Artwork by Breana Glasson

Looking Again

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.

Artwork by Breana Glasson

Becoming A Child

I stood a woman grown and felt your call in me,
To repent and be cleansed, to choose to be free.
To travel toward innocence and become like a child,
Humble, submissive, gentle and mild.
To let go of vanity, selfishness and greed,
To give of myself and help those in need.
Softly you whispered, come follow me,
Let go of your sins and see as I see.
So I began to alter my soul,
Seeking my new childlike goal.
Placing your seed inside my heart,
I nurtured it daily and made a new start.
Growing and changing by the power of the Son.
Younger and sweeter my heart full of fun!
Less having, more giving, I shared every day,
Less entertainment, more time to pray.
Nurturing my seed into a small tree,
Young and beautiful living in me.
Onward I marched following my dear King,
A skip in my step, I started to sing!
Looking back He shot me a grin,
My sister my child, your soul I did win!
Together we now journey each day,
My new tree inside, my childlike way.
Kept within me is the gift of true love,
Given to me by my God above.
He is the way for each soul to find,
A childlike heart, gentle and kind!

Written by Michelene Glasson

"And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things."3 Nephi 11:37

"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. " Matthew 18:3

I love this video it is thought provoking. One of the women said, "When it feels that I am in the right place, doing the right things; meaningful things, I automatically feel beautiful." I don't think she was planning on bearing a testimony of truth when she chose to be interviewed by Dove, but that is exactly what she did. Her witness of truth is one we should all remember. To be beautiful is to live with purpose, to fill our days with service, to offer love to those around us.

This talk is amazing! I love Jeffrey R. Holland and I am so very grateful for his apostolic witness of truth. Please listen to this talk and let his reassurance have place in your heart. His plea is God's plea, “I plead with you young women to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not! But as one adviser to teenage girls said: “You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you. When you let people’s opinions make you self-conscious you give away your power. … The key to feeling [confident] is to always listen to your inner self—[the real you.]” And in the kingdom of God, the real you is “more precious than rubies.”

The Young Women's Theme beings with the words, "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us." We are so important to our Heavenly Father that He wants us to memorize and repeat His love for us regularly. I want to tell every daughter of God today, you're beautiful. Don't wait to acknowledge your divine nature, don't wait to rejoice in the temple of your body. Don't wait to see yourself through God's eyes. He has shown His feelings for you, He has declared your worth again and again. Believe Him and let His love lift your heart. One of the most beautiful moments of my life was when I heard Dieter F. Uchtdorf make this beautiful declaration of truth, "My dear sisters in the gospel, whether you are 8 or 108, there is one thing that I hope you truly understand and know: You are loved. You are dear to your heavenly parents. The infinite and eternal Creator of light and life knows you! He is mindful of you. Yes, God loves you this very day and always." Tears ran down my cheeks as this beloved apostle of God reassured me that I was loved. I believe him. I testify that every daughter of God is beautiful, precious and dear to her Heavenly parents.