Spell Girl came home this week from a church activity with some great make up tips and this amazing quote...
"What makes a woman beautiful? The world tries to convince us that cosmetics, perfume, jewelry, fashionable clothing, diets, and even surgery are necessary for beauty. While some of these fashion aids are desirable and lovely, they can change only surface appearances.
The gospel teaches us that true beauty is more than skin-deep. A young woman whose countenance is aglow with both happiness and virtue radiates inner beauty.
If happiness is the most attractive accessory a young woman can have, then a smile would have to be the most charming cosmetic. Make up, if applied tastefully and in moderation, can enhance appearance. But no amount of eye shadow, lipstick or mascara could possibly compete with the natural attractiveness of a genuine smile. It brightens the room. It cheers others. It communicates friendship, love and optimism so much more than any cosmetic ever could. It puts people at ease and is welcoming. Truly in the world of glamor, there is no close second to a genuine smile.
Our Father in Heaven sees our divine nature. We are His children. The way He sees us, because of His love for us, is perfect. The mirror which He holds constantly before us, if we will only raise our sight to look, is the one in which we should trust. Its image is always true and never distorted. He reminds us, as He did Moses, "Thou art my son (or daughter)" Moses 1:4.
I LOVE that quote. And I LOVE that my girls have that in their minds now. I found that quote on a piece of paper in Spell Girl's room and thought it might end up in some pile somewhere, never to be referred to again. But guess what?! When I was taking my parental liberties and snooping through her emails today, I saw that she had re-typed it into several emails to two friends as well as her grandparents. (insert sigh of delight here)
Wanna see what young women with inner beauty look like??