“The Light in Their Eyes”: Kindling Your Inner (and Outer) Beauty

Years ago, President Faust shared the story of the building of the Jerusalem Center. The Church agreed with the Israeli government that church members visiting the center would not proselyte to local people. But, one person made the insightful comment: “Oh, we know that you are not going to proselyte, but what are you going to do about the light that is in their eyes?”

You may have noticed that good members and missionaries have that light about them. This light beautifies all who have it, although it isn’t just a matter of physical appearance. The light is part of an inner beauty that comes from living the gospel.

As founder and writer for a blog on inner beauty in women, TruTheRealU.com, I’m very interested in where this light comes from and how we can develop it as future missionaries and members alike, so we can attract more people to the light of the gospel. Here are a few ideas to help you kindle that light:

Gain greater access to the spirit. Having the spirit with you enhances both your inner and outer beauty. Elder Parley P. Pratt said, “The gift of the Holy Spirit . . . develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It develops and invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, invigorates and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.”

How do you bring the spirit more into your life? Besides the “Sunday School” answers like praying, reading your scriptures, and saying your prayers, I would suggest reducing or giving up habits that crowd out the influence of the spirit in your life, such as excessive TV watching, playing video games, or listening to loud music. Dedicate moments to quiet reflection, goal setting, and gospel study.

Develop Christlike attributes. There’s an entire chapter in Preach My Gospel dedicated to helping you develop Christlike attributes. Choose one you would like to develop, study about it, and set goals to develop it.

Each transfer during my mission, I chose a different Christlike attribute to focus on, and as I looked back at the end of the transfer, I could identify specific experiences I had during that transfer that had helped me develop that attribute (let me just say that patience and humility were the hardest!). Becoming more like Christ will help that inner light inside you shine, and others will see there is something different about you.

missionMe on my mission!

Serve. What better way to illuminate the light inside than to serve others out of true love for them? Something that most surprised me on my mission was the increased capacity I had to love everyone around me—and I mean everyone—because I was serving them all day, every day. I can only imagine how much God loves His children and how bright His inner light shines!

When all is said and done, living the gospel and gaining a personal testimony of its teachings will help you develop that inner beauty and light. This will help you not only as you serve a mission, but throughout your entire life, because people will sense there is something different and beautiful about you. When they need help improving their own spiritual beauty, they will turn to you for help—and there’s no better feeling than helping someone else gain spiritual light!

Erin J. served a Spanish-speaking mission in Tempe, Arizona and is a writer and blogger. She’s the author of Walls, a young adult Biblical novel. If you’re interested in reading more about inner beauty, check out her website at TruTheRealU.com!

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