I've had a little bit of a wake up call from the workshop I did over the weekend for the Mrs. Idaho Pageant. I have been looking on the internet for hours trying to find cocktail dresses and evening gowns that I could wear with my garments. I'm not gonna it hasn't been very frustrating to look at litareally hundreds of dresses that are to short, sleeves to small, no sleeves, no back and so on. I've tried on several evening gowns and every time there is something that doesn't work with my garments. I recognize that a large percentage of people don't care whether it has sleeves or a back or its halfway up their thigh so its understandable that alot of dresses are not made garment worthy.
The part that is an eye opening experience for me is how many people don't understand that even for one night I am not willing to change who I want to be and what I am for a dress. I am a daughter of God and I want to do everything in my power to show my children that that is something so special and important in our lives. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a blessing beyond words. It has given me strength when I didn't think I could go on, it has shown me more happiness being dressed up in a pretty dress going to prom or doing a pageant. It is something that I hold dear to my heart and am always striving to be a better servant for my Heavenly Father.
In today's world I think there are so many things that can distract us from what is truly important. Being a role model for a positive influence is what my goal is for my children, family and women in general. Coming back to the dress, I was told multiple times that if I just took of my garments off for one night then I could where the dress and wouldn't have to alter it or find a different one. Each time I firmly said "I will not take my garments off" and each time the person I was speaking to seemed just a little annoyed with the fact that it seemed like I was making things harder. When in reality by making the choice from day one to not remove my garments so I could wear something that was in style or for that special occasion I have been blessed with a love for the gospel, a love for my savior and a love for my self. I can look in the mirror knowing I made the right choice for me and for my children.
So even though this is about evening gowns and cocktail dresses, I feel that I have a responsibility to be an example to all women, LDS or not, that sticking to the things you believe in will taking you places you could have never dreamed of. Don't let someone talk you out of your beliefs for just one night and don't talk yourself out of something because its to hard. You will be blessed in your life for sticking up for what you believe in and for being an example of a strong woman.