06 December 2013

It is a pretty weak girl if she has only her body to attract somebody. -Spencer W. Kimball

I whole-heartedly believe that the way one dresses speaks volumes of what one thinks about themselves, and how consistent one is with their beliefs. I think it speaks equal volumes regarding the respect they have for others, and of course themselves. I believe it says everything of what one considers their body to be, which, fyi, shouldn't be an object on display for the whole world to see. 

When I was younger, I'm sad to say I didn't appreciate the significance of modest clothing as I should have. I honestly didn't consider modesty a concept worth worrying about until I truly began to see and recognize the love my Father in heaven had for me. It was by my Father's love I began to understand my worth as His daughter, and it was only by understanding my worth as His daughter, I truly began to cherish that role.

When I see outrageously skin-tight clothing, or shorts that aren't really shorts, and swimsuits that aren't really there, I think one thing I think... you know, that lovely daughter of God hasn't yet discovered her worth, or she hasn't yet come to appreciate who she is. When a woman comes to the realization of who she is and what makes her matter, the amount of clothing one wears and the skin we reveal is irrelevant. I say this like I know this - because I was once that girl.

Maybe it's something you only learn over time. Some perspectives only come with experience; and maybe this perspective is one of them. But from someone who has been on both sides, I know the importance of modest clothing, and to be perfectly bold, with the rise of pornography and the destructive objectifying of women, those who are immodest are not only justifying these things, but encouraging it. And to be even more bold, dressing immodestly is entirely selfish on our part, selfish to our Father in heaven who - in purity - created us reverently and righteously, and selfish to future generations, who will lead by our example.

Recently, I have been fortunate enough to coordinate with some clothing companies, who's intent is to promote modesty. I feel very blessed and privileged to be a part of something so encouraging, and am happy to participate. At the top of my blog, there is a link that says: #promotemodesty. I will be posting pictures along with links to clothing websites, in an effort to support them and what they represent. I would love for you to be a part of it with me, so regularly come and check out what is new.

"Modesty in dress is one of the identifying characteristics of true saints.  It is an aid in preserving chastity and an outward sign that the modest person is imbued with humility, decency, and propriety.  Immodesty... is an outward sign that the immodest person has become hardened to the finer sensitivities of the Spirit and been overcome by a spirit of vanity and pride."
-Bruce R. McConkie