Modesty for a Beach Body

After visiting the beach (where I am vacationing in San Diego for the past week), I’ve noticed that some girls don’t hesitate to wear very, very  small swimsuits. Whether it’s a one piece that’s low-cut or a two piece bikini with a bottom that looks like a thong, it’s makes me very uncomfortable to go to the beach where girls/women feel the need to wear revealing swimsuits.

Swimsuit shopping can be difficult for girls in the church when it comes to modesty and covering up. It’s often asked why we bother to cover up and how we should feel comfortable showing skin. Modesty, whether it be swimsuits or clothes, is for our benefit as well as those around us. Some believe that women are told to cover up because it’s a distraction or those with certain body types shouldn’t wear revealing clothes. In truth, we cover up to show respect for the bodies that Heavenly Father created for us.

Wearing less clothing shouldn’t be a way for girls to be more confident with their bodies. We aren’t being punished when we are asked to wear a modest swimsuit or longer shorts. It’s a way to show respect for ourselves and appreciate our bodies. We shouldn’t dress to gain the attention of boys or the approval of society. We should dress for ourselves and to honor our bodies.

After being at the beach for a few hours, my dad commented on how he appreciates how my sisters and I dress when we go to the beach. He talked about how we appeared to have more self-confidence than the other girls on the beach who dressed more immodestly.

We’re following the counsel of the prophet and his counselors as we choose to obey the modesty standards the church has set. By dressing modestly, I’m less worried about what I look like in a swimsuit and am more concerned about having fun.

Has there been a time where you were grateful for dressing modestly?

Has there been a time where someone questioned you choosing to dress modestly? 

Share your experiences in the comments!

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Hi! My name's Kate Verhaaren. I'm going to be a Senior at Skyline High School. I love to draw, write, play sports, and sleep. I also love looking for opportunities to spread the gospel and help others!

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  • Karen W
    July 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Yes, you are so right! I recently visited my old class in California where I went to school up until two years ago when I moved to Utah, and while I was there the class happened to be going on a trip to a water park, and I was invited to attend with them. I was very excited, but when I got there I became very uncomfortable because of all the immodest swimwear. There were three other lds girls in my class besides me, and we were the only four girls in the entire class that were not wearing bikinis. We stood out a lot in the park, but I felt proud that we were respecting our bodies more and we were setting an example for the girls.

  • Ruth Mitchell
    July 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Ha Ha! We live in San Diego and I know what our beaches look like. Whenever we see anyone wearing a one-piece on the beach we assume they are Mormon. One of my all-time favorite photos is of my daughter at a running camp. There are about a dozen girls all in bikinis and right in the middle is my daughter in a bright pink one-piece. It says so much about her high school experience (the only Mormon in her grade) and willingness to stand out and stand strong because of her knowledge that she’s a daughter of God.

  • Anne Wolfe
    July 8, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I used to live in Hawaii. The beach that was near our house was a big tourist spot. There were always lots of people wearing bikinis. Not only is it revealing, but with strong currents and strong waves I wouldn’t be surprised if their bikini came right off. We have been counseled by the Lord because he knows what is best for us. Thanks for this article!