield cherished and practiced these rules throughout his life. They are reproduced here in brief:
- Make few promises.
- Always speak the truth.
- Never speak evil of anyone.
- Keep good company or none.
- Drink no intoxicating liquors.
- Good character is above everything else.
- Be honest if you would be happy.
- When you speak to a person, look into his eyes.
- Live within your income.
- Never run into debt unless you see your way out.
- Good company and good conversation are the essentials of virtue.
- Good character can be injured by our own acts.
- If evil is spoken of you, let your life refute the falsehood.
- If your hands cannot be employed, attend to the cultivation of your mind.