Friday, February 1, 2008

Beauty to God

"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 cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizons of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth." - President Gordon B. Hinckley

I love this quote! Nothing more beautiful or more inspiring! God has created some very awe-inspiring and beautiful things. A sunset on a summer evening as the colors of the sky blend together in soothing pinks and oranges. A bright rainbow right after a spring shower, the air smelling as fresh as a newborn baby. These are beautiful and so inspiring to me. Yet, according to Pres. Hinckley a person who knows she is a daughter of God and lives her life in accordance with His teachings is even more beautiful and inspiring than these scenes. I can never turn myself into a sunset or a rainbow, but I can become the type of woman Pres. Hinckley describes here. I love that he did not say that it was a women who always had her hair done perfectly in the latest fashion, who had flawless skin, and always dressed in style. This is the type of woman the world trains us to believe is the most beautiful, but this woman is impossible to become! It is just another of satan's tactics to drag us down and make us feel bad about ourselves. Thankfully we have been taught that "the Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)