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Girls turning 18 have a world of transitions ahead of them—they don’t need additional stressors. That’s why it is so important for family and church members to help make the transition from Young Women to Relief Society as seamless as possible.
Young women preparing to graduate from high school suddenly come face to face with a frighteningly blank page of future possibilities, each decision lined with a million questions but very few answers: Should I serve a mission? Should I go to college? Should I move away from home? And threaded throughout all of these questions is the dominating, overarching question: how?
It’s an exciting yet overwhelming stage of life. And for these young sisters gearing up for a life of changes, it’s only natural to want to hold onto something familiar. That’s often why young women feel so reluctant to transition from Young Women into Relief Society; they feel at home in laurels and don’t want to add to the changes constantly bombarding them.
Every Relief Society sister can play a vital role in making this transition a welcome one, but it is a process that should begin long before a girl turns 18. Here are five simple principles Church members should keep in mind as they help make Relief Society a refuge for sisters of any age and a place they will continue to seek throughout their lives.
1. Focus on Others
Entering a room full of confident, mature women is intimidating for anyone, especially young sisters unfamiliar with Relief Society. But, this awkwardness is not restricted to new sisters. Older sisters can similarly feel out-of-place approaching young girls who, between all of the tweets and pins and shares, seem to speak an entirely different language.
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Did you know that Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory and Larry King both married Mormons? Find out which other famous people have married Mormons in this fun list!
Married to: Joan Child
Famous for the line "I don't get no respect," comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Rodney Cohen) married Latter-day Saint Joan Child in 1993. According to The Washington Post, the pair actually first met back in the '70s when Dangerfield approached the flower shop counter where Child was working and asked her, "What kind of drugs do you like?"
More confused than anything, Child replied, "Antibiotics, I guess."
Dangerfield was intrigued by her endearing answer, and the pair dated on and off throughout the years until their marriage in 1993.
From landing men on the moon to helping humans reach interstellar space, these Mormon pioneers dedicated their lives to exploring the outer most limits of space and expanding our understanding of the celestial.
First Mormon in Space
Picture retrieved from theppacerace.com
For first Mormon astronaut Don Lind, getting to space took almost two decades of grueling training and patience.
As a small boy, Lind and his sisters loved to climb trees in his neighborhood in Midvale, Utah, shaking the branches and pretending they were in a space craft hurtling through the universe. At that time, space travel was a feat only dreamed up in comic books and science fiction. It wasn’t until over 20 years later that the first men entered space in 1961. After hearing the news, Lind—then a Navy pilot and Doctor of physics—knew he had found his calling.
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Back when I was in the Young Women program, I remember being told that RM needed to be at the top of my dating criteria list. Supposedly, dating and marrying an RM meant that my husband-to-be would honor his priesthood, love the Lord, and be everything a good Mormon girl wanted—short of being Prince Charming himself.
But I didn’t marry an RM.
It wasn't for lack of choice—I attended BYU for four years. There were RMs aplenty, and I dated my fair share. Missionary service was one of the things I asked my dates about, mostly because it made for easy conversation.
But that got me into trouble, more than once, when I asked sweet, active members about their missions—and they hadn’t served or had returned home early. It was always awkward, and I felt terrible for intruding into something they clearly found painful. What was a girl to do?
Whether baking the world’s largest loaf of bread or breaking 1,500 pounds of ice with a forehead, we Mormons can do anything. But don’t take it from me. Here are a number of incredible Mormons who made history with their record-setting feats.
Photo retrieved from Neil Zurcher's One Tank Trips
Developing Our Talents--Whatever They May Be
From the world’s fastest texter (Benjamin Cook, 2006) to the world’s fastest raw onion eater (Trevor Reilly, 2004); from the world’s strongest power-lifter (Lance Davis, 2004, 618.3 pounds) to the world’s fastest balloon animal inflator (KC Williams, 2003 & 2004), there is no doubt that the Church is full of impressive Mormons dedicated to developing the unique talents the Lord has given them. And the diversity of these talents has only added to the strength and notability of our Church and its members, proving that Mormons can be daring, whimsical, athletic, knowledgeable, and faithful.
Daring World Records
1977 Longest Firewalk and Bed of Nails
Prior cheese maker, horticulturist, and Indian-culture enthusiast Vernon Craig suffered puncture wounds and several second and third degree burns setting these world records. On May 6, 1977, Craig sandwiched himself between two boards containing 506 nails and then encouraged people to climb onto the top board until it reached the weight of 1,642.5 pounds. Later that same June, Craig walked across 25 feet of scorching coals that measured 1,494 degrees Fahrenheit. These impressive feats made Craig one of the first six inductees ushered into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame. Speaking about the mental and physical strain of achieving these records, Craig said, “It’s your mind taking complete control of your entire body, and ordering it through the heat . . . Your mind is a powerful tool that can even ward off pain, if you ask it to” (The Skousen Book of More Amazing Mormon World Records, Paul Skousen, 2008).