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Texting is useful for quick reminders, setting up appointments, and simple expressions of love. Oh, and it's great for missionary work, too.
• Youth leaders: Using texting is one of the best ways for leaders to connect with youth. They can send activity reminders or thank you messages.• Missionaries: Did you know texting is being used to build the kingdom? That’s right. Missionaries in many missions around the world are sometimes granted the privilege of texting their investigators. This allows missionaries to send simple reminders of commitments they left, or to remind them of church times and locations. They can also send investigators scriptures or other pick-me-ups.• Parents: Texting can enhance parents’ face-to-face interactions with their teens through simple messages of love and encouragement. In doing so, there is no need to be wordy. A simple “thank you” or “I’m sorry” or “I’m praying for you today” can let kids know they are important and loved.• Friends: There’s nothing like getting a text from an old friend that lets you know they are thinking of you. If something reminds you of a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, how about sending them a simple text before you forget?
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Sixty-eight years ago in the South of France, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team of the Allied Forces in WWII jumped out of an airplane and landed in the history books.
Movie ratings are meant to help people make easy decisions about what they see. But that decision has become anything but easy—all too often, families are left wondering if the rating actually reflects what's in the movie. Does the MPAA need to revisit its standards? I remember going to see my first PG movie by myself. I was staying with my grandma, and my cousin and I went to see D2: The Mighty Ducks. At some point my grandma found out we were going to see it, and she asked us why we weren’t going with an adult. “It’s PG,” I said, matter-of-factly, trusting my almost 10-year-old status as clearly old enough to attend alone.
“That doesn’t mean anything,” she said.
In the years since, I’ve realized how right she was. Rarely a movie will be rated too harshly; for the most part, it skews the other way, with movies being increasingly loose with their ratings. I still remember when the number of f-words that a PG-13 movie could have changed from one to three (in As Good As It Gets). Jamie Lawson, our managing editor, told me once how she took her boys to see Marley and Me and was shocked at the sexual content of that PG movie. And my husband frequently refers to Liam Neeson’s Taken as the rawest PG-13 movie he’s ever seen. Simply put: you really can’t trust a movie rating, and with sliding standards, you can’t really trust the MPAA.
So should the MPAA revisit its standards?
It’s almost a rhetorical question. Yes, of course it should. The fact remains that non-R-rated movies make more money than other movies, and by taking a stand and rating movies more harshly, the folks at the MPAA could hit Hollywood where it hurts and encourage them to cut out some of the garbage.