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Modesty is a Two Way Thing

Modesty seems to be something that a lot of people talk about. How there is a lack thereof, why it doesn't matter, why it does, what is even the reason for modesty, and many more things. Of course, as an LDS member, or as a "Mormon", I have this all figured out. For myself.

     I think that modesty is a big deal. Not just because it helps guys keep their thoughts clean, and because I believe it shows God that I respect the gift that is my body. But also because I think that dressing modestly helps me feel the Holy Ghost (same thing as the Holy Spirit). I believe that dressing modestly and being modest can help me stay close to the Lord.

     Wait a sec. I just said "dressing modestly, and being modest" as if those are two separate things... I mean, aren't they pretty much the same? Ok. One sec here. What am I even saying?

     Ok, I'm talking about modesty. Dressing modestly seems to be pretty much what everyone is concerned about. When people talk about being modest, they always seem to be talking about clothing, or the lack thereof. So, I guess when I said those two very similar things "dressing modestly" and "being modest" I really am talking about two rather different, though related things. 

     In my mind dressing modestly is a really easy thing to do. I mean, it's pretty straightforward. Either your parents (or church) have standards and you follow them, or you have dress standards, or perhaps you don't care. But, anyway it is pretty simple to dress as you think you should.

     Interestingly people seem to think this modesty issue is only the girl's problem. But I find this ridiculous. Not because it is just as easy for guys to dress provocatively (which is the main reason people talk about modesty), but because modesty is more than just a dressing issue. 

     Modesty has everything to do with not only how you dress, but how you act, what you say, and the things you choose to read, listen to, watch and simply be. Modesty is a two-way thing. But, not only in the way you dress. Guys can be modest by simply choosing to not watch videos with immodest people or to not make crass jokes. I think everyone who is concerned over the modesty issue should realize that its a two-way thing, and it doesn't necessarily always apply to just fashion.

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