Virtuous Women

Reading: “A Return to Virtue,” Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President, October 2008 General Conference, Sunday Morning Session

The standards of the world and different than the standards that we hold ourselves to as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  As such, we are expected to hold ourselves “unspotted from the world” by consuming better media, dressing more modestly, speaking more civilly, and by treating others as the Savior would treat them.  In her talk Sister Dalton encourages all of us, especially the young women, to continue to uphold this level of virtue in an increasingly vice-filled world.

As I was reading this the question that kept bugging me is: what is virtue?  What does it look like?  How do I have it?  Virtue is a very general word and if I want to really increase my virtue I need to get more specific.  The following is the definition of virtue as found in good old wikipedia:

Virtue is moral excellence. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting individual and collective well-being, and thus good by definition. The opposite of virtue is vice.

When we talk about virtue in the church we usually mean a general goodness of person, abstaining from vices we think are inappropriate, such as pornography, violent media, drugs, and alcohol.

Here are some ways that I, personally, am “virtuous” and/or areas that I could be more “virtuous.”

  • Having patience with others.
  • Wearing modest clothing and having a clean appearance.
  • Abstaining from watching violent or salacious TV shows and movies
  • Abstaining from reading or watching inappropriate content online.
  • Increasing my knowledge through good books, websites, and podcasts.
  • Keeping my home in order.
  • Keeping myself in shape through exercise.

The one virtue I think I could expand upon today is exercise. Exercise is a virtue because it keeps my brain working right and my body pain-free, and is the opposite of laziness, which is a vice.  It may not be as important as other virtues, but it is the one I can think of where I could improve the most. With the winter coming I’m having a hard time figuring out how to exercise in bad weather, especially now that I have a baby.  Today I’m going to figure out some way to exercise even though it is raining and cold.

What virtues do you practice in your life, or could you improve?

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