Usually, when discussing virtue, people tend to focus on the "chastity and purity" aspects. Those are important things that need to be discussed, but I'm not going to discuss them here in much detail. I see virtue, and integrity as well, as a summary of all the other standards and values. If you have integrity and are virtuous, that means you're probably following the standards :)
In a December 2008 article, Sister Elaine S. Dalton compares virtue to training for a marathon, saying:
Virtue isn't something you have instantly. It is strict training. It is the daily, deliberate practice of small things.Time and time again, virtue is compared to having strength, being strong, powerful. Purity. Pure gold awesomeness :)
Virtue to me, like integrity, means standing up for what you believe in. To me, it means refusing to compromise when it comes to your standards. To me, it means being in the world but not of the world.
So today, I echo the call to "return to virtue." The world is sometimes a scary place, but if we face it with virtue and integrity, knowing our divine nature and individual worth, doing good works and making good choices, and above all having faith, the Spirit will be with us always. And with His guidance, the world no longer looks quite so scary :)
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.