What’s on Your Mind?
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    “What’s on Your Mind?” Friend, August 2019

    What’s on Your Mind?

    I don’t look like the people I see on TV and social media, and sometimes it makes me feel bad about myself. What should I do? —Self-conscious in Salta

    a boy standing with hands on his hips

    Illustration by Dani Jones

    Dear Self-conscious,

    There are messages all around that tell you that how you look is the most important thing about you. But that isn’t true! There is so much more to who you are. You are a child of God, and you don’t need to add or take anything away to be beautiful in His eyes.

    Instead of focusing on what you look like, try focusing on what your body can do. Things like exercising and serving others can help you feel strong and confident in the person God created you to be.

    The Friend

    Take this quiz to help you sort out the truths from the lies about your body.

    1. Do I need to look like the people at school or on social media to be happy?

      Yes

      No

    2. Do I need to wear certain clothes or makeup to be happy?

      Yes

      No

    3. Is it normal if my body changes as I get older?

      Yes

      No

    4. Is it good to exercise and eat healthy foods to make my body stronger?

      Yes

      No

    5. Is it OK to look at or share immodest pictures of bodies?

      Yes

      No

    6. Is it OK to make fun of what other people’s bodies look like?

      Yes

      No

    7. Does Heavenly Father love me as I am right now?

      Yes

      No

    Answers: 1. no; 2. no; 3. yes; 4. yes; 5. no; 6. no; 7. yes