What Makes a Hero
We've seemed to have taken the concept of heroes a tad lightly lately. With an influx of super hero movies and referring to any one who happens to stand out in a crowd or become a celebrity as heroes, it's easy for any of us to become somewhat confused as to what a hero really is. We tend to forget the qualities that make a hero; those inherent characteristics of an individual that elevate them to hero status. Sacrifice, courage and selflessness are the true marks of even the most modest of heroes, beyond just a one-time act of heroism, a true hero gives his or her life to something bigger than just themselves. Novelist J.R.R. Tolkien states it pretty simply; "Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation." There are many who would agree.
When striving to live by a certain code of ethics and within God's expectations for us, we often fall far short of hero status; yet ironically, its not acknowledging that they are hero-like is what makes the heroes that we look up to, more encompassing of the title. A true hero would never acknowledge themselves as such.
Recognizing the courageous and selfless women of the scriptures, the "Real Hero" posters pay homage to women that, through their sacrifice, changed the world and the circumstances for those around them. Understanding that their actions put them in danger, they discarded their own desires and needs for the greater good. By elevating these women to hero status we help our young women in the church focus on the type of woman they would like to be and what character strengths they would like to build within themselves. Real Hero posters make great LDS gifts for any young woman who is striving to stay courageous in her faith in today's world.