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.’”
Our homes are reflections of our unique personalities, and as such they are a great way to quietly share our beliefs with those who visit them. Check out these five quick tips to help your home reflect your beliefs.
An LDS visitors' center is a great place to take a gander if you’re looking for a quick summary of the Church through pictures, statues, displays, and digital media. Without hanging an obvious sign on the door accompanied by a hefty stack of pass-along cards, you can turn your home into kind of personalized “visitors' center” that will give visitors to your home a sense of your beliefs and maybe even spark some questions!
Here are a few easy ways to get started:
This week Barbie appeared in the 50th anniversary issue of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Both the toymaker and the publication are "unapologetic." But should they be?
Barbie made a splash this week when she appeared in the 50th anniversary issue of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
The venture between toymaker Mattel and Sports Illustrated, both of which have been highly criticized for their promotion of unrealistic body images, includes a a multi-page advertising section inside the magazine and a cover-wrap that will appear on 1,000 copies declaring Barbie "the doll that started it all"—an accurate claim since Barbie is often considered the ultimate in unattainable beauty. In fact, if Barbie were a real woman, her proportions would be as follows:
Barbie's neck is twice as long and six inches thinner than the average
woman in the U.S. She would be incapable of lifting her head.
legs are 50 percent longer than her arms. The average woman’s legs are
only 20 percent longer. They’re also only 16 inches around, while the
average American woman’s thighs are 25 inches around. And at just 11
inches around, only 1 in 642 women would have calves like Barbie’s.
Waist-Hip Ratio: Barbie has a waist-hip ratio of .56, meaning her waist measurement is 56 percent of her hip circumference. The average woman has a waist-hip ratio of .80