Category Archives: Dress and Appearance

Dress and Appearance Segment Closing Post

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Dress and Appearance segment! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm ET. The topic will be Dating and the segment will most likely last for two weeks, until Sunday February 21.

Before you let this topic rest, ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” Write what you think of down. It can be a specific instance, a favorite quote, a feeling, a thought, whatever it is, write it down. I find it helps me to put the hard work into perspective, seeing how much it has helped.


Finally, to end the segment, I really like the way that Robert D. Hales describes the topic in his talk Modesty: Reverence for the Lord.

Of course we don’t need to dress like missionaries all of the time. There are certainly times when modest casual clothing is appropriate. The point is this: How we dress affects how people react to us. It also demonstrates where our heart and spirit really desire to be.

How we feel on the inside shows on the outside. We show love and respect for ourselves and others by our attitude, speech, and dress. We show love and respect for Church leaders and ward or branch members by speaking, dressing, and behaving in a manner that does not bring inappropriate attention to ourselves. We show love and respect for friends and associates when our language, dress, and behavior are not provocative or unduly casual. And we show love and respect to the Lord through humble dress and behavior. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).


~ George

Daily Reminder on Dress and Appearance: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.

“Show respect for the Lord and yourself by dressing appropriately for Church meetings and activities. This is especially important when attending sacrament services. Young men should dress with dignity when officiating in the ordinance of the sacrament.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today I, ____________________, will dress appropriately for church meetings and activities.

For Men:

I, ____________________, will dress with dignity as I pass, prepare, and/or bless the sacrament.


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O Thou Rock of Our Salvation

Hymns, O Thou Rock of Our Salvation, no. 258

  • 1.The Lord gave me a temple to live within on earth.
    Once in Heaven I was spirit, but I left my home at birth.
    I’ll make my temple brighter; I’ll keep my spirit free.
    My body is the temple my Father gave to me.
  • 2. If I keep my body clean and pure and habit-free,

    I may in Father’s temple claim blessings promised me.
    On resurrection morning, I’ll take my body bright
    And in celestial glory forever live in light.

Words: Donnell Hunter, b. 1930. (c) 1969 IRI

Music: Darwin Wolford, b. 1936. (c) 1969 IRI


Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?

Daily Reminder on Dress and Appearance: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.

“Never lower your standards of dress. Do not use a special occasion as an excuse to be immodest” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and tomorrow, I, ____________________, will not lower my standards of dress. I will not use a special occasion as an excuse to be immodest.


“From the beginning, the Lord has asked His children to cover their bodies. After Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened and they became aware that they were naked. Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with simple aprons made of fig leaves. But the aprons were not enough, so the Lord made them more modest coats of skins. (See Genesis 3:7, 21.)”God had a higher standard then, just as He does now. His standards are not those of the world. As He says in Isaiah 55:8–9:

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

““For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”…

“Modesty is one of the Lord’s “higher ways”… not [just] a passing social trend.” – Modesty: A Timeless Principle for All by Silvia H. Allred


Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?

Daily Reminder on Dress and Appearance: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.

“If you are not sure what is appropriate to wear, study the words of the prophets, pray for guidance, and ask your parents or leaders for help.” – For the Strength of Youth

Two equally good options, this one:

As I, ____________________, go throughout this segment, I will study the words of the prophets, pray for guidance, and ask my parents and leaders for help with keeping the Lord’s standard of modesty.

Or this one:

As I, ____________________, go throughout this segment, I will study the words of the prophets, pray for guidance, and ask righteous friends for help with keeping the Lord’s standard of modesty as needed.


“Today’s technology also allows us to use wireless telephones to exchange information rapidly. Recently Wendy and I were on assignment on another continent when we learned that a new baby had arrived in our family. We received the good news minutes after that birth had occurred half a world away.

“Even more amazing than modern technology is our opportunity to access information directly from heaven, without hardware, software, or monthly service fees. It is one of the most marvelous gifts the Lord has offered to mortals. It is His generous invitation to “ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”” – Ask, Seek, Knock by Russell M. Nelson


Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?

Daily Reminder on Dress and Appearance: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.

“Do not disfigure yourself with tattoos or body piercings. Young women, if you desire to have your ears pierced, wear only one pair of earrings” – For the Strength of Youth

(Women)

I, ____________________, commit to not disfigure myself with tattoos or have more than one pair of earrings.

(Men)

I, ____________________, commit to not disfigure myself with tattoos or body piercings.


This is the very first declaration on the matter of tattoos and earrings made in General Conference, a moment that I know many of those reading remember at least vaguely:

“Now comes the craze of tattooing one’s body. I cannot understand why any young man—or young woman, for that matter—would wish to undergo the painful process of disfiguring the skin with various multicolored representations of people, animals, and various symbols. With tattoos, the process is permanent, unless there is another painful and costly undertaking to remove it. Fathers, caution your sons against having their bodies tattooed. They may resist your talk now, but the time will come when they will thank you. A tattoo is graffiti on the temple of the body.

“Likewise the piercing of the body for multiple rings in the ears, in the nose, even in the tongue. Can they possibly think that is beautiful? It is a passing fancy, but its effects can be permanent. Some have gone to such extremes that the ring had to be removed by surgery. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve have declared that we discourage tattoos and also “the piercing of the body for other than medical purposes.” We do not, however, take any position “on the minimal piercing of the ears by women for one pair of earrings”—one pair.” – “Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children” by Gordon B. Hinckley


Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?