I know what you’re thinking. That title must be wrong. No way could someone lose 40 pounds simply by following the Word of Wisdom. Well, I’m here to tell you that the Word of Wisdom proved to be the best way for my body to get in shape—in my entire life.
Jenny Spencer, before her mission and after.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jenny. And I’m a choco-holic. I come from a very long line of Mormon choco-holics. What can I say? It’s in my blood. Ever since I was about 12 years old, I was overweight. Fatty food was always a vice for me. And I never really enjoyed exercise. Put those two facts together, and you’ve got a recipe for bad health.
I embarked on my mission as a fairly heavy-set sister missionary. And my three weeks in the MTC only made matters worse (thanks, MTC cafeteria!). But when I arrived on the tiny island of La Réunion, 400 miles off the coast of Madagascar, I quickly found that it would be all too easy to stay overweight. This beautiful French island is inundated with amazing French cuisine and chocolate, Indian food, and all sorts of other fatty goodness.
I’d been there for about 6 months when I was studying the Word of Wisdom to teach to an investigator. And it dawned on me: I didn’t live the Word of Wisdom very well. It was like a lightning bolt had hit me. I didn’t eat the healthiest food, I detested the half-hour between 6:30 and 7 a.m. when I was supposed to be exercising, and simply put—I felt weak.
Red carpet fashions that can inspire modest trends? Yes please! Check out the modest looks we caught at last night's Emmy awards.
We know what you're thinking--nothing truly "modest" can come from a red carpet event. But as we search everywhere we can in the world for that which is lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we think there are a few great gowns worn at last night's Emmy Awards that are worth mentioning.
Without endorsing the lifestyle of the celebrities wearing them, we thought these gowns were both gorgeous and modest (or near-modest) enough to inspire LDS women who want to keep things covered and still keep things fashionable:
Photo from NY Daily News
Popular LDS author and speaker John Bytheway is known for his gospel insights. These eleven treasured quotes on the nature of gospel teachings could change your life.
"When the winds of adversity come, remember one thing--kites fly the very highest against the wind. Kites don't fly in spite of opposition, kites fly high because of opposition. In fact, they couldn't fly without opposition."
The last apostle to celebrate his birthday this month is Elder Robert D. Hales. Happy 82nd birthday!
Elder Hales in the US Air Force, from his book Return.
1. He grew up on Long Island, New York, 20 miles away from the nearest LDS chapel.
His father once took him to the Sacred Grove where they prayed and made personal commitments to the Lord. Later, his father painted him a picture of the Sacred Grove, which Elder Hales still has hanging in his office.
2. He was briefly nicknamed "Hard-Luck Hales"
After a losing streak as the starting pitcher for his high school baseball team, the local papers ran the headline, "Hard-Luck Hales Loses Again." His pitching slump was due to his habit of showing off his best pitches during warm-ups, then getting worn out during the game. His coach advised him to not wear out his arm, and the next game he pitched a shutout.
The newest thing in LDS social media is the hashtag #sharegoodness, introduced by Elder David A. Bednar. Check out this list of ten people who set a great example of how to "share goodness."
In a landmark devotional given at BYU Education Week, Elder David A. Bednar invited members the world over to flood the earth with their testimonies. (The Church handbook has even been updated to reflect this message.)
As part of this initiative, Elder Bednar invited members to "share goodness" through their various social media channels, leading to the birth of a new hashtag trending in the online LDS community: #sharegoodness.
The Mormon Channel helps explain in this tweet: