YW Pres. Dalton: Virtue begins in heart and mind

"Give me a young woman who is virtuous and who has maintained her personal purity, who will not settle for anything less than a temple marriage, and I will give you a young woman who will perform miracles for the Lord now and throughout eternity." — President Ezra Taft Benson

Following a recent talk on the Christlike attribute of virtue to a mixed audience of youth, young adults and families, a young woman approached me afterwards and said, "Sister Dalton, you talk of virtue, but don't you realize that being virtuous in not possible or realistic in today's world?" As I looked into her eyes I saw her sincerity and also her pain.

In response to her question, I asked another: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?"

When she responded that she did, I shared my testimony that because of Him, it is possible to be virtuous and if one has not been virtuous, because of Him it is possible to "return to virtue."

I explained that the Savior has shown us the way by setting a perfect example for us to follow. And He has given each of us the invitation to follow His example and to become like Him. He came to the earth to make it possible for each one of us to return to live with God again. When we make a mistake it is possible to repent because of His infinite Atonement. And while repentance is not easy, it is possible because of Him.

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