Monday, May 14, 2012

VIRTUE is BEAUTIFUL

I've had some difficult times in my life.  Because of those I've turned to the Lord a lot.  He has blessed and strengthened me and...because of my righteous desires, blessed me with some special and sacred spiritual gifts.  I prize those more highly than life itself.

One of the spiritual gifts to which we can all aspire is the gift of discernment.  It's multifaceted and can mean several things.  This past year I have come to know more surely how it can mean the discerning of light within a person.

Light within a person is the most beautiful thing there is.  Light emminates from the Lord as a result of putting Him first and living a life of virtue.  VIRTUE is BEAUTIFUL.  In fact, it's the only thing of TRUE beauty and results in peace of mind, loveliness and hope. 

“Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven....The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever” (D&C 121: 45–46).

Is there a greater promise than this?  It is magnificent and worth any and all sacrifices to achieve it. 

Many things in this current world are far from virtue and beauty.  How much of current music, books, theater, movies etc. can we say is 'lovely, and of good report and praiseworthy'?   Do we spend more time 'justifying' our disobedience to this counsel than we do trying to heed it?

Modesty is part of virtue.  It's a GIFT that the Lord has given to us to keep us safe, out of harms way, and holy.  We would do well to consider if we are modest in word, thoughts and attire.

Worldly standards mostly do not keep up with the Lord's desires for His children.  Most of us understand that - yet many are caught-up in the middle of it. 

A few weeks back I attended a niece's wedding in the Salt Lake Temple.  I was grateful for the beauty of the grounds, the bright spring flowers, the fountains and blue sky.  It was a very busy Saturday at the Temple and many weddings were being held.  After each ceremony the bride and groom would meet their extended parties outside of the Temple to take photos.  I was saddened and disheartened at the immodesty of some of the 'bridesmaids' dresses.  One particular group were in near mini-skirts;  immodest by church guidelines and uncomfortable for those around them who were in tune to the Spirit.  (The Spirit is offended by disobedience as are those in-tune to it.)

I wondered how any young bride - preparing to be married in the Temple - could think that short skirts would be appropriate for a Temple wedding or reception.  I also wondered if her parents or any of the brides maids or their parents would have said something.  This was not an isolated individual.  This was a group of 7-8 young women - who certainly should have known better.

When we seek to justify sin - the Spirit withdraws.  Perhaps He did try to warn them. And, perhaps they didn't listen.

I truly know for myself because of the gifts of the Spirit - the beauty of light and truth and VIRTUE.  It is more glorious than any earthly thing.  It elevates the person to higher ground and provides them more access to spiritual things.  We do ourselves a disservice when we choose to disobey this counsel.

1 comment:

  1. This was a powerful post on a very timely subject. I work in the temple and have seen what the Bride wears into the temple and wonder who is teaching about modesty. Where are the mothers.
    Virtue is beautiful!

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