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Bishops and counselors pray long and hard over who they should call to serve in their wards. But what happens when, after your own prayer and counsel with the Lord, the answer you feel prompted to give is “no”?
It’s a word that can be extremely difficult to say, especially in a religion that often values service before self and expects a lot of its members. We don’t want to disappoint our leaders, and we especially don’t want to disappoint the Lord. Saying “no” feels like admitting we don’t trust the plan the Lord has in store for us, especially when we feel like we need to say no to an assignment as important as a Church calling.
Let me pause here and explain a little more about myself: I really struggle with children. I have a hard time interacting with them, and I have always dreaded a calling in the Primary. Being a young, active, LDS married woman, I know that getting called to the Primary isn’t a question of if, it’s a question of when. And when that day does come, answering “no” is an option I feel I need to at least consider, if only for the sake of my sanity and the sake of any potential future posterity I might one day decide to have.
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We recently shared Mormons & Hollywood: 5 Fun Facts, and it seems our readers couldn't get enough! Now we're back with 5 more fun facts that show how Church members have influenced the entertainment industry.
1. The Maze Runner, a science fiction novel written by LDS author James Dashner, will be released as a movie this year.
The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult dystopian science fiction trilogy written by Church member James Dashner. Here is a brief plot summary:
When picturing Hollywood fashion, rarely do modest dresses come to mind, but at yesterday's Academy Awards, some celebs showed that you don't have to bare all to be beautiful.
Confession time: I have a weakness for beautiful evening gowns. In high school, I bought a new formal for every school dance, from the Valentine's Sweethearts dance to Homecoming and Prom. In fact, if I ever sold my collection of taffeta and chiffon dresses, I could probably buy a small car.
I mention this because, as I tuned in to last night's Academy Awards, I found myself caring more about what people were wearing than the awards they were winning. See, at least for me, awards shows are purely about who's wearing what. I realize that some of these celebrities aren't necessarily the best role models, and their behavior in and out of their movies isn't to be emulated. I even get that those who just happened to wear a modest dress probably weren't thinking at all about covering their shoulders and knees when they picked their attire. But I don't think there's anything wrong with admiring beautiful, modest (or near-modest) dresses--especially if they inspire my personal (LDS, garment-covering, modest) style.
So, for all you fashionistas like me out there, here are some absolutely gorgeous modest (or near-modest) dresses we spied at this year's Academy Awards, for your fashion inspiration:
MR says: Even if you don't live in Utah, you can keep an eye out for the online exhibit at history.lds.org under "Current Exhibits."