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. 

—Author Unknown

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