True Beauty

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Today’s #TruthExperiment2017 post was so full of wisdom that all women need to hear! I hope you love it as much as I do.
Jan 18, Day 13
I have been pondering on this quote for quite some time. When my mom shared it with me, it hit me with great force… the spirit testified of it’s truth to my heart.
In our society there is so much focus on the outward appearance. Proving this scripture to be true…
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Surface Beauty = Approval of Others
Deep Beauty = Approval of God + Self Respect
We were designed to appreciate beautiful things. Everything is beautiful. Everyone is beautiful.
The Definition of Beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from
     [1] sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.)
     [2] a meaningful design or pattern, or
I love that last definition—- True beauty is when high spiritual qualities are manifest.
“I plead with you young women to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not! But as one adviser to teenage girls said: “You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you. When you let people’s opinions make you self-conscious you give away your power. … The key to feeling [confident] is to always listen to your inner self—[the real you.]”8 And in the kingdom of God, the real you is “more precious than rubies.”9 Every young woman is a child of destiny and every adult woman a powerful force for good.
 I speak here of optimum health; there is no universal optimum size.
The world has been brutal with you in this regard. You are bombarded in movies, television, fashion magazines, and advertisements with the message that looks are everything! The pitch is, “If your looks are good enough, your life will be glamorous and you will be happy and popular.” That kind of pressure is immense in the teenage years, to say nothing of later womanhood.” -Jeffrey R. Holland, To Young Women
(Read the full talk HERE)
“Satan has unleashed a seductive campaign to undermine the sanctity of womanhood, to deceive the daughters of God and divert them from their divine destiny. He well knows women are the compassionate, self-sacrificing, loving power that binds together the human family. He would focus their interests solely on their physical attributes and rob them of their exalting roles as wives and mothers.” -Richard G. Scott, The Sanctity of Womanhood
(For the full talk HERE)
“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth” (“Understanding Our Divine Nature,” Liahona, Feb. 2002
“Happiness comes from accepting the bodies we have been given as divine gifts and enhancing our natural attributes, not from remaking our bodies after the image of the world. The Lord wants us to be made over—but in His image, not in the image of the world, by receiving His image in our countenances” (see Alma 5:14, 19).
-Susan W. Tanner, The Sanctity of the Body
For True Beauty, follow this wise counsel,
““You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others.” -Susan W. Tanner (said by her mother to her)
“Let us encourage every woman who questions her value to turn to her Heavenly Father and His glorified Son for a supernal confirmation of her immense individual worth. I testify that as each woman seeks it in faith and obedience, the Savior will continually prompt her through the Holy Ghost. That guidance will lead her to fulfillment, peace, and a consuming joy through magnifying her divinely appointed, sacred womanhood.” -Richard G. Scott
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