After visiting the beach (where I am vacationing in San Diego for the past week), I’ve noticed that some girls don’t hesitate to wear very, very small swimsuits. Whether it’s a one piece that’s low-cut or a two piece bikini with a bottom that looks like a thong, it’s makes me very uncomfortable to go to the beach where girls/women feel the need to wear revealing swimsuits.
Swimsuit shopping can be difficult for girls in the church when it comes to modesty and covering up. It’s often asked why we bother to cover up and how we should feel comfortable showing skin. Modesty, whether it be swimsuits or clothes, is for our benefit as well as those around us. Some believe that women are told to cover up because it’s a distraction or those with certain body types shouldn’t wear revealing clothes. In truth, we cover up to show respect for the bodies that Heavenly Father created for us.
Wearing less clothing shouldn’t be a way for girls to be more confident with their bodies. We aren’t being punished when we are asked to wear a modest swimsuit or longer shorts. It’s a way to show respect for ourselves and appreciate our bodies. We shouldn’t dress to gain the attention of boys or the approval of society. We should dress for ourselves and to honor our bodies.
After being at the beach for a few hours, my dad commented on how he appreciates how my sisters and I dress when we go to the beach. He talked about how we appeared to have more self-confidence than the other girls on the beach who dressed more immodestly.
We’re following the counsel of the prophet and his counselors as we choose to obey the modesty standards the church has set. By dressing modestly, I’m less worried about what I look like in a swimsuit and am more concerned about having fun.
Has there been a time where you were grateful for dressing modestly?
Has there been a time where someone questioned you choosing to dress modestly?
Share your experiences in the comments!