Let’s Love Ourselves a Little More

The lesson is so simple, but it is also probably one of the most difficult to learn:  how to love ourselves for who we are.  We are daughters of our Heavenly Father and we are of divine worth.

Elaine S. Dalton said,

The world places so much emphasis on physical attractiveness and would have you believe that you are to look like the elusive model on the cover of a magazine. 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.

I’ve always loved this:

“A Woman’s Lifeline” :
Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an ugly duckling (Mom, I can’t go to school looking like this today!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” but decides she’s going out anyway.
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it so she’s going out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” but says, “At least I am clean,” and goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees “I am what I am” and goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70: She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter, and ability and goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
“The moral is, maybe we should all grab that purple hat a little earlier.” – M. Russell Ballard, Daughters of God

Let’s remember who we are, what truly makes us beautiful, and love ourselves a little more.

What are you doing to love yourself more?  How does knowing you are a daughter of God help you feel your divine worth?

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I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Toronto, Canada. I attended BYU and taught at the MTC. I love being a stay at home dance/basketball/football/soccer mom. I love the beach, anything chocolate, Santa Fe sunsets, and all things Jane Austen. I'm a big fan of BYU Soccer and I love teaching the gospel. I've lived in Utah, California, Connecticut, Florida, Montana, and New Mexico. My motto has become: "Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

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  • Hannah
    November 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful story you wrote. This has helped me be happier with the person I am today. It has helped me become a better young women. 🙂