Sister Elaine S. Dalton tells of how she learned as a young woman what true beauty means. “As a young woman,” she tells the girls in her audience, “you were born to be a queen.”
Elaine S. Dalton is president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Young Women is the Church’s program for girls aged 12 to 18.
Read Sister Dalton’s full address “Remember Who You Are!”, excepts from which appear below.
Elaine S. Dalton was inteviewed for a recent edition of LDS Living magazine — you can read the story here.
There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.
On a fall day in Huntsville, Utah, I learned about what I now call “deep beauty”—the kind of beauty that shines from the inside out. It is the kind of beauty that cannot be painted on, surgically created, or purchased. It is the kind of beauty that doesn’t wash off. Deep beauty springs from virtue. It is the beauty of being chaste and morally clean. It is the kind of beauty that you see in the eyes of virtuous women like your mother and grandmother. It is a beauty that is earned through faith, repentance, and honoring covenants.
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. When you are worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost, you are confident and your inner beauty shines brightly.
Recently, a group of young women visited my office. At the end of the visit, one young woman confided with tears in her eyes, “I have never thought of myself as beautiful. I have always felt very ordinary. But today, as I walked past the mirror in your office and glanced into it, I was beautiful!” She was beautiful because her face shone with the Spirit. She saw herself as our Heavenly Father sees her. She had received His image in her countenance. That is deep beauty.
Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. Live so you are worthy. Develop deep beauty.