A Return to Virtue

by Elaine S. Dalton

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When Elaine Dalton's oldest son left for his mission, she wanted to do something that would help her develop some of the same kind of discipline and self-control that he was learning as a missionary. So she decided to run a marathon.

Now, years later, she has taken her experiences and insights related to running and woven them into an analogy for an attribute and value she feels passionate about: virtue.

"I have embarked on a journey to reinstate the word virtue into our vocabulary and our lives," Sister Dalton writes. "We call for a social reform, but what is really needed is a moral reform — a call for a return to virtue." As we run life's race, it is virtue, meaning purity and power, that will sustain us through the long miles.

A Return to Virtue is an invitation and a guide to running well the marathon that we call mortality. "Give it 100 percent," says Sister Dalton, "and one day we will be hugging each other and celebrating — victorious — at the finish line!"

  • Chapter 1: Orientation
  • Chapter 2: Strict Training
  • Chapter 3: Starting Out
  • Chapter 4: Running the Long Miles
  • Chapter 5: Hitting the Wall
  • Chapter 6: Staying on Course
  • Chapter 7: The Finish Line
  • Chapter 8: Coaching Others
  • Chapter 9: Cheering Them On
  • A Word of Appreciation
    Sources Cited

About the Author

Elaine S. Dalton

Elaine S. Dalton was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She was sustained as Young Women general president in April 2008, having previously served as second counselor and as first counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Sister Dalton enjoys running (she has completed seventeen marathons), hiking with her family, and dancing with her granddaughters. She loves to read, especially the scriptures, and she loves the Lord. She and her husband, Stephen E. Dalton, are the parents of five sons and one daughter.

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A Return to Virtue
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Good, uplifting LDS book on virtue and modest. It's not just about the clothes, but it's also about attitude and what is in your heart. Where can a virtuous woman be found in this world? In the mirror. We all can strive to be virtuous and examples of modesty to those around us.

This book is full of stories, thoughts, experiences and scripture.

A couple of my favorite quotes from the book:

"When you were baptized, you left the world and entered the kingdom." Elder Hales

"Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is non more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth." President Gordon B. Hinckley

We all need to read this one!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Sister Dalton gives a beautiful synopsis of the most important safeguards required to navigate the treacherous days we live in. She lends her beautiful testimony to richly reiterate Sister Beck's testimony of Motherhood and the Divine Calling of women. No one can doubt she is a mother who knows. Sister Dalton is able to bear witness of truth as a wife and a mother to women of all walks of life and just as poignantly to all ages.

Great Influence!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Loved this book! It's great to hear the concern for family the author has. I love her enlarged meaning and definition of Virtue-that it is MUCH more than just moral purity-even though that is an important part of it. Virtue IS power and such a necessary value always and especially now. Thank you for this book.

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