Character Qualities

The following list is an improved version of a document entitled “Operational Definitions of 49 Character Qualities,” previously¬†available at I have added LDS scriptures and other information to make it more complete. NOTE: This is a work in progress.

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Alertness vs. Unawareness

Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right response to it

Attentiveness vs. Unconcern

Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions

Availability vs. Self-centeredness

Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving

Boldness vs. Fearfulness

Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God

Cautiousness vs. Rashness

Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions

Cleanliness vs. Dirtiness

Providing a clean temple in which the Holy Spirit may dwell

Compassion vs. Indifference

Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others

Contentment vs. Covetousness

Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness

Creativity vs. Underachievement

Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective

Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness

The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God

Deference vs. Rudeness

Limiting my freedom in order to not offend the tastes of those whom God has called me to serve

Dependability vs. Inconsistency

Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means unexpected sacrifice

Determination vs. Faintheartedness

Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time regardless of the opposition

Diligence vs. Slothfulness

Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it

Discernment vs. Judgment

The God-given ability to understand why things happen

Discretion vs. Simplemindedness

The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences

Endurance vs. Giving up

The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish God’s best

Enthusiasm vs. Apathy

Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit

Faith vs. Presumption

Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it

Flexibility vs. Resistance

Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God or others

Forgiveness vs. Rejection

Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me

Generosity vs. Stinginess

Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes

Gentleness vs. Harshness

Showing personal care and concern in meeting the need of others

Gratefulness vs. Unthankfulness

Making known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life

Hospitality vs. Loneliness

Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life

Humility vs. Pride

Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are responsible for the achievements in my life

Initiative vs. Unresponsiveness

Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it

Joyfulness vs. Self-pity

The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord

Justice vs. Fairness

Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws

Knowledge vs. Ignorance

Allowing God to teach me what He knows, through study, prayer, and faith

Love vs. Selfishness

Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward

Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness

Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve

Meekness vs. Anger

Yielding my personal rights and expectations to God

Obedience vs. Willfulness

Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority

Orderliness vs. Disorganization

Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency

Patience vs. Restlessness

Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving Him a deadline to remove it

Persuasiveness vs. Contentiousness

Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks

Punctuality vs. Tardiness

Showing high esteem for other people and their time

Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness

Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard

Responsibility vs. Unreliability

Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me

Reverence vs. Disrespect

Awareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me

Security vs. Anxiety

Structuring my life around that which is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away

Self-control vs. Self-indulgence

Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit

Self-worth vs. Self-loathing

Knowing that I am of infinite worth because I am a child of God

Sensitivity vs. Callousness

Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me

Service vs. Selfishness

Using my efforts to serve others instead of myself

Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy

Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives

Thoroughness vs. Incompleteness

Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected

  • Proverbs 18:15
  • Scripture Lessons in Leadership – A Leader Keeps A Record
    (NOTE: “It is very hard to remember exactly how things were at certain times in our lives. By recording our feelings and thoughts and events as they occur, we can have an accurate record of our youth to read later on.” Source )

Thriftiness vs. Extravagance

Not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary

Tolerance vs. Prejudice

Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degrees of maturity

Truthfulness vs. Deception

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts

Virtue vs. Impurity

The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey God’s Word

Wisdom vs. Natural Inclinations

Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s frame of reference

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