In this month’s New Era, Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy has a message for girls about “True Beauty.” He tries to combat the message too often reinforced by our consumer/media culture that a glamorous appearance (through clothes, cosmetics, and so on) is the measure of beauty. He even dares to suggest that good men see happiness and virtue as keys to true beauty. He says:
“The world prizes body-baring ‘beauty.’ Hollywood markets it, advertisers exploit it, and the media promote it. The Lord, however, ‘seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart’ (1 Samuel 16:7). The kind of a man a virtuous woman wants to marry also ‘seeth not’ as the natural man seeth.”
Anyone who is married knows that Elder Robbins is right. Anyone who has a daughter knows he is right. Anyone who has any sort of loving relationship with any woman knows he is right. Individual tastes in looks, hairstyles, clothing, and other outward things will vary, but any man (or woman, for that matter) who is honest will acknowledge that a woman’s true beauty does indeed come from the heart. It’s a corny concept, I know. But its corniness doesn’t make it any less true. And I hope that the teenage readers of the New Era take this message to heart.