Speaking in sacrament meeting is tough--make your next talk amazing by avoiding these five openers and trying something else instead.
Chances are, if you’re a Latter-day Saint, you’ve had this happen to you before: it’s a Tuesday night like any other. Our family has just finished dinner, and we’re clearing the table when the phone rings. It’s the bishop. The conversation lasts less than two minutes, but the worry we feel coming away from that phone call will haunt us for the next week: we’ve been asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting.
We prepare as best we can, prayerfully researching everywhere on the topic we’ve been given, from the Bible Dictionary to conference talks to even just Google. But when the moment comes to stand up in front of our fellow ward members, including family and friends, we freeze up. We don’t know what to do to get this carefully prepared talk rolling. What do we say?
What should you say to someone who experiences same-sex attraction? The answers to that question may vary depending on age, marital status, and gay-identification (or not). Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you navigate some of those sensitivities.
Homosexuality is a sensitive and complex issue, which can make talking about it difficult. Believing Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction often feel caught in between two worlds—the Latter-day Saint community who, while most often well-intentioned, can say insensitive or hurtful things, and the LGBT-identified community who will often judge them as not being “true to themselves.”
Here are some things you can say and do (and some things to avoid) to help those who experience same-sex attraction.
When the Lord's timing does not include children in this life, couples experience a special kind of heartbreak. But understanding from friends, family, and fellow Church members can make it easier to go through life as a family of two.
Because our church places paramount focus on the family, it can be easy for couples without children to feel left out. Especially when, after years of countless appointments, invasive tests, and expensive surgeries and treatments, infertile couples sometimes must accept that they will not have the opportunity to be parents in this lifetime.
Recent concerns about the relationship of women and the priesthood have raised a lot of questions in and out of the Church. Find out more about this sensitive subject so that you know what to say the next time someone asks you about women and the priesthood.
Recent LDS events in the news have focused on a small group of women who are challenging longstanding traditions and even LDS doctrine. In light of this situation, many members are unsure how to respond when others ask about this hot-button topic.
To help you in your explanations to others, here are some important points to remember as you discuss women and the priesthood:
Church Policy and LDS Culture vs. Doctrine
An important distinction that must be made when discussing gender equality in the Church is the difference between Church administrative policy, LDS culture, and true doctrine.
Because the Church is a large entity operating internationally with millions of members, rules are put in place to keep things running smoothly and consistently. Examples of Church policies relevant to this issue which are maintained by man include things like the missionary age.
Coloring eggs is a fun part of Easter for many families. This year, take your Easter eggs to the next level by trying some of these easy techniques you can do using items around your house.
With Easter right around the corner, many families all over the world will be coloring eggs as they celebrate the season. But do you know why this has become part of the Easter tradition?
According to one Ensign article, "The egg has become an almost universal symbol of Easter to represent the Savior’s breaking the bands of death through His Resurrection." Originally, eggs were dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, and the hard shell represented the tomb. Cracking the shell represents the resurrection from the dead. "Thus coloring and hiding eggs for an Easter egg hunt and giving Easter baskets are common traditions around the world."