“A woman not of our faith once wrote something to the effect that in her years of working with beautiful women she had seen several things they all had in common, and not one of them had anything to do with sizes and shapes. She said the loveliest women she had known had a glow of health, a warm personality, a love of learning, stability of character, and integrity. If we may add the sweet and gentle Spirit of the Lord carried by such a woman, then this describes the loveliness of women in any age or time, every element of which is emphasized in and attainable through the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “ Jeffrey R. Holland, To The Young Women, October 2005 General Conference.
As this is a new year, and I am always looking for ways to improve myself, I think that while I have most of list of characteristics as described by Elder Holland, I can take his list and examine how I can improve upon these characteristics. I have quite a way to go to get to the glow of health part! There are many women in my life that are truly beautiful because they possess these particular qualities in abundance. I remember when I was younger, a woman moved into my ward. I'm ashamed to say my first impression of her was, "She is quite a homely woman." As I got to know this person, her kindness and personality soon made her sparkle for me. From the time she moved into the ward to the time she moved out, she became lovely in my eyes. Physically, nothing really changed about her. It was me that changed. I was the beneficiary of her generous spirit and I was able to see her with new eyes - I think I caught a glimpse of how Heavenly Father saw her. I realized then that beauty really does come from within. We can all be lovely, every one of us.
This reminds me of the scripture in 1 Samuel 16:7, "...for not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the looketh on the heart."
The Lovely Women of my family