Don't senior missionaries need a lot of money and to be in extraordinary health to serve? Find out the truth behind these and other misconceptions about senior missions.
There is a great need for more senior missionaries, but a few myths about serving have kept some senior members from signing up. Learn the truth behind what it takes to be a senior missionary:
Misconception #1: You have to be married to serve a senior mission. While many senior missionaries do serve as couples, there are also opportunities available for single senior sisters to serve. You can review the Senior Missionary Opportunities Bulletin for a list of current openings at www.lds.org/senioropportunities. This list is updated weekly.
Misconception #2: Senior missionaries are too old to learn a foreign language. It is never too late in life to keep learning, and by being willing to serve in a foreign language area, seniors open up possibilities that they may never have imagined. While some older missionaries may not become as fluent as the young missionaries, anyone can learn to communicate on a simple level. Sometimes, a weakness in speaking even invites the Spirit and the sympathy of the local people. There are vast areas of the world that need the service of senior missionaries. The Lord can use us and in spite of our limitations, and we will be an influence for good. Don’t forget the gifts of the Spirit which include the gift of tongues; missionaries are blessed to learn languages, including older missionaries!
In today's world, family-friendly entertainment is hard to come by. But before 2014 ends, there are a few clean (and well-made) family flicks you might not have heard of that you don't want to miss!
Navigating the questionable waters of Hollywood movies can be tricky business, and as we learned last general conference, "one should not roam through garbage." Spare yourself the trouble of roaming through the Hollywood trash heap, and check out these good stories well-made that you might not have heard before and are being released before the end of the year.
For more help finding appropriate movies for your family, you can also check out family movie reviewers like the Mormon Movie Guy.
September 12, Rated PG, 96min
A young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.
Inspired by true events. Coached by a legend. A little boy goes from thief to footballer... as he chases his dreams. Watch this story and believe!
Ever feel like feeding the missionaries takes a whole whirlwind of planning and emotions? You're not alone! Check out this funny saga of what it's really like to feed the missionaries.
So you're sitting in Relief Society, excited for the lesson, when announcements are made and someone stands up with a clipboard in hand. "We need people to sign up to feed the missionaries this month," she says.
What follows is some impressive haggling for a good time slot, negotiating back and forth with your friends, and defending the time you finally manage to claim.
You got your name on that sign-up sheet, and now you feel awesome anticipating how great it will be to provide service for the missionaries.
As your assigned day approaches, you remember how daunting the task was last time and hope you can pull it off again. What are you even going to make? You should check to make sure they don't have any food allergies or extreme dislikes. That's the last thing you need.
Should you feed them a healthy veggie-packed meal their mothers would appreciate?
Or are they longing for comfort foods?
Meet three Mormons who have definitely made their mark in the fashion world in a big way--and kept their high standards all the while.
Rose Marie Reid
When she was a young girl in the 1920s working in her parents’ store in Utah, Rose Marie Reid never dreamed that she would one day become one of the most famous swimwear designers of the 20th century. Her mother taught her to sew like an pro, and she put those skills to good use when later Rose Marie’s husband asked her to make him a pair of swim trunks. Her husband took his fancy new trunks to department stores, and before she knew it, Rose Marie had a budding fashion label on her hands.
Her swim lines grew from six a year to 100 a year as her popularity took off. By the late 1950s, her company was making millions. Big stars like Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, and Marilyn Monroe loved wearing her beautiful one-piece creations. Time magazine even named her “Woman of the Year” in 1955!
Swimsuit designed by Rose Marie Reid.
When the Church was building the Los Angeles California Temple, Rose Marie wanted to help as much as she could. She designed a beautiful one-piece white swimsuit that was covered in hand-sewn sequins. And which hands sewed most of that sequins on? Relief Society sisters that Rose Marie enlisted to help. All the proceeds of this particular swimsuit went directly to help build the Los Angeles California Temple in the 1950s.
Church is supposed to be a safe place for our children. Bullying is something that only happens at school, right? Unfortunately, there’s a sad truth behind bullying at church.
“Do you know where your daughter is?”
It’s a heart-stopping question when you don’t know the answer. And the statement that followed it was one that Judy Wells wasn’t prepared for: “Her school friends are telling us that she is planning on committing suicide. We are sending a unit over to your home right now.”
What could have possibly sent such a vibrant and beautiful teenage girl so close to the edge?
Wells’s daughter was standing on the roof of her home and contemplating jumping because she was being bullied. By the youth in her ward.
“The girls took her journal and read it when she left it on her chair to go to the library to get a Book of Mormon,” Wells recalls. “Then, when she came in, they were quoting it.” It was only one of a hundred things those young men and young women did.
“When she went and sat down next to some girls, the girls would get up and create a new row and leaver her sitting all alone.” They invented fake physical relationships she could have had with boys and teased her about them, leaving notes about it on classroom whiteboards for others to find. They even harassed her outside of church, calling her to borrow equipment for a party she wasn’t invited to, and later, calling again to say how glad they were that she wasn’t at the gathering with them.