Wow Darla, once again you hit the nail on the head and offered much hope in the mix. I'm going to share this on Facebook. Thanks. Love, Patricia
Great concept to compare these 2 myths, and I really liked when you added the scriptures about the different parts of the body. I might not be the hair or the nose or the most obvious parts of the body, I might be a blood vessel to the heart that can't be seen, but that the body can't function without, despite my physical limitations. Love you dear friend.
Interesting how you point out the internalization of the great and spacious building. We can generate enough shame about our appearance or accomplishments without stepping a foot out the door. Its still about pride, not the world's but our own private heap.
On seeking that one ideal of physical perfection....We have agency in ridding ourselves of scars, wounds and imperfections in the resurrection. I can see a woman who dies in 21st century America completely disapproving of a resurrected woman from 15th century Europe. Most people will never fit the ideal of their time and place on earth.
As to the temporal...We spend money we don't have on things we don't want to please people we don't like.
This applies to women as well as men, and is a constant source of comfort to me:
Ether 12:27 -- And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.Add to that the concept of Christ's grace allowing us to practice in improvement instead of attaining perfection effortlessly and it makes it much easier to accept that we're on the right road, where the destination lies beyond the horizon of death, rather than right around the corner.
Beautiful article. I need to be reminded constantly of the true principles set forth, especially about the Atonement and Christ's saving grace. Thank you, Darla.
Great article.... wishing every woman could read this.
Thank you fir writjng this excellent peice!!
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