Modesty

Your body is considered to be a temple. A temple is considered to be sacred. The Lord wants you to treat your body in such a way that it remains pure. One of the ways that you can keep your body sacred is by being modest. Modesty is a way of dressing that keeps parts of your body covered. It does not call attention and is the way we should all dress.

The prophets have always told us that we should dress modestly. If you dress modestly you can invite the Holy Spirit to be with you. Modesty can serve to be a good influence on others and on how others act. Lowering our standards sends a message that we do not value our bodies.

The For the Strength of Youth pamphlet states that immodest clothing is anything that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any manner. Young women should not wear shorts or short skirts that are above the knee or reveal the stomach. Blouses should not reveal the shoulders. Young men must also follow dress guidelines.

The fashions of the world will change, but the Lord’s standards will always remain unchanged. Our bodies should not be tainted with tattoos or body piercings. Young women should have only one pair of earrings. Dressing modestly shows respect for the Lord.

Church meetings and activities should be an example of how we should always dress. It is important when we are attending Sacrament services to dress in our Sunday best, particularly the young men who are passing the sacrament.

Nowadays, modest clothing is difficult to find. Most pants have holes in them or shorts are way above the knee, shirts are low cut or too short, and waist lines are too revealing. Some clothing displays bad advertisements.

In my country the indigenous women show modesty in their dress. They wear long skirts and blouses cover them. They are humble with their dress while following the customs of their people. Without knowing it they are following the Lord’s commandment of modesty. Even when they move to this country they continue their way of dress, substituting their indigenous skirts for any long skirt here. Their customs are not changed for the world, they remain true to who they are.

Modesty is important to me because it reflects who I am and what I want to represent to the world. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father and that I want to honor him. Choosing to dress modestly can be a challenge to youth, but if we keep the following scripture in mind, we can succeed: “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,” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).

 

 

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