Sometimes it's easy to fall into repeating the same phrases in our prayers over and over again, but when we start praying on auto-pilot, do we really mean it anymore?
Have you heard this prayer before?
"Heavenly Father, we thank thee for this day, and thank thee for the moisture we have received. Please bless the refreshments, that they will nourish and strengthen our bodies..."
We have. At least once a week.
Don't get us wrong--any prayer is better than no prayer. And sometimes just getting through it is something to be celebrated. It's also important to remember that these are great things to be praying for! But when a prayer becomes an automatic exercise filled with stock phrases without any meaning behind them, that's when we run into trouble.
Considering that the Lord counseled us not to use vain repetitions in prayers, here are 7 clichéd phrases from LDS prayers we may want to think about before saying:
As religious leaders and scientific studies warn of how destructive pornography is, society looks the other way. Why does public opinion judge petty offenses like littering more harshly than pornography consumption?
Have you heard this statement (or one like it)?
“It’s not until porn impacts [someone's] personal life or sex drive that you should be concerned.”
The same article this comes from, which was posted on Cosmo "The Online Women's Magazine," also went on to say we should feel "OK" if our significant others watching pornography "regularly." (Read the full article at your own risk.)
Pornography is addictive. Whether you're religious or not, there's no arguing about it. Study after study after study show that it upsets the chemical balance in the brain in ways similar to other highly-addictive drugs (think like cocaine).
There's a fine line between striving for perfection in a healthy manner and letting perfectionism debilitate us. So what do we do when the Lord has commanded us to "be ye therefore perfect"?
Perfectionism. It’s a slippery slope. Obsessing over doing everything perfectly can lead to anxiety, depression, and broken relationships—and a whole myriad of other problems. I’ve had friends fall victim to it, and I myself have tried to be perfect in everything I do.
So then what do we do when Christ has commanded us to “be ye therefore perfect”?
I know, I know. We’ve all heard the talks about how its translation really means “whole, complete, or finished.” (For an example of this explanation, see Elder Russell M. Nelson’s talk, “Perfection Pending.”) But these words definitely don’t describe my life. Those words sound just as intimidating as “perfect.” Anyone else nodding their heads at this? Is it just me?
Mormons are pretty consistent about blessing their food. But how do they approach it when eating in public?
Ever heard of the “Mormon headache”? I first heard this phrase from my mother when I was growing up. She would tell us funny little stories of going on dates with guys who would close their eyes and put their head in their hand before they ate their meal at a restaurant, as a way to say a quick silent blessing on the food. Situations like this bring up an interesting question:
Should you pray over your food when you’re in public?
Though the answer may vary for everyone, it's important to understanding why we bless the food before deciding on the solution for your family. According to the BYU Encyclopedia entry on blessing the food, “Latter-day Saints follow the patterns established by Christ and his disciples in blessings on food. When feeding the multitudes, Christ gave thanks for sustenance (Matt. 15:35-36) and blessed it (Matt. 14:19). Paul taught that food was to be received with prayer and thanksgiving (1 Tim. 4:3-5).”
As Mormons, we've got a lot of things figured out. And we're pretty good at talking about our beliefs in a way that makes sense. So why is it that we keep using this outlandishly common four-word phrase that we don't even really believe in?
A couple of weeks ago, we posted a mouthwatering collection of funeral potato recipes on our Facebook page.
Seriously, if you haven't seen the recipes, prepare to drool.
They were a total hit. Among the many comments we got back from you on (thanks!) we also noticed an interesting conversation between a few people.