The Importance of Inner Beauty
by Tracy Bassett / ga08302008
Last night we had a "Back To School Beauty Night" for our Young Women's Mutual Activity. Little did the girls know it was going to be an "Inner Beauty Night"!! It turned out better than I could have hoped for. We had 11 Young Women show up!!!!! That is an amazing number for us!! We even had a couple inactive girls come!!
The evening started with me giving a mini lesson on Inner Beauty and they really listened. I LOVE it when that happens. I started with "story time" and read The Friend I Could Have Been. I think they really "GOT IT"!! Then we proceeded to talk about why I read that story to them and why kindness is so important. Next, I shared a part of Susan W. Tanner's talk The Sanctity of the Body with them...
I remember well the insecurities I felt as a teenager with a bad case of acne. I tried to care for my skin properly. My parents helped me get medical attention. For years I even went without eating chocolate and all the greasy fast foods around which teens often socialize, but with no obvious healing consequences. It was difficult for me at that time to fully appreciate this body which was giving me so much grief. But my good mother taught me a higher law. Over and over she said to me, “You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others.”
There it was. She was teaching me the Christ-like principle of selflessness. Charity, or the pure love of Christ, “envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own” (Moro. 7:45). When we become other-oriented, or selfless, we develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in our outward appearance. This is how we make ourselves in the Lord’s image rather than the world’s and receive His image in our countenances. President Hinckley spoke of this very kind of beauty that comes as we learn to respect body, mind, and spirit. He said:
“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 honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth” (“Understanding Our Divine Nature,” Liahona, Feb. 2002, 24; “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women,” Ensign, Sept. 1988, 11).
I asked them what kindness had to do with inner beauty and some of them really understood this concept and the rest "got it" by the end of the lesson. I also used excerpts from Open The Circle, it was an excellent outline for this discussion!
Next, I gave the Young Women this handout on Beauty Tips by Audrey Hepburn...
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Also, this fun little reminder about speaking kind words with some lip gloss...
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The last handout were these cute little locker mirrors. I asked the girls as they looked in their mirrors at school to ask themselves if they were being kind, if they were being a good friend, if they liked who they saw in the mirror and most importantly to remember who they were....daughters of a Heavenly King!!!
Now, let the party begin. We had sack lunches for the girls to eat and Karaoke Fun for all!!! It was a FANTASTIC activity and I'm so glad the girls really understood the importance of Inner Beauty!!!