Study what beauty is from a gospel perspective. Start by reading “True Beauty” by Lynn G. Roberts (see lds.org) and 1Samuel 16:7 and 1 Corinthians 3:16. Journal: From your study, how do you think Heavenly Father defines beauty? Why might this be hard to internalize and believe?
WHY: God is our Heavenly Father, and He knows us better than anyone--He created us! He knows most intimitately how beautiful we are, and He will tell us if we seek Him. A relationship with Heavenly Father is essential if we are to truly understand beauty and our worth.
Click HERE to go the True Beauty article. It's way good, and I would recommend reading it. Some of my favorite parts:
- "Happiness is the most attractive accessory a woman can have...If happiness is the most attractive accessory a young woman can have, then a smile would have to be the most charming cosmetic."
- "Our Father in Heaven provides the perfect example of this principle. He sees our divine nature. We are His children. The way He sees us, because of His love for us, is perfect. The mirror which He holds constantly before us, if we will only raise our sight to look, is the one in which we should trust. Its image is always true and never distorted."
- "The virtuous smile is truly beautiful as it radiates in a totally natural way. This true beauty can't be painted on but is a gift of the spirit."
- "In pageants, there is only one declared the fairest of them all. But with the Lord there is no competition. All have an equal privilege to have His image engraven upon their countenance. There is no truer beauty."
1 Samuel 16:7--"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenace, or on the height of his stature; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
1 Corinthians 3:16--"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
Heavenly Father defines beauty not by what we look like but by our hearts and the inside of us. Let's face it, he created us all and he wouldn't have created anything that he didn't think was beautiful. He's perfect after all! It can be so hard sometimes though, because we live in the world and not with God, therefore we tend to try to impress the world a lot more than we try to impress God. I am more than guilty of this, believe me. But there is really only one person who we need to be looking beautiful for and that's our Heavenly Father. If we are trying to impress him, everything else will fall into place and others will see us as beautiful too...truly beautiful, not superficial.
In the past week I actually heard from two different people say that the only way we can define our worth is by what Heavenly Father thinks of us. We may be good at some things or have different things in our life, but things and talents may come and go and if that's what we define ourselves by, we'll never truly know who we are. The one truth in this world that will never go away is that we are children of God. That will never ever change. Look at this post on the Women's Services blog...it is really really great.
I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me...and I AM BEAUTIFUL!
“I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us--insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks;...He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other.”
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland