Modesty and virtue are qualities that are universally recognized as essential for the proper development and success of individuals and nations.

We must teach the young ones these values so that they will grow up to be responsible and productive members of their communities and nation.

The teaching of these sacred values must begin in the home. Indeed our parents are usually our first teachers. They must be the first to lead in the crusade to impart these desirable qualities in their children. To get their children to imbibe these qualities, parents must lead by example. These values must become their second nature. These virtues must reflect in their own lives.

When we talk about modesty, we mean being decent and not boastful. We need to dress modestly so as not to draw sexual attention.

Virtue refers to the moral excellence of a person. It encompasses everything that makes up a person’s character. We need virtuous people. They make strong families and nations. A virtuous person is one who has such qualities deeply ingrained in his life: honesty, integrity, courage, kindness, forgiving, service, humility, diligence, peaceful and loving among others.

These virtues are precious but are fast disappearing in our society today. Immorality has eaten so deep into the fabric of our society. The way our young ones dress leaves much to be desired. But no one seems to care.

People who are supposed to be role models seem to be endorsing immodesty by dressing in similar ways. For instance,some of our actors and actresses dress in ways that leave vital parts of their bodies exposed. This can arouse sexual feelings in themselves and those around them.

We were made in the image of the Master Craftsman. We must therefore strive to be like him. Our bodies are sacred; we must therefore dress modestly and keep ourselves pure and virtuous.

We should frown on indecent dressing. I mean wearing transparent clothes or wearing dresses which leave our bodies (breasts) partly uncovered. People who cannot resist temptation can commit sin.

Provocative dressing violates the law of chastity which demands that we remain in sexual purity. The power of procreation is a gift from God and is reserved for only those who are lawfully married. Sex within marriage is divinely approved. Premarital sex or sex outside of marriage is a serious sin.
There are situations that can lead to the breakdown of moral values. For instance, a young boy and a young girl who are together in a secluded place. It can lead to fornication.

To remain chaste, our desires and thoughts need to be wholesome. We should not read or watch immoral magazines, pornographic materials such as sex videos on TV or the internet. We should not listen to music that can arouse sexual feelings. These can tempt us to commit sexual sins.

We should be watchful of those we associate with. Look for those who are Godly and will treat you with respect and not a thing to satisfy their lustful desires. Being in the company of immoral people will eventually make you an immoral person. They will impart wrong values to you.

We must teach our children to appreciate the value of being morally clean. It is important that we find time and look for every opportunity to teach these truths about modesty and virtue to our children.
We should pay attention to what the Lord says on this: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up.” (Deut.6:5-7).

In D&C 93:40-43 the word of God counsels us as follows: “But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth. But verily I say unto you, my servant Frederick G. Williams, you have continued under this condemnation; You have not taught your children light and truth, according to the commandments; and that wicked one hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction. And now a commandment I give unto you- if you will be delivered you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house.”

We have a responsibility to teach modesty and virtue to our children. We should regularly interview our children and help them find answers to issues on morality and virtue. We should lead by example and let these values reflect in our own life.

In conclusion, here is my favourite quote on modesty and virtue; “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Yours in inspiration,

Source; Abundant Robert K. AWOLUGUTU
Correction Officer, Priest & Author
Email: [email protected]

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