From "flip" to "dang," Mormons have a language all their own, and it's often viewed as quaint by others in the world. But are these substitutes any better than "the real thing"? Can we live without these words altogether?
The Church's guidelines on language are outlined simply in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet:
How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind. Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith, hope, and charity.
Prophets in the scriptures tell us to be more child-like all the time. Somewhere along the way we must have lost those traits. Straight from Brad Wilcox's new book, The 7-day Christian, find out how to get them back.
I have spent much of my life working with children and those who teach and care for them. I have noticed children quite naturally possess attributes that we sometimes end up missing in our adult lives: an inner desire to do right, a sense of worth, the ability to be happy, a capacity to love, an innate sense of wisdom, and a deep and trusting faith. It is as if children are carrying full buckets of water, and then they stagger into their teenage years and the water starts sloshing out. Then they face the blows of adulthood, and even more water escapes. Soon people are standing around with empty buckets. This emptiness is not because the buckets were never full; the buckets become empty when people lose what they once had.
If you or a loved one is trying to cope with a pornography addiction, there's hope. Now there's also a new study that debunks the Mormon myth that Utah is a particularly pornography-addicted state.
Pandemic: An outbreak prevalent over a whole country or the world. This definition surely describes the pornography problem in the world today, one would be hard pressed to find a family who has not been affected either directly or indirectly by this pandemic and it's damage.
Utah is on the forefront of helping those struggling with addiction tied to this pandemic. There are many qualified therapists available to help individuals, couples, and families as they choose recovery and begin the work needed to heal. There are also more and more 12-step meetings available both through the LDS Addiction Recovery Program and through the SA & non-SA programs in Utah. These professional therapists and 12 step programs are an essential part of creating and maintaining lasting and meaningful recovery. Many of these resources can be found at salifeline.org and at ldshopeandrecovery.com.
Outside of Utah however resources are limited at best with some rural areas totally missing out on meetings and qualified LDS based professional counselors. This shortage of LDS specific help has spawned some creative solutions using technology. One group of professional counselors uses a service called Webex by cisco which works like Skype, yet has HD video conferencing available. They are among the first to use this technology to have face to face meetings with members throughout the U.S. and the world. The have clients as far away as New Zealand and Afghanistan (lds military serviceman). More can be learned about this option by visiting www.ldshopeandrecovery.com
Be sure to keep an eye on these bright, new LDS artists. With their talent and skills, they sure are going places.
Deseret Book recently conducted a scholarship competition for aspiring, new LDS artists. The money was raised from prominent LDS artists auctioning off custom pieces of artwork. These artists included Annie Henrie, Del Parson, J. Kirk Richards, James Christensen, and Liz Lemon Swindle. From thirty applicants, they chose four winners and three honorable mentions. Each of the four winners received $3,000 towards their education in their chosen art medium. These are definitely some artists to watch for in the upcoming months!
Ham. Potatoes. Muffins. What's not to love about a perfect Easter feast? But then again, what IS the perfect Easter feast for Mormons? Take the poll and tell us!
Every family does Easter their own way. It’s not like Christmas where a tree, stockings, and presents are all expected to be in the house by December 25th. Some families do an Easter egg hunt. Some do a candy hunt. Some families eat a honey-glazed ham. Some eat potato salad. Some families eat funeral potatoes. And some don’t. (And those people are just plain crazy.)
My family is definitely a ham-and-potatoes-on-Easter kind of family. Without fail, there is a Honey-Baked Ham and funeral potatoes (or sometimes potato salad if there’s time) on the table for every Easter dinner. I thought this a most appropriately delicious Easter meal. And that’s why I was so surprised when a coworker told me that turkey—not ham—was the norm for Easter. But after that, another coworker piped up, saying that roast beef was the way to go . . . Really? A roast-beef Easter? Inconceivable.
So it dawned on me: what do Mormons really eat for their Easter feast? Take the poll below and tell us the menu for your perfect Easter dinner.