Ever wonder where our idea of "beauty" comes from? Ever thought about where it should come from? Search the definition of beauty in the scriptures and in talks from our church leaders today and write about your thoughts in your journal. How does this definition contrast to the one our culture promotes? How will you define beauty? How will you reflect this definition this week and always?
Obviously, true beauty doesn't come from the outside. It comes from the Spirit. When you are virtuous, loving, kind, and chaste, that beauty glows from within you, and makes you beautiful. God has made each and every one of us. God doesn't make ugly things. We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father, and he sees us as we really are. Kind of like in Shallow Hal. When we start paying attention to our gifts and strengths, we start paying attention to how beautiful we really are.
Reading these talks and scriptures has really solidified the desire in me to be virtuous - to be the kind of woman that you would read about in scripture, or the kind of woman you would pay attention to during a fireside. I want to be that woman who defines herself by the gifts she gives - not by the physical "beauty" she was given.Scriptures
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."Remember Who You Are" ELAINE S. DALTON, YOUNG WOMEN GENERAL PRESIDENT.https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/general-young-women-meeting/2010/03/remember-who-you-are?lang=eng
Here are some excerpts:
The Lord’s counsel to Joshua is His counsel to you today, the “youth of the noble birthright.” 5 “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” 6 You are not alone! Though you may be the only Latter-day Saint in your school or your group of friends or even your family, you are not alone. You can rely on the strength of the Lord. As Joshua said to the Israelites, “Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” 7 This was Joshua’s call for a return to virtue, and it is the same call to us today. We simply cannot do the work we have been reserved and prepared to do unless we can access the strength and confidence that comes by living a virtuous life.
Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remember who you are! You are elect. You are daughters of God. You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.”
After we had finished, he leaned back in his chair and reached for his wife’s hand and said, “Now, young women, I would like you to meet my queen.” There seated next to him was his wife, Emma Ray McKay. Although she did not wear a crown of sparkling diamonds, nor was she seated on a throne, I knew she was a true queen. Her white hair was her crown, and her pure eyes sparkled like jewels. As President and Sister McKay spoke of their family and their life together, their intertwined hands spoke volumes about their love. Joy radiated from their faces. Hers was a beauty that cannot be purchased. It came from years of seeking the best gifts, becoming well educated, seeking knowledge by study and also by faith. It came from years of hard work, of faithfully enduring trials with optimism, trust, strength, and courage. It came from her unwavering devotion and fidelity to her husband, her family, and the Lord.
Recently, a group of young women visited my office. At the end of the visit, one young woman confided with tears in her eyes, “I have never thought of myself as beautiful. I have always felt very ordinary. But today, as I walked past the mirror in your office and glanced into it, I was beautiful!” She was beautiful because her face shone with the Spirit. She saw herself as our Heavenly Father sees her. She had received His image in her countenance. That is deep beauty.
I testify that as you draw close to the Savior, His infinite Atonement makes it possible for you to repent, to change, to be pure, and to receive His image in your countenance.