Character Judged by Dress
Agatha M. Thrash, M.D.
EV 672 "A person's character is judged by his style of dress. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of simple and appropriate attire."
Loss of Souls Because of Untidiness
This is speaking particularly of the minister, but I believe it applies equally to the missionary nurse:
EV 671 "The loss of some souls at last will be traced to the untidiness of the minister. The first appearance affected the people unfavorably, because they could not in any way link his appearance with the truths he presented. His dress was against him; and the impression given was that the people whom he represented were a careless set who cared nothing about their dress, and his hearers did not want anything to do with such a class of people."
Loss of Taste for Neatness
MYP 353 "When we lose taste for order and neatness in dress we virtually leave the truth."
CH 182 "The true child of God will be neat and clean. We are in no case to be careless and indifferent in regard to outward appearance. All about our persons and our homes is to be neat and attractive. The youth are to be taught the importance of presenting an appearance above criticism, an appearance that honors God and the truth."
Our Dress Should Preach
EV 671 "Our words, our actions, our deportment, our dress, everything, should preach. Not only with our words should we speak to the people, but everything pertaining to our person should be a sermon to them."
Dress, An Index to the Mind
MYP 346 "The outside appearance is frequently an index to the mind, and we should be careful what signs we hang out for the world to judge of our faith."
Simplicity of Dress
MYP 353 "Simplicity of dress will make a sensible woman appear to the best advantage. How charming, how interesting, is simplicity in dress, which in comeliness can be compared with the flowers of the field."
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