“True Beauty - How Do You Get It?”

  • 10 February 2012

“Deep beauty springs from virtue. It is the beauty of being chaste and morally clean,” says Sister Dalton.

The quest for beauty is nearly as old as mankind—or probably womankind. Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told young women the source of true beauty in her 2010 General Conference message, “Remember Who You Are”.

“The world places...emphasis on physical attractiveness and would have you believe that you are to look like the elusive model on the cover of a magazine,” said Sister Dalton. “The Lord would tell you that you are each uniquely beautiful. When you are virtuous, chaste, and morally clean, your inner beauty glows in your eyes and in your face.”

In a world where “beauty secrets” are sought and bought daily, Sister Dalton talked about the source of deep beauty:

“We have been taught that 'the gift of the Holy Ghost ... quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections. ... It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features.'* Now, that is a great beauty secret!”

Sister Dalton's message is not just for Mormon youth. “All human beings, male and female,” states the Church's Proclamation on the Family, “are created in the image of God. Each is a spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.”

To all who would listen, Sister Dalton says, “Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don't compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen.”

Hear some of Sister Dalton's remarks in the video Deep Beauty.

Read "Remember Who You Are".

*Parley P. Pratt, Ket to the Science of Theology, 10th ed. (1965), 101; emphasis added

Photo credit: “Smiling young women,” LDS Women.Org