Return to Virtue

 virtuous
[.] VIR'TUOUS, a. [.] 1. Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice; as a virtuous man. [.] 2. Being in conformity to the moral or divine law; as a virtuous action; a virtuous life. [.]
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Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

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Virtue “is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards.” It encompasses chastity and moral purity. Virtue begins in the heart and in the mind. It is nurtured in the home. It is the accumulation of thousands of small decisions and actions. Virtue is a word we don’t hear often in today’s society, but the Latin root word virtus means strength. Virtuous women and men possess a quiet dignity and inner strength. They are confident because they are worthy to receive and be guided by the Holy Ghost."


Could it be that we have been slowly desensitized into thinking that high moral standards are old-fashioned and not relevant or important in today’s society? 

Could it be that we have been deceived by false role models and persuasive media messages that cause us to forget our divine identity? 

Are we...being poisoned by degrees? 

What could be more deceptive than to entice women, young and old, you and me, to be so involved in ourselves, our looks, our clothes, our body shape and size that we lose sight of our divine identity and our ability to change the world through our virtuous influence? 

What could be more deceptive than to entice men—young and old, holding the holy priesthood of God—to view seductive pornography and thus focus on flesh instead of faith, to be consumers of vice rather than guardians of virtue? 

The Book of Mormon relates the story of 2,000 young heroes whose virtue and purity gave them the strength to defend their parents’ covenants and their family’s faith. Their virtue and commitment to be “true at all times” changed the world!    Sister Elaine S. Dalton, A Return to Virtue

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Virtue
Integrity and moral excellence, power and strength (Luke 8:46), or sexual purity (Moro. 9:9).