Why Do I Choose to be Modest?

By Rachel

ModestBeing in high school, I am continually faced with the peer pressure of dressing immodestly. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I went shopping for my first prom dress. I was very excited as most girls are. Prom is a night you feel like a princess.   As I was picking out a dress, I chose one that we could alter. We added sleeves and some fabric to make it less low cut. The alterations made it a little more expensive but it was worth it. The night of prom, I was able to dance and have fun without having to adjust my dress. I felt comfortable with myself and because I felt comfortable, I was able to feel confident too. My date and I had a great time with our friends.

Modesty encompasses virtue in thought, language, and dress. Being modest means keeping your body sacred. It is respecting it and treating it as your personal temple. You show your love for God by keeping it clean and worthy. Prophets and apostles have consistently counseled us to dress modestly so that we can maintain the companionship of the Holy Ghost, be a good example to others, and to help us feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. Although being modest isn’t always what is “popular”, it has become an important part of my life.

Sometimes choosing to be modest may not seem fashionable or hip but there is a question I like to ask myself, “Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?” (For the Strength of Youth pg. 8)

I like this poem by Margaret D. Nadauld. It says:

Women of God can never be like women of the world.
The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.
There are enough who are coarse; we need women who are kind.
There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.
We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.
We have enough greed; we need more goodness.
We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.
We have enough popularity; we need more purity.

 I know that being modest will not only help you look confident, comfortable, and beautiful, but it will also bless your life as you follow the counsel of our prophet. Seek to be the tender, kind, refined, faithful, good, virtuous, pure women of the world.

This article has 11 comments

  1. Matthew Sterzer Reply

    I am so impressed with this blog and the stories! this has such a potential to be a source for good in so many ways!

  2. Josi Slade Reply

    Rachel this is so amazing! I am so grateful for your good example to me!

  3. Lauren Reply

    Way to go Rachel! So proud of you and the amazing young woman you are becoming. This blog is so great, genuine and honest. I love that the youth are getting out there and sharing their beliefs- you guys are total missionaries!!!

  4. Stephen B. Allen Reply

    I think Rachel has perfectly stated the case. Thank goodness for young women like Rachel who will be the future mothers and leaders of the next generation. We are in good hands.

  5. Marilyn Reply

    I know this isn’t easy. Shopping for any clothes is always a challenge. Your example is so appreciated. You will never know how many young women will be affected by your example

  6. Amy Robinson Reply

    My daughters adore and look up to you and the other YW of our ward. I am so thankful for the positive influence you are in their young lives!

  7. Dave Oka Reply

    Speaking from the male perspective, many years ago when I went to school dances, it was comforting to have my dates wear modest dresses. No worrying about embarrassing or awkward moments, just a lot of fun. Keep it up!

  8. Milla Reply

    WOW! Inspirational post!! I honestly don’t know why girls must choose prom night to wear some of the most disgusting dresses. I mean yours is STUNNING!! (and it being BLUE is a bonus cos its my fav colour!) Men may look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. I think God was proud of you dressing as you did. I know I am 😀

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