Moms have a lot of great qualities. Check out these fun throwback Church commercials that illustrate five of them.
In honor of Mother's Day, we've put together a list of six things we love about moms that are perfectly portrayed in old Church commercials.
Moms love to have fun with their kids
Give them a chance to do something with you that you both love, and you might be surprised how competitive they can be.
Ever run up against a tough question about Church doctrine that you didn't know how to answer? Here are five strategies to help you know how to make an educated reply.
Once again, general conference has come and gone, and members of the Church are left with the words of prophets and apostles of the Lord who expressed key fundamentals for sharing the gospel. These fundamentals included: gaining a larger view of the plan of salvation, possessing a sound understanding of the scriptures, and sharing without a contentious spirit. In addition, authorities counseled against trying to prove the gospel’s truth; however, they urged members to work diligently to spread the message of the Restoration so it can be heard above those who misrepresent LDS beliefs.
Raising a family with children from multiple marriages can be difficult, even in the best of circumstances. But for Latter-day Saints, the added help of caring ward members can make the transition easier. Find out what you can do to support and strengthen blended families in your ward or branch.
Few of us grow up thinking, “Someday, I want to be part of raising a blended family,” especially in the LDS community, where the ideal is to have a mother and father marry and stay married, raising their children together.
I was certainly set on the ideal as a young woman—my husband and I raising our children together, no “steps” involved, but that is not how things turned out. When my husband and I met and married, a second marriage for both of us, we brought four children with us—my 2-yearold daughter and his three older daughters.
Over the last 22 years, we have worked hard to create a sense of family among our now 10 family members. And while it’s been a struggle at times, we are grateful for the successes we’ve experienced and for the support of those around us. One thing is for sure, a blended family’s best chance at success does not happen in isolation. Blended families need support. And branch or ward members can play a key role in providing such support. Here are nine ways we can support the blended families in our congregations.
Recognize that No Two Blended Families Are Alike
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two blended families are alike. Some families blend seamlessly, while others may be having a difficult time, barely speaking to their stepparent, much less thinking of them as family. If you want to help a blended family, get to know them rather than assuming that, because you know other blended families, you know them. Invite them over for dinner or family home evening. By getting to know them, you give yourself the best shot at providing meaningful support.
Find out what makes one young single LDS man uncertain about marriage and his idea to change that.
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At the start of this year, I got tired of not being able to see the world. So, with careful financial planning, I began my efforts to hit my goal of visiting six continents in six months. I’m already up to three!
When I share this with my married friends, they usually say, “Get that all out of your system now, because when you’re married . . .”
Then they trail off into an assumed negative statement of common knowledge about how marriage means that life isn’t fun or something. (I’m not sure because no one ever finishes that sentence.)
Sure, it becomes more expensive and more difficult (especially with kids). But does excitement have to be drained out of a relationship because of family?
In pondering over that question, I realized one of my biggest fears about marriage is that life will become audaciously ordinary, banal—dull.
Of the couples I have observed, there are very few marriages which look enjoyable to me. (Now admittedly, the couples in those relationships may be perfectly content; it just doesn’t seem like it would work for me.)
Not great odds. But determined to beat the odds, I started to consider the commonalities between the marriages I admired.
The Lord warned in the scriptures that we should be careful not to be like the Pharisees. That counsel didn’t just apply in ancient times. It still applies today, though perhaps in a little bit of a different way.
If there's one group of people the Savior disliked, it would probably be the Pharisees. But the Savior didn't dislike anyone, you might say. Well, check out the New Testament. Christ calls the Pharisees fools, serpents, and vipers, and at one point even says that they are "full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanliness" (Matthew 23:27). At every point in the Savior’s earthly ministry, there always seemed to be a Pharisee lurking about, trying to trip Him up or make Him look foolish. Is it any wonder that they frustrated Him so much?
The Bible Dictionary notes that Pharisees separated themselves from their Jewish brothers and sisters and "prided themselves on their strict observance of the law, and on the care with which they avoided contact with things gentile." What stands out to me as I read the entry on Pharisees is the following section: "the tendency of their teaching was to reduce religion to the observance of a multiplicity of ceremonial rules, and to encourage self-sufficiency and spiritual pride. They were a major obstacle to the reception of Christ and the gospel by the Jewish people" (Bible Dictionary, p. 750, Pharisees). That's a pretty hefty claim, one which helps us understand why the Pharisees really bothered the Savior.