For many of us, there is constant chatter in our minds about our bodies and how we think our bodies should look. We think if we trash talk ourselves enough, we can bully our bodies into fitting what we perceive to be the social ideal.
Like any relationship, love is always the answer, except the relationship with yourself is the most important one.
Coach Amber Williams joins us in this episode to talk about our bodies and how we can involve God to help us feel the love we want to feel for ourselves while working on our health goals.
- The key to weight loss is to just start somewhere.
- If something – even weight loss – is important to you, it is also important and matters to Heavenly Father and because of that fact, He can help us in our journey by making it a matter of prayer.
- Overeating does not just cause physical pain but also emotional pain.
- When we take care of our body, we allow ourselves to hear Heavenly Father in a different way in our lives.
- In the two great commandments, there is an implied third commandment. We are not just to love God and others but to also love ourselves.
- God likens our bodies to temples. The way we care for temples made of rock and stone is the same way we should think about treating our bodies. Our bodies deserve our attention and efforts to maintain them and keep them working.
- We often think that the bullying mindset of how we view our bodies will change when we lose weight, but it doesn’t.
- Weight loss and taking care of our body is a journey we will be on our entire lives.
- Taking care of our bodies is a perfect way to get to know ourselves better as well as our Heavenly Father.
We have a culture today that feeds into thinness and beauty. Where is the line for you between following the culture and just wanting to have a healthy body?
Why do you think having a healthy body is important to Heavenly Father?
In this last conference President Nelson asked us to look at our lives and see what debris we could possibly clear away. What “debris” could you possibly clear away from your mortal body – and I don’t mean pounds of weight?
More Details that Amber added for you:
This is the quote I referred to in the recording from Elder S. Gifford Nielson “This Is Our Time”, April 2021
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:36–39).
I don’t know about you, but when I read these two great commandments, I detect a third, implied commandment: to love thyself.
Have you ever thought of loving yourself as a commandment? Can we truly love God and love His children if we don’t love ourselves?”
“There are specific ways in which we can likely improve. One is in the way we treat our bodies. I stand in awe of the miracle of the human body. It is a magnificent creation, essential to our gradual ascent toward our ultimate divine potential. We cannot progress without it. In giving us the gift of a body, God has allowed us to take a vital step toward becoming more like Him.
Satan understands this. He chafes at the fact that his premortal apostasy permanently disqualifies him from this privilege, leaving him in a constant state of jealousy and resentment. Thus many, if not most, of the temptations he puts in our path cause us to abuse our bodies or the bodies of others. Because Satan is miserable without a body, he wants us to be miserable because of ours.13
Your body is your personal temple, created to house your eternal spirit.14 Your care of that temple is important. Now, I ask you, brethren, are you more interested in dressing and grooming your body to appeal to the world than to please God? Your answer to this question sends a direct message to Him about your feelings regarding His transcendent gift to you. In this reverence for our bodies, brethren, I think we can do better and be better.”
President Russell M. Nelson “We Can Do Better and Be Better” General Priesthood Session, April 2019
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will … uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isa. 41:10.)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your crown?
20 For ye are abought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
“Man’s earthly existence is but a test as to whether he will concentrate his efforts, his mind, and his soul upon things that contribute to the comfort and gratification of his physical nature or whether he will make as his life’s purpose the acquisition of spiritual qualities.” President David O. McKay “Something Higher Than Self”, 1965 BYU Speeches