Recently, the Young Women of the Church added a new value to the seven they’ve had since my days in the program—virtue. I had the privilege of attending the general conference session devoted to the young women this last April, along with my daughter. We were both very inspired by the presentation. I was touched at the way our leaders are so inspired and know what we need, when we need it. What trait could we possibly need more at this time than virtue?
As we drove home, I talked to my daughter about virtue. I wanted her to understand every aspect of it. We talked about sexual purity. We talked about keeping our thoughts clean and attuned to the Spirit. We talked about the way our clothing, our hair styles, and the music we listen to detract or add to the Spirit in our lives. My daughter shared her feeling that she wants to live a life of virtue so she can have the Spirit in her life always, and I recommitted myself to the same goal.
Only a short time later, I received a copy of “Women of Virtue” in the mail. This was a welcome addition to my “to-read” list, as it covers the topic that had been on my mind so much over the previous week.
The author, Jodi Marie Robinson, starts out with the premise that “true beauty is felt more than it is seen.” I hadn’t really thought about it—beauty and virtue going together? But that is exactly the message of the book. It is our virtue that makes us beautiful, and it’s the only kind of beauty that counts.
As we go through the book, we read countless quotes from our modern day prophets who affirm the role of women in today’s world and their earnest desire that we not succumb to society’s idea of what makes a beautiful woman. They plead with us to remain strong, yet spiritually sensitive. They urge us to influence others with our righteous examples. They remind us that the fates of our families lie in our hands, and that we can be the determining factor as to whether our children go into the world prepared or not. Virtuous women are truly beautiful, and this book is a powerful reminder of that.
If you are looking for a Mother’s Day, birthday, or just-because gift for that woman in your life who may or may not know how beautiful she really is, grab a copy of “Women of Virtue.” You’ll make her day.
(This book was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort.)