An Oldie but Goodie

on 29 October 2009

So, I actually read this old conference talk (from 2005) and it made me feel all weepy (of course, I read it whilst hormonally imbalanced but it's still good!) so I thought that I would share.

"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! ... sisters, you are our greatest examples and resource for young women. And if you are obsessing over being a size 2, you won't be very surprised when your daughter or the [young woman] in your class does the same and makes herself physically ill trying to accomplish it. We should all be as fit as we can be--that's good Word of Wisdom doctrine. That means eating right and exercising and helping our bodies function at their optimum strength. We could probably all do better in that regard. But I speak here of optimum health; there is no universal optimum size."

  • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the 12 Apostles

2 comments:

Katrina said...

perfectly put!

Sarah said...

Oh how I loved that talk! (Especially since Alayna had been born just a few months before!) Thanks for the reminder - I really needed it right now. Time to start thinking about healthy instead of thin. :)