A good New Era article is like a good lasagna—meaty with just the right amount of cheese. Or is it cheesy with just the right amount of meat? Anyway, I would turn your attention to an article in this month’s New Era that seems to have the right recipe. It’s made up of two small articles written as anonymous “notes” like those that might get passed around at school. “A Note to the Good Guys, A Note to the Good Girls” contains a list of things that a young woman or young man secretly admires about someone of the opposite sex who is upholding Church standards. (By the way, these particular notes have bylines, so they apparently are real and weren’t made up by the New Era editorial staff.)
I guess the idea behind this article is to strengthen these good guys and good girls so that they know their goodness is being noticed and admired. If it helps just one boy or girl feel better about continuing his or her efforts to keep high standards, it will have been worth it.
Personally, I recall the girls I admired in high school because they quietly did the things they knew were right. I particularly admired the ones who weren’t ever mean to anyone and who didn’t take on worldly or trendy styles and attitudes. And, yes, I really appreciated the ones who dressed, talked, and acted modestly. Of course, many of these things applied equally to LDS and non-LDS girls, but I suppose I had higher expectations of the ones I knew to be LDS. I can only imagine that the girls felt the same way about the guys around them.
After reading these notes, think of the reasons you admired certain people you knew in your teen years, and add to the list.