Well, modestly seams to be a touchy subject. For me, it is black and white. I teach my children that it is important to be modest. We teach them from the time they are born on, because in my mind, there is not other option.
We respect and love ourselves. We respect and love our Father in Heaven. We show this by being modest in dress, grooming, language and actions.
We teach our children to keep their bodies covered. We don’t run around showing our underwear. We don’t pull our shirts up to have our tummy showing. We wear shirts under dressed or other shirts that don’t cover the shoulders. We wear dresses, skirts and shorts down to the knees, or longer if they like. We feel this is important to teach our children, girls and boys, how to dress when they are young so they can govern themselves as teens and adults. The specifics we choose to set in covering our bodies will become important when our children wear garments as an adult.
You may be wondering what garment I’m talking about. Many religions wear clothing to show their faith, their position in church, or as a personal reminder beliefs. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we wear white underclothing, similar to shorts and T-shirts, as a personal reminder of our faith and the covenants we have made with Heavenly Father. Also, as a bishop, preacher, pastor, reverend and others usually wear clerical clothing, our church is a lay ministry. As our congregational leaders have an occupation outside of their role in the church. Wearing the garment has some of the same advantage you may draw from clerical vestments. Due to employment in different occupations, we wear ours under the clothing instead of outside.
We teach our children to take care of their body. We bathe, brush hair, teeth and take care of our bodies.
Language can affect everything. We strive to teach our children to be polite and gentle in their words. Yelling, name calling and rude tones are things we strive to keep away from our home. We all struggle at times (after all we are not perfect), but we feel it is important to respect others with our words.
I believe we show respect to ourselves, our family, our friends, and our Father in Heaven when we are modest in our lives.