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Simple Gospel Truths That Will Help You Love Your Body As It Is

So much of what we watch or read today trains us to find fault with our bodies. But here are some eternal gospel truths that might help to combat some of those negative messages.

We are literally children of God. After all the wonders of the Creation—after dividing the light from the darkness and the waters from the firmament; after creating the grass, herbs, and plants of every kind and creatures in every variety—then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” and God created male and then female (see Genesis 1:26–27).

And as God’s crowning creation, we should recognize our physical bodies as a sacred gift. In an article to the youth of the Church, President Gordon B. Hinckley marveled at the miracle of the human body and mind. “Have you ever contemplated the wonders of yourself, the eyes with which you see, the ears with which you hear, the voice with which you speak?” he asked.

“No camera ever built can compare with the human eye. No method of communication ever devised can compare with the voice and the ear. No pump ever built will run as long or as efficiently as the human heart. No computer or other creation of science can equal the human brain. What a remarkable thing you are. You can think by day and dream by night. You can speak and hear and smell. Look at your finger. The most skillful attempt to reproduce it mechanically has resulted in only crude approximation. The next time you use your finger, watch it, look at it, and sense the wonder of it” (“The Body Is Sacred,” New Era, Nov. 2006).

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