Modesty seems like such a hot topic lately. Maybe it's because we are approaching summer time when we have to put away our boots and scarves and brave the heat. As many women know, summer does bring its challenges when being modest.
I've seen articles saying that when we talk about modesty to young girls we make them feel like objects. I've heard that girls can dress how they want and it is the guys job to keep his thoughts clean. All of these are interesting points to consider but I think there is a little more to it.
One group of people that I don't see represented in the dialogue are many men and women out there that choose to be modest for their own selves and their relationship with God. I am sure they have come to believe that modesty has nothing to do with anyone else. And everything to do with creating an environment within ourselves where the Holy Spirit can dwell.
Recently I was reading in the book of Numbers, and when the Children of Israel moved their camps, Aaron and his sons were asked very specifically by the Lord to go into the tabernacle and cover the holy items.
You should read this chapter sometime. It's so interesting how insistent the Lord is that each sacred item is covered in a really specific way and with specific cloth.
Why do you think it mattered if they were covered?
I'm certain there are many reasons, and I'd love to hear what you think!
Another, probably disconnected thought about clothing, when a person graduates from high school or college, they are given clothing to wear to that ceremony. When someone goes on to gain a Master's Degree or other advanced degrees, they are given additional clothing to wear. Where do you think this tradition started? Likely it was out of convenience in staying warm, but I wonder if there is something more.
When we go to the temple, we know we are given additional clothing to wear. Essentially, it seems like the more we know, the more clothing we are given. We as Latter-Day Saints have been given so much knowledge through the additional scriptures we have, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price. Not to mention that we have modern-day prophets who teach us really specifically every six months and each month in the Ensign.
We have been given more knowledge, and maybe God asking us to wear additional clothing is a sign of that.
The more I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the more certain I am that each bit of doctrine is there to help us have a stronger relationship with the Holy Ghost, and through the Holy Ghost, we can learn the truth of all things.
One final note, you may love this episode from the Mormon Channel about modesty. It is Julie Beck answering questions about how to teach modesty.