Artwork by Breana Glasson
I look in the mirror and see what is wrong,
My chin is to weak, my forehead to strong.
My legs to curvy, my eyes to big,
My hair would look better if I wore a wig.
My sagging, dragging tired skin,
I'm too fat, I should be thin.
With discontent I looked at me,
Unable to view what heaven can see.
My daughter beautiful, unique and grand,
Your dazzling smile, the way you stand.
The graceful turn of your chin,
I see you there and have to grin.
Your sacred body like your spirit above,
Created by me with perfect love.
I look and see your familiar face,
And smile as I view heavens grace.
Then I hear your shout of pain,
And turn once more to see distain.
I look again at my dear child,
And weep at words untrue and wild.
My hand created your perfect form,
And from your lips I hear a storm.
Like lightening coming forth to me,
My God your beauty I will not see.
Tears fall as I reach out with care,
I touch your mind to try and share.
Be still my child of light divine,
You are royal and made to shine.
Touching your eyes I whisper, please see,
My daughter you're dear to me.
Once this gift was all you sought,
Do not let beauty be forgot.
Looking again at my form,
Love stills in me the raging storm.
I touch my face with tender care,
I see creations beauty there.
No flaws to find, but beauties light,
With reverence I behold the sight.
My lips whisper my God I see,
The gift of life you've given me!
Written by Michelene Glasson
The poem I shared today reflects my own experience with viewing myself. There was a time in my life when I repeated the words of the enemy regarding my appearance. His words about my body became mine, his lies held a place in me and affected the choices I made. In 2003 when Tanner was about 6 months old I chose to have a breast lift and augmentation. This decision reflected the sin of vanity within myself. The definition for vanity is; inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance. I was more interested in looking good than being good at this point in my life. I spent lots of time at the gym and very little time reading my scriptures. I was focused on my outward reflection and neglected the light within me that could grow and shine for all to see. Today I am a different person and if I could go back I would tell the vain, proud woman about to make the decision to alter the sacred temple of my body, to stop, to pray, to read the words of apostles, to consider the sacred gift of life and the sanctity of the workmanship of God’s own hand. I can’t go back and undo my own choice but I can bear testimony and offer my light to someone else and hopefully help them to see clearly and avoid the sin of vanity.
In Breana’s art piece the young woman looking in the mirror has a snake wrapped around her, the snake represents Satan. Her reflection seen through Satan’s lies is not true, she isn’t seeing herself as God sees her. This is exactly what I did. We need to remember that Heavenly Father will never give us negative thoughts about our body. If we are having thoughts of dissatisfaction with the temple God has created to house our spirits the thoughts are definitely coming from the enemy. He who has no body and never will seeks to diminish our joy in the sacred gift that God has given us. He seeks to lead us to defile our temple by altering it. He seeks to appeal to our carnal nature and encourage us to value our appearance and ignore the divinity within.
Satan wants us to focus on our appearance, on the trivial and trite. God wants us to look up, to stand for truth and righteousness, to live honorably, to serve, to lift, and to love our fellow men. I hope as daughters of God we will seek to live like our Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s spend our time building up those around us and His kingdom. Let’s live the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ and nurture the divinity within. I testify that as we seek to love others and follow our King we will be beautiful. We will shine and we will have joy! Joy can’t be purchased or seen in mirrors it is found through Christ.