I have my first blog topic request! Thank you Aunt Jill for making me feel special. Her group of young women have a great activity planned to go and visit the Fresno temple. For part of the activity they will be focusing on Modesty.
Memories. Being a teenager. Modesty. Parental units.
It was a challenge I may or may not have struggled with. To this day, my dad's voice echoes in the back of my subconscious.
"But dad! Technically these shorts do drop down to my knees! Why can't I wear them???"
"Because, Jess, boys are PIGS!"
Ha ha ha! That was always my dad's go-to trump card to end all wardrobe discussions when he didn't want to argue anymore.
We all know part of the reason to dress modestly is to not attract the wrong kind of attention. But forget about boys for a second... Take that entire argument out of the equation and I will tell you why it is important to be modest in appearance.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? ... The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
More than the little details about shorts to the knee or covering your shoulders because the prophet tells you to, being modest is about showing respect and love for your body and realizing this amazing blessing you have truly been given.
I mean... sit down and really THINK ABOUT IT for a second. We can run and feel the burn in our muscles. We can taste the tingling sensation of sweetness on our tongues. We can shut our heavy eyelids and drift into wondrous worlds of dreams. We can experience the shock of jumping into a pool of cold water, or soak in the warmth of sun rays in the summer. Our stomachs twirl with delight on roller coasters. Goosebumps rise off of our skin when we are touched by powerful experiences.
Can you imagine someone in the preexistence who still hasn't been blessed yet with the gift of a body? This beautiful, sacred creation your Father in heaven has given you? We were in their position once, excited and restless to come down to this earth and experience the union of body and spirit creating a soul. Do you appreciate it and look towards your mirror's reflection with love and gratitude? Do you respect it by taking care of it and dressing it in a way that is uplifting?
Think of a gift you put a lot of effort into and then watched the person who received the gift not show any appreciation for it. How did it make you feel?
I have given up on getting gifts for my husband. He has his specific Amazon wish list of gadgets and gizmos a plenty. When I try to get him something from the heart, it is usually returned and upgraded for his preferred model. LoL. I love that guy's bones. But when it comes to gift-giving, he doesn't make it much fun for me.
Let's show our Heavenly Father how much we appreciate this wonderful gift he has given us!!
Here is a pin from Pinterest that I fell in love with! I get so excited finding things that are both modest and cute. Click HERE for tips to elevate your summer outfits.
If there is ever a question about whether or not something is appropriate, I love this quote from the YOUTH STANDARDS booklet:
Ask yourself, “Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?”
Elder Robert D. Hales said, "Just as the temple grounds portray the sacredness and reverence for what takes place inside the temple, our clothing portrays the beauty and purity of our inner selves."
PERSONAL PROGRESS: Dress and appearance are emphasized in the following experiences and projects