It may be March, but believe it or not, swimsuits are out on the racks. And that means that spring is just around the corner!
Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with my swimsuit. I love it because it takes me to the pool, where I can finally enjoy some sun. But I hate it because it takes me to a million stores where I try to find a modest swimsuit for my six-foot-tall, imperfect body. I usually end up in a dressing room wading through a sea of swimsuits on the floor. This is why I'll wear one swimsuit down to bare threads before someone can persuade me to buy a new one. But this year, the modest swimsuits are everywhere! From Lime Ricki to Walmart, there is modest swimwear for all body and wallet sizes.
But here is my disclaimer: all bodies are different. What may be modest on one woman may not be modest on another. I know that some people don’t even like to wear swimsuits to the beach. To each her own! Wear what makes you feel modest and comfortable! I’m just so glad to have found some swimsuits that won’t plunge down my neckline or show off any midriff. And that won’t wipe out my bank account!
Lime Ricki: Top $42.50
Caring for terminally ill loved ones is not easy. The service we render is personal and emotional, but caregivers can be blessed with peace as they turn to their source of healing and accept support from others. Find out what to expect and what you can do when your loved one is terminally ill.
When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, many people find themselves navigating through unfamiliar territory. It is common to experience a roller coaster of emotions and a sense of uncertainty, and many Church members wonder how best to care for their loved one in their final months, weeks, and hours of life.
Family members, friends, and caregivers can play an important role in providing comfort and support to someone entering this final phase of life. Sometimes it is not so much what you say or do, but just being present with them that can provide a sense of reassurance and comfort.
We've heard them all before. From the man who's lived in the ward twenty years and starts his talk with "for those of you who don't know me" to telling the story about how you ended up at the podium because you couldn't dodge the Bishop, sometimes sacrament meetings can start to all sound the same when these cliches are in play.
Have you been to this meeting before? After the hymns are sung and the sacrament is passed, the first speaker gets up to begin their talk. Only, instead of launching into their prepared material, they start with a line like:
"For those of you know don't know me, my name is Brother Smith."
"I haven't given a talk in a while--I guess the Bishop must've noticed."
"This talk is more for me than it is for you."
As members of a church that doesn't employ a specific "preacher," we've all been there. It can be easy to resort to a canned phrase or well-known transition to help ease into our prepared remarks. And that's alright. But when you line all these sayings up, the phrases change from a list of go-to transitions and turn out to be quite a hoot!
How many of the sacrament meeting talk cliches from this video have you heard before?
If you’re planning a Relief Society celebration in your ward or branch, we’ve got some great ideas to help strengthen bonds between Relief Society sisters.
On March 17 the Relief Society celebrates its 172nd birthday, making it one of the world’s oldest women’s organizations. It is also the world’s largest women’s organization, with five and a half million sisters in 170 countries. As part of your annual celebration in your ward or branch, try some of these ideas to help strengthen bonds between Relief Society sisters.
A Night of Relief Society History
Faithful Latter-day Saint, admitted "Trekkie," and scriptwriter JD Payne is living the dream in Hollywood, where he's working on writing the next Star Trek film. Find out what he has to say about being a Mormon in Hollywood--and catch a few hints about what he's working on!
“If I could just get paid to do this, that’d be like getting paid to live at Disneyland,” mused JD Payne as he faced a life-changing decision: continue his studies in applied physics, or dare to do what he loved—write. It was a tough choice between job security versus long nights filled with a writer’s desperation. But it was a choice that paid off for this self-admitted sci-fi geek who will in fact get paid to live his dream after landing the opportunity of a lifetime. He and a team of two other writers will take the lead on drafting the third movie in one of the hottest Hollywood franchises: Star Trek.
So how does a Mormon boy end up writing for Hollywood? “It started when I was in Kindergarten, really,” he explains. “They gave us our first writing assignment, and most people wrote two or three sentences, and I wrote three pages.” Payne’s love of writing followed him through junior high, where he wrote short stories, and through high school, where he met his long term writing partner, Patrick McKay. The pair began collaborating on short plays until Payne went on a mission to Rome, Italy. But not even an ocean separating them stopped their writing.
Even during his mission, the two continued to collaborate. Payne recalls one P-day when McKay visited, and they walked through the Roman forum brainstorming. “Our goal was, ‘we know we’re not good now, but let’s get better. Let’s write a screenplay every year. Let’s try a bunch of different genres.’”