Thursday, August 13, 2009


President Boyd K Packer, Counsel to Youth
“Dress modestly; talk reverently; listen to uplifting music. Avoid all immorality and personally degrading practices. Take hold of your life and order yourself to be valiant.”

1 Corinthians 8:13
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, "Modesty: A Timeless Principle for All", Ensign July 2009
" also reflects our attitudes and values. ...the way we dress demonstrates our understanding of and commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ."

My Thoughts
The topic of modesty has been on my mind the last couple of months and today it was particularly tugging at me as I tried to concentrate on the discussion in Sunday school while being bombarded with inappropriate images from a couple of women in the class.

People often throw a fit when someone says women should not dress certain ways because it might give men bad thoughts. They feel men need to control themselves and not be perverts. That is true, but It is also true that we are our brother's keeper and the way we dress can turn into a safety issue. Not giving people bad thoughts is only one of many reasons to be modest.

I was just thinking today that when a woman dresses in a way that is meant to draw attention to herself or her parts when I have to be in a room with her or have a conversation with her, that it is rude. It is kind of like a smoker lighting up while you are talking to them or a child standing next to you tugging on you, calling your name while you are trying to have a conversation or pop up windows on web sites.

Even if one is not interested, it is constantly presenting itself in your face while you are trying to focus on something else.

Additionally, let's look at modesty from the stand point of the definition of modesty being, not drawing inappropriate or selfish attention to ourselves distracting from our covenant to take the name of the Savior upon us.

The Savior lead a modest life and gave the glory to God. Is our countenance about ourselves or about witnessing of the goodness of having God in our lives?

The Savior was not just modest in his choice of clothing, but also in conversation and behavior.

Don't look at pornography and don't be pornography either. Not in your dress or speech or behavior.

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