Being Virtuous Results In Happiness
Last summer I had the opportunity to take family pictures of my aunt and uncle’s children. There were six of them at the time, and it was a fun little scramble to get everyone together. That being said, there are photos and little moments that occurred that reaffirm my testimony of families, and less noticeably, virtue.
A picture of my little cousin Rhiley giggling is one of the greatest examples of virtue to me. I don’t think there is anything like a little child, free of sin and filled with love that best exemplifies virtue. Rhiley is curious and he’s happy. He also loves having the attention of his family members because he loves them. To me, virtue isn’t just about staying clean and doing what is right. Virtue is being happy and freely extending your love and concern for everyone you meet. It’s showing other people what being clean and pure results in and the happiness they can gain from it.
I hope that I can have the virtue of Rhiley and his siblings one day. He’ll grow up to be a cute little priesthood holder and a great missionary, but as that growth takes place, I’ll be there to admire the innocence and Christ-like attributes of a little child and hopefully gain those attributes in my own life.
A little about me: I am 19 years old and currently attending Utah State University as a Creative Writing major. I grew up in Benson, Utah as the oldest of four children.
I love my family, the outdoors, and my callings in my young adult stake.
Arianna – a voice for virtue