While taking out the trash at home one day, Elder Eyring received a phone call from President Gordon B. Hinckley, then prophet. Surely he had the wrong number.
Uncertainty shaped Hal’s response to a phone call that came to the Eyring home on the Thursday evening before general conference. He had left the office a bit before five o’clock and driven home. After parking the car, he walked down the Eyrings’ steep driveway to retrieve an empty garbage can. He was wheeling the can up the driveway when Kathy stepped into the open garage with a portable phone.
“Hal,” she called, “it’s the phone for you.”
“Can you take a message?” he replied.
“It’s the office of the First Presidency,” Kathy said with a note of urgency. “I think you’d better take it.”
Everybody knows that Elder Nelson is a heart surgeon, Elder Oaks is a lawyer, and President Eyring is a great educator. What you probably didn’t know is that President Eyring has an artistic side, too.
The impressive professional resume of President Henry B. Eyring, his degree in the rigorous field of physics and time spent as president of Rick’s College, sometimes pigeonholes our perception of him to thinking of him only as a logical and deliberate sort of person. But as a new biography reveals, President Eyring is also an artist.
“Hal particularly enjoyed drawing and painting as he traveled,” the book, I Will Lead You Along, explains. “He took postcard-sized art paper and, while waiting in an airport or taking a private moment in the home of a generous host, would capture a scene of an intriguing place or person. On a long trip, Kathy and the children might receive one of these original postcards in the mail. Upon his return home, Hal would send a similar custom-made thank-you note to his host.”
Though a widely celebrated haunted holiday, Halloween isn’t the 31st of October’s only claim to fame. In fact, Mormon history has had its fair share of chilling and thrilling events that all took place on that day.
Halloween isn’t widely known for anything other than candy and costumes, but did you know that on this day in Mormon history, the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company was met by 10 rescue wagons in 1856, or that Yugoslavia was dedicated for missionary work by then-Elder Thomas S. Monson in 1985? Find out other LDS events that share All Hallows Eve in the timeline below:
1833: Violence erupts in Jackson County, Missouri as local citizens attempt to expel Church members.
1838: Missouri militia officers demand that the Saints give up their arms, pay for the cost of the war, leave the state, and surrender Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, Parley P. Pratt, and George W. Robinson. George Hinkle, colonel of the Mormon forces guarding Far West, agrees to the demands and lures Joseph and the others into the mob’s camp, where they are immediately taken prisoner.
Why do Mormons love NBA legend John Stockton? Yes, he demonstrated incredible skill while playing for the Utah Jazz, which was owned by Church member Larry Miller. But beyond that, here are three reasons LDS faithful admire this Hall of Famer.
John Stockton is a devout Roman Catholic. Church members are certain to respect him for staying true to his values, even with all the fame and fortune that came with his career with the Utah Jazz.
In the foreword of Stockton’s new autobiography, Assisted, former team member Karl Malone writes: “From the very first, I realized that what you see is what you get with John. Stockton never wavered one iota from his beliefs. He never shared them publicly, so people thought he didn’t have them. He did, and he stayed true to them.”
Why does modesty always become an issue around Halloween? What is it about this holiday that makes people feel okay about showing more skin than usual?
I love dressing up for Halloween, and as an LDS midsingle, there are plenty of parties and dances to attend in costume. But I’ve noticed that a lot of LDS adults, many of whom are endowed, wear costumes that show a lot of skin and fall short of modesty standards.
I’m not suggesting this only happens with the midsingles crowd, but I suspect it’s more common among single Church members than married ones. In fact, a single 20-something woman—a returned missionary—recently told a friend, “I’m modest for 364 days a year. This is my day to look sexy.” And she’s not alone. I know many women who forego temple garments so they can wear a costume to show off their bodies (which can make the women in modest costumes look somewhat frumpy by comparison). And many men do the same thing, taking Halloween as an opportunity to show off their muscles by going shirtless or even sans pants if they’re trying to be funny (smiley face boxers, anyone?). Because immodest costumes are common enough among LDS adults, my friends and I sometimes refer to Halloween as "Mormon Mardi Gras." Let’s face it, with so many plunging necklines, short skirts, and rippling muscles, there’s a different vibe at such get-togethers.