Friday, May 25, 2012

Modest Is the Hottest

When we think about the principle of modesty, our first thoughts often turn to the youth of the Church. However, I believe these standards are equally important to live by no matter what stage in life you may be in.

I just discovered one of the most fun Church resources I’ve ever seen: the sister missionary dress code website. I know, it sounds crazy, but let me explain.

In a Relief Society training meeting, Sister Julie B. Beck (former RS General President) mentioned that she’s received many questions regarding the standard of modesty. In the meeting, she answered by suggesting we all look at this website with the guidelines for the sister missionaries. She said if that standard of dress was good enough for missionaries, it was good enough for us, too.

What I find helpful about this website is its many pictures giving examples of current trends that are modest. This helps me know what to look for at the store. The website also explains in more detail some of the more “gray” areas of the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet’s section on modesty.

Here’s the link. Check it out if you’ve got a minute; it’s amazing. J

One of my favorite quotes regarding modest dress is by Elder Robert D. Hales:

“The next time you approach the temple, pause to look at the temple grounds. Have you ever considered why the temple is surrounded by beautiful plants, reflecting pools, and architecture? They give an outward presence and feeling that prepares the patron for the sacred ordinances that await inside the temple. Even if a temple is in the center of a large city, the architecture outside separates the building from surrounding structures.

“Our clothing is equally important. It is the 'landscaping' for presenting our bodies as temples. 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. How we dress portrays whether we have proper respect for temple ordinances and eternal covenants and whether we are preparing ourselves to receive them.”

Even though dressing modestly is sometimes hard and can seem like a nuisance, I know that when we are dressed appropriately we are blessed with an added measure of the Holy Ghost and greater ability to resist temptation.

Have a fabulous day, and remember modest is the hottest, no matter what your age may be.


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