A few years ago, I went to Rome where I ate some pizza and enjoyed the art and architecture. Within minutes at the Galleria Borghese, I didn’t know what to make of half of the art because it seemed to reference stories of Roman gods and goddesses. To keep up, I had to learn up! If you ever find yourself studying art, here’s a story you should know:

In ancient Greek (and Roman) mythology, Pan, the god of the forests and fields, fell hopelessly in love with the beautiful nymph Syrinx. One day, Pan followed Syrinx through the forest. As Pan chased her, Syrinx became frightened by Pan’s affections and disguised herself as a lilac. Despite his efforts, Pan lost Syrinx and could only find a beautiful lilac shrub that reminded him of his love.

Sometimes, I wish I could avoid someone by turning into a lilac. Despite my efforts, I remain human and left to socialize in the occasional awkward conversation. Fortunately, I can still admire all of the beautiful spring flowers, including the lilac.

Lilacs are one of the first flowers of spring, peaking around the Easter season. The light purple color symbolizes a first love—like the first love of Pan or “He who loved us first,” Christ.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

If New York Fashion Week taught us anything, expect to see more lilac blouses, dresses, and sweaters on the racks. I love the light purple revival! Lilac reminds me of spring and Easter—the resurgence of color, life, and love (especially the life and love of Christ).

Symbols of our faith are everywhere; we just have to recognize them. You CAN be reminded of your faith through fashion. Wear the colors of spring as a testimony of Easter morning. If nature will testify of Christ through colorful blossoms, then we can testify through the colors of our modest clothing. Below are some popular colors of the lilac flower (it comes in more than light purple) and their meanings.

 

Lilac

First love

“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

 

White

Purity and innocence

“Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish, willingly laid Himself on the altar of sacrifice and paid the price for our sins.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Jenny Yoo

 

Pink

Love and strong friendships

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

andicsinger

 

Pastel Blue

Happiness

“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, the he may redeem the children of men from the fall.” – 2 Nephi 2:25-26

BlogLovin’

 

Violet

Spirituality

“Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good – yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit.” – D&C 11:12

Sandra King Pintrest

 

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Best!

Rhea

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