Hello! This is the Dress and Appearance segment’s starting post. If you are new or would like a reminder of how everything is run with FTSOA, click here for a post on how it all works.
For those reading this post, as usual I recommend that you read to the end because I’ve written all the last paragraphs specifically for this segment.
- First off, this morning I said to ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” If you, like me, didn’t have time to, I suggest you do it now.
- For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Dress and Appearance by clicking here.
- The daily reminders, as well as new posts, will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
- You will be able to find previous reminders here.
There are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you every day that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:
I, ____________________, have read the For the Strength of Youth section on Dress and Appearance and commit to living the standards mentioned there today and every day until February 7, 2016.
It is very important to read the topic’s For the Strength of Youth section before committing to the program. There is also a second commitment that is based on the first paragraph in the Dress and Appearance section of For the Strength of Youth:
Today I, ____________________, will show my love to the Savior by respecting my body.
It is this 2nd commitment that will be sent every day. To help with the commitment, you may want to leave a note for yourself somewhere, perhaps a sticky note on your desk or a digital reminder on your phone, wherever you think that it would most help you keep your commitment to Dress and Appearance. There will also be an optional second post sent out at 3:00 pm ET each day which, if you read it, can help remind you to look back over your day to see how well you are keeping your commitment.
As I tried and tried (and tried) to think of an opening thought for this segment, I realized that I really don’t understand the principle of Dress and Appearance as much I had previously thought. Having realized that, I now am much more eager for the three coming weeks than I had been before, when I was just thinking of the word of the principle rather than the spirit of the principle. So in these coming weeks, try to do more than just live the word of the principle (wearing modest clothing, being clean, not having too many earrings, etc.) and also try to understand and live by the spirit of the principle. God only ever commands us to do things that will ultimately be for our good, and it is possible to find for ourselves what that good will be. That said, just try your hardest, first to live the word of the law, then the spirit of the law as you come to understand it. As we do this, the Lord is pleased and we will take another step on our path to Salvation.