“The abundance of life, the fullness of purpose and meaning, are to be found in virtue—virtue that reflects and reaches for the godly virtue of the Savior Himself. For us, then, virtue is not simply a feature of a good life, subject to the vicissitudes of culture and shifting desires. Rather, virtue is the very purpose of life and the essence of our nature as children of God possessed of moral agency.”
~Richard N. Williams
“Red Lipstick”, by Jerine
“The erosion of both societal stability and moral virtue is not merely coincidental. They unravel together. So the call to educate all to moral virtue ought to be a practical issue for everyone—in public or private, in schools or churches, in corporations or athletic teams, in communities and neighborhoods.
To be a person of virtue is to be for others—to act in their best interests, and to have a heart of compassion and charity turned outwards. Thus, to educate for moral virtue is to invite others to do right by others, to build community—beginning in our contributions or responsiveness to nurturing ethical family relationships and extending to neighborhoods, communities, and ultimately society. When we are being virtuous, we exhibit specific characteristics that are indicative of how we believe we should treat others. Our virtuous lived experience also reveals how our best interests would typically align with the best interests of others and thus contribute to a cohesive society.”
—Terrance D. Olson, BYU professor of family life
“Virtue, as the word is used over centuries and across the English-speaking world and especially in scripture, is about strength, goodness, and excellence—about what we do and how we do it.
Let us take as an example the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. She seeketh, worketh (willingly, by the way), bringeth, riseth, giveth, considereth, planteth, girdeth, strengtheneth, and perceiveth. And this is not all. She also stretcheth, reacheth, maketh, selleth, and delivereth. In all the verses describing her virtue there is only one thing she doesn’t do. She does not fear. Says verse 21, “She is not afraid of the snow for her household.”
Consider why she is not afraid of the snow. Is it because she has taken as her duty the task of not fearing snow? I think not. And could she avoid fearing snow if she sought not, worked not, rose not, gave not, and so on? I am certain she could not. I think it is simply the case that it never occurs to one who seeks and works and rises and gives—and all the rest—to be afraid. What she doesn’t do is merely the by-product of what she does do.”
-Emily Madsen Reynolds, assistant director of the Wheatley Institution
“Without stillness, quiet, solitude, and silence, it is difficult to live a moral life, let alone a spiritual life; it is difficult to truly become our best moral selves unless we take time to evaluate our standing before God.
Time for holiness is a precious gift, a sacred offering to the Lord. Perhaps we need to simplify our lives so that there’s more room in our day to sincerely ponder the path of our feet (see Prov. 4:26), to feel the Spirit, to interact with others, and to respond with calmness. Some of our distraction, anger, and frustration come from our overcommitment of time, which often comes from the mistaken notion that the abundant life comes from an abundance of things or an abundance of tasks or demands or experiences. If we listen to the Spirit and heed the message of the gospel, we realize that the truly abundant life is spiritual, and very often the best way to achieve it is to unburden ourselves of our worldly excesses. Perhaps we should take a deep breath, step off the treadmill, and let the Spirit speak to us.”
—Lloyd D. Newell, BYU professor of Church history and doctrine
Above excerpts taken from BYU Alumni Magazine: “Virtue & the Abundant Life”.