Women today are bombarded by harmful messages in society about their bodies and appearances. And sometimes our harshest critics are the eyes looking back at us in the mirror. When our sense of personal beauty is threatened, it’s important to remember who the rightful beholder of true beauty is—our Heavenly Father.
In the second grade when I got my first pair of eyeglasses, my mother said, “My little girl isn’t pretty anymore.” A few years later, my brother told me I had ugly teeth and called me a rude name.
Years later, I overheard a boy I was dating say to his friends that he thought I was cute, except he thought my nose was too big. Another boy who was teaching me to dive commented that I looked great in a swimsuit, barring my large hips. Yet another boy told me I was a fun person but that I didn’t have much on top. I took all of these comments about my body and tucked them away in my heart. They have stuck with me over the years and negatively affected the way I see and feel about myself.
Eventually I got contact lenses and had my teeth fixed, which helped me feel better about myself. Yet, whenever I looked in the mirror I still saw a big nose, large hips, and a flat chest. I habitually wore long sweaters and shirts to cover my hips, padded bras to enhance my chest, and avoided wearing swimsuits like the plague.
These experiences have taught me that words can have a deep impact on people— for good or bad. Why do those careless, negative words seem to stick like superstrength adhesive while the positive ones slide off like soft butter? Why do we so willingly believe the negative words?
Every Monday, we're excited for FHE, but a lot of hard work goes into it! Follow the 10 emotional stages parents go through as they get ready for this night of family learning and fun.
Mondays are the worst. But Monday nights are the best! Time for family home evening!
Wait. You haven’t actually planned FHE yet. You have no lesson plan, the house is a mess, and there's nothing in the cupboards for dessert.
You can do this. You do this every week. Just delegate some tasks to the kids, shove the kids' toys into the hall closet, and throw some store-bought cookie dough in the oven.
You've shopped, cleaned, and planned, but nobody else is ready for the epic FHE you've prepared.
Time to round up the kids.
Make sure they pay attention.
They won't sit still long. You've got ten minutes tops before they run off again.
After someone attempts or commits suicide, the things we say to those affected can help heal--or cause hurt. Find out what and what not to say to someone whose loved one has attempted or committed suicide.
When I was in high school, my father attempted suicide several times. He ended up committed into psychological and addiction institutions more than once across a range of months. As a family, we desperately struggled to cope with this trial.
I remember that we had to lock up everything that could hold an edge, from my shaving razor to seam rippers to straight pins. I remember wondering if I would come home to find my dad alive or not. And I remember the things that people said--both good and bad.
My heart goes out to the children of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, who committed suicide earlier this week. Some of the things said over social media about him and to his children have ranged from caring and supportive to thoughtless and downright cruel.
In light of the Williams' experience and mine, I'd like to propose my list of things you should and shouldn't say to the loved ones of someone who has attempted or committed suicide:
Click here to find out what you should and shouldn't say to someone with depression.
Technology has come a long way in the past twenty years--and so has the Church's use of it. Just take a peek at how LDS websites looked back when the internet was new.
Did you know that LDS Living wasn't originally a magazine? Back in the day, it was just an online product catalog. Just check out what the original LDS Living website looked like when it was launched in 2000:
Of course, LDS Living has come a long way in the past 14 years. And so have other great Church websites. From LDS.org to the Deseret News, take a look at the original form of popular LDS websites--and how they've evolved through the years.
With over 26 million combined views, these five most-watched "I'm a Mormon" videos continue to share the diverse lives of Latter-day Saints from around the globe!
I'm a Sculptor for Harley Davidson and a Mormon
Released in February 2013 and now has just over 8 million views.
I'm a Mormon, Trainer, and National Judo Champ
Released November 2012 and now has over 6 million views.
I Believe That Art is Inspirational and That All Inspiration Comes from God
Released in February 2013 and now has almost 5 million views.
I'm a Mormon, and Immigrant, and a Banker
Released April 2014 and now has nearly 4 million views.
I'm a Mormon, Mom of Two Autistic Boys, and a Teacher
Released in March 2014 and now has just over 3 million views.