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The Importance of Loving Yourself

By Mormon.org
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From when we’re small children we may remember continually being told to follow the Golden Rule to “treat others as you would want to be treated.” Even the Bible tells us the second great commandment is to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).

So one might assume that in order to fully love another person, it’s important to have and develop that love for yourself. We live in a time where all over the media we’re being told what to buy, how to dress, how we should look, what to eat, and the list goes on. It seems impossible to keep up with these expectations. It’s easy to get caught up in these ideas, and when we’re too focused on our flaws, we miss moments to love and appreciate ourselves. 

We are children of God. We have a Father in Heaven who loves us regardless of if we’re meeting the world’s criteria. Knowing we’re children of God helps us understand our potential to become like Him. Life provides endless opportunities to change and improve. The less we worry about ourselves and the more love and respect we have for ourselves, the easier it is to share this love with those around us. Having this knowledge and allowing it to change us brings self-confidence, optimism, peace, and happiness into our lives. 

Lindsey Stirling, a popular YouTuber and violinist, shares her experience of coming to know of her potential as a child of God. She shares how this knowledge has changed her outlook on life and the way she feels about herself. Watch the video below and visit this page to read what Lindsey has shared about coming to know her personal worth.

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