Who knows what the "kneeling test" is? In case you don't allow me to explain. When you are wearing a skirt, the bottom of it has to touch the floor when you are kneeling up. If the bottom of the hem touches the ground without tugging and sagging then you pass. If not, you have to go back and change. At least that is what happens when you are a counselor at EFY. I *hated* making girls go back and change but I had to do it.
Anyway... why on earth am I mentioning all of this (other than the fact that I saw EFY kids walking all over campus and I miss it dearly... sniffle...)?? I had kind of forgotten about the kneeling test myself. That is until recently.
The girls in my (subbing) 9th grade class really impressed me. For their final sewing project, they could pick any pattern they wanted and then sew it. Um yeah, it was kind of stressful for me because all of them struggled to read the instruction sheet. Fortunately, several of the girls were all making the same skirt so I only had to figure it out once and then they could help each other. As they were finishing and we were marking hems, a couple of the girls showed me how long they wanted the skirt to be. It was about to their knee. Modest for sure! But these two girls had to be certain it was modest. We pinned up the skirt where they wanted the hem and then they kneeled down. In my class. On the (let's be honest) not so clean sewing lab floor.
I love Pres. Eyring's talk from this past conference that he shared at the Young Women's meeting the Saturday before conference. He begins and concludes his talk with basically the same message. "My beloved young sisters, you are the bright hope of the Church [in your testimonies and your choices]. My purpose tonight is to help you believe that is so. If that belief can becomes a deep testimony from God, it will shape your daily and hourly choices. And then from what might appear to you to be small choices, the Lord will lead you to the happiness you want. Through your choices He will be able to bless countless others." These girls really are the bright hope of the Church. And I know their small choice to kneel on the ground greatly touched and blessed my life--if no one else's. It reminded me of my desire to always dress modestly and made me curious if all of my skirts pass the kneeling test. I think so. But I'm going to check!