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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Beauty

"I believe in the beauty of personal virtue. There is so much of ugliness in the world in which we live. It is expressed in coarse language, in sloppy dress and manners, in immoral behavior which mocks the beauty of virtue and always leaves a scar. Each of us can and must stand above this sordid and destructive evil, this ugly stain of immorality." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "I Believe," Ensign, August 1992, p. 4

"As I have traveled about the world this year, from Europe to the Orient, and as I have come back to Salt Lake City, I have been made aware that no matter where we live, God has created a world of much beauty. We should each, now and then, stand still and contemplate his wondrous works; perhaps in so doing we will begin to see life in its eternal perspective." — Barbara B. Smith, "New Lamps for Old," Ensign, April 1976, p. 67

"When last did you observe a tiny rosebud form? Each day it develops new and impressive character, more promise of beauty until it becomes a majestic rose. You are one of the noblest of God’s creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be." — Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy in Life," Ensign, May 1996, p. 24

"If we are faithful and obedient while in this good and beautiful world, we will later inherit 'a far better land of promise' (Alma 37:45), 'a city... whose builder and maker is God' (Heb. 11:10), a city within which are 'many mansions' (John 14:2–3)." — Neal A. Maxwell,
"For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign, May 1988, p. 9

"This is a glorious world in which we live. It was created by God through his only Begotten Son, with its heavenly bodies and their functions. The earth with its abundance of flowers, its adornment of beautiful trees and shrubs; the majestic mountains; the mighty oceans; the sun and its great functions; the stars and planets in the heavens—yes, they are all the handiwork of God. All these things bid us have joy. Man, however, is the greatest of all God’s creations. The Lord God told Moses: 'This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39.) Man is God’s son, his daughter. All these other things are just provisions for the accomplishment of his great purpose." — Joseph Anderson, "The Road to Happiness," Ensign, May 1975, p. 31

"What a glorious thing is life, surrounded by the beauties of the world in which we live. There is beauty in the mountains, the woods, and the lakes. There is beauty in the sea with its never-ceasing tides; beauty in the skies filled with fleecy clouds, in the sunshine and in the rain; beauty in the morning, the day, and the night. As the seasons come and go, we find beauty in the freshness of spring bringing new life to all nature, and beauty in the glory of the summer. Autumn ushers in an array of color before the silent winter brings its blanket of white. There is beauty everywhere if we look for the beautiful." - Howard W. Hunter, "Conference Report," April 1970, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.7

"Has the Lord supplied mankind with beauty? Anyone who doubts it need only to open his eyes to the sunrise and the sunset and his ears to the sound of rain and wind, to marvel at the colors of the flowers and the rainbow, to perceive the variety in the scenery of the desert and the forest, the fields of grain, the mountains, rivers, and oceans. At this time of year we are beginning to thrill with the new life of springtime, and as we lose ourselves in the teeming life about us, we become a part of it.

"All the earth, with no sterility in it, gladdens the heart. In our concern as our brothers keeper, we can help one another understand the gift of beauty which is ours. Let us take the time to see and to feel and to enjoy all that God has created for us." - John H. Vandenberg, "My Brothers Keeper," Ensign (CR), June 1971, p.63

"Enrich your life with the beauty around you. There is such an abundance of it: the resplendent breaking dawn welcoming a fresh new day, the abundant arms of a blue spruce adorned with golden medallions from adjacent aspen, shimmering ripples in a mountain lake transformed by the brilliant sun, a hushed stillness of a forest glen bathed in moonlight, the exuberance of a child at play and the love in his mothers eyes. 'Rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks.' (D&C 98:1; see 1 Thes. 5:16.) 'And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.' (D&C 78:19.)" - Richard G. Scott, "He Lives," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.87

"I want to mention a sensitivity to beauty as vital to real joy. If you want to be really happy, learn to be sensitive to beauty; to poetry; to trees; to the great Western scenes; to God's great creations; to what goes on in the street and the kitchen, as well as in the sky and on the tree trunk; to the out-of-doors; to things that live." - Marion D. Hanks, "How To Be Happy," October 18, 1961, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1961, p.7

"A spiritual-minded man is observant of the beauty in the world around him. As the earth was organized, the Lord saw that 'it was good.' Then, 'It was very good.' (Gen. 1:4, 31.) It pleases our Father in Heaven when we, also, pause to note the beauty of our environment, which we will naturally do as we become more spiritually sensitive. Our awareness of grand music, literature, and sublime art is often a natural product of spiritual maturity. In poetic allusion to the theophany of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, 'Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees takes off his shoes.' (In John Bartlett, "Familiar Quotations," 11th ed. (1937), 4)" - Douglas L. Callister, "Seeking the Spirit of God," Ensign (CR), November 2000, p.30

By seeking the Lord through prayer and through his holy scriptures, we learn to look for the beautiful and to develop positive attitudes. We achieve guidance in the building of our foundations and our lives.

As we live righteous and unselfish lives, the Spirit of the Lord enters our souls and then radiates from us. We become beautiful, even as a holy temple is beautiful. And as missionaries we can help others to become beautiful. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings.” (Isa. 52:7, Mosiah 12:21, 3 Ne. 20:40.) - Keith W. Wilcox, "Look for the Beautiful," Ensign (CR) May 1985

Not long ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley, in a commencement address at BYU—Hawaii, admonished graduates to “stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” (Church News, 3 July 1983, p. 10.) He pointed out that we can be negative and look for the ugly in life and the faults and failings of those around us, or we can develop positive attitudes and see the beautiful in life and the good, the strong, the decent, and the virtuous in people, which brings joy and happiness. It is a matter of attitude. - Keith W. Wilcox, “Look for the Beautiful,” Ensign (CR) May 1985

Men and women in all parts of the world have a desperate need to take time from their demanding routines of everyday life and to quietly observe God’s miracles taking place all around them. Think of what would happen if all of us took time to look carefully at the wonders of nature that surround us and devoted ourselves to learning more about this world that God created for us! - M. Russell Ballard, “God’s Love for His Children,” Ensign (CR) May 1988

Socrates was a very homely man, and he prayed to the Lord and said, "Make me beautiful within." We have all seen plain people who have been made beautiful by the working of a radiant spirituality. A godly spirit will make the plainest body beautiful. Great mental and spiritual qualities transform our bodies into their likeness. - Sterling W. Sill, "To Die Well," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p. 46

Members of the Church are to seek after loveliness. We do not seek a veneer painted on by a worldly brush but the pure, innate beauty that God has planted in our souls. We should seek after those things that endow higher thoughts and finer impulses. - James E. Faust, "We Seek After These Things," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.43

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