I had the awesome opportunity to do a shoot with some of my beautiful EFY girls! I spent three summers being an Especially For Youth counselor and learned so much from these incredible girls! I asked them all why modesty was important to them and each of them shared some awesome insite. Read on to see how these beautiful and strong girls feel about the importance of dressing modestly.
Justina: “I dress modestly to let others know that I hold high standards, and that I love myself and my Heavenly Father enough to keep my body sacred.”
Crystal: “Growing up in Colorado, it was pretty hard to find clothes that covered most area’s. It didn’t seem very important to others to cover up so why should it matter to me? It’s hard finding modest clothes and l knew l would stand out. I was raised LDS and in my church, we have certain standards that we try to uphold. In the For The Strength of Youth, it says, “Your body is sacred. Respect it and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you love Him…When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and you can be a good influence on others. Your dress and grooming influence the way you and others act. Never lower your standards of dress. Do not use a special occasion as an excuse to be immodest. When you dress immodestly, you send a message that is contrary to your identity as a son or daughter of God. You also send the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval. I know that l am a daughter of God. I want to be modest because it is what He expects of me. I know that it is the right thing to do. Although it is sometimes hard, it is worth it. The Lord is worth it.”
Lynzee: “Modesty is knowing that you don’t need to draw attention to yourself by what you wear to be beautiful. Being modest means you know your identity as a child of Heavenly Father and he loves us for who we are and not how we appear.”
Kirsi: “Being modest helps me describe who I am. if I dress modest people will treat me with respect. its important to me because my body is a temple and I need to treat it like one. you can still be beautiful if you dress modest and respect it! we are beautiful daughters of our heavenly father!”
Brynna: “We live in a world filled with classless people who have the wrong idea of what true beauty is. Pure beauty is inside and out. We need to prove to the world that ladies with standards still exist. Why show off your body when you can show off the light of your personality instead?”
Rachel: “Modesty is important to me, because it not only helps me feel comfortable, it helps others who are around me feel comfortable and helps them to know my standards. When I am modest I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing and how I’m wearing it. It’s easier to be me when I’m modest! People find out who I am by my personality and not by how I wear my clothes.”
Marinda: “I am modest because I know I am a Daughter of God and I want to dress in a way which shows that I am proud to be His daughter. I also want to be comfortable in my clothing and make sure others are comfortable to be around me.”