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I grew up in a pretty traditional and conservative home. My mom accepted God’s sacrifice (John 3:16) when I was 4 years of age, and my dad re-dedicated his life around the same time. I have gone to church for what seems like forever. My first memories take me all the way back to that big church from my childhood.
Just because I have always gone to church does not mean that God and I have always been close. I was a rebel and pushed every limit that I could – TV shows, movies, music, even the limits of what was permissible in the clothing department. Yes, I tried to wear short things, tight things, things that were not age appropriate or showed too much of me to others.

My mom was very careful about what clothes were purchased for me. No plunging necklines. No short shorts. My swimsuits were always non-revealing. My bellybutton was firmly encased in fabric. While I tried to push the limits of my wardrobe, my parents were quick to send me back to my room to change if I were out of bounds.

Thomas S. Monson said “You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful – both in your dress and actions.”

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT) says,  “Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from wordly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior and they will give honor to god when He judges the world.”

If you are reading this and you are a parent, grand parent, auntie, etc. – please know that one of the best things that you can do for the young ladies in your life is to teach them to value themselves. Encourage modesty. We aren’t talking about being ashamed of yourself. We are talking about being respectful of yourself and others. Yes, you are going to make them mad when you make them change or refuse to purchase something that is not acceptable. You will likely hear the words “I hate you” or “I wish I was never born.” It’s tough to go against the flow of mainstream. It’s even tougher when you are being forced to go against the mainstream.

Take heart, the hate isn’t real and it doesn’t last forever. Your job is to teach and protect. Do your job, and God will honor your effort.


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