Written by Kylie
Words such as “virtue”, “modesty”, “integrity”, etc. are constantly thrown around with the assumption that we know exactly what they mean. However, these broad terms can be interpreted in many different ways. So what exactly is virtue? And what about it motivated a group of high school boys to sing and dance about girls who possess it? Simply put, virtue is integrity and moral excellence, power and strength, or sexual purity.*
Those who show integrity set high standards for themselves, and strive to keep these standards. Being virtuous is about keeping yourself clean and pure, in the language you use, the way you treat others, the media you watch, the activities you participate in, the clothes you wear, etc.
Modesty is an outward display of virtue. Many view wearing modest clothing as a restriction, arguing that women should be able to wear whatever they want and that they are not responsible for the thoughts of men. This is completely true. We all should be able to wear what we want; however, what you wear sends a message to those around you. Dressing modestly shows respect for oneself and an awareness of their worth as a person, rather than just a body. Swimsuit designer, Jessica Rey put it beautifully, “Modesty isn’t about covering up our bodies because they’re bad. Modesty isn’t about hiding yourself; it’s about revealing our dignity. We were made beautiful in His image and likeness.”**
Virtue is power and strength; those who strive to live virtuous lives grow to understand their divine nature as children of God, grow confident in themselves, and grow in their love for others because they view themselves as children of God as well. With virtue comes a confidence, a power, a light, and an energy that attracts others in a positive way, more than any outfit or makeover ever could. Virtue is an inner beauty that shines without. Those who recognize that beauty are those who will value you as a person rather than an object, and will build you up and inspire you to be better. This is the light that these young men recognized; through the self-respect, modesty, moral integrity, and virtue that they saw in the young women that they came in contact with, they saw daughters of God, with true beauty.
*guide to the scriptures: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/virtue?lang=eng&letter=v
**Jessica Rey’s speech on the bikini: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJVHRJbgLz8