The 146th angel Moroni statue has been successfully placed on top the Provo City Center Temple, which has been under construction for quite some time now. Scroll through these awesome photos from this milestone event! To learn more about this Mormon icon, check out this 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Angel Moroni Statue by LDS Living.
We love to see this historic temple receive such a beautiful statue of the angel Moroni.
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Some Church members are sticklers when it comes to addressing people as "Brother" or "Sister." Others prefer a more casual approach and even like it when the youth call them by their first names. So, where do you fit on the formality scale?
Gone are the days of referring to the prophet of the Church by his first name, such as “Brother Joseph” or “Brother Brigham.” And though today’s standard of addressing one another in Church settings is Brother or Sister (Insert Last Name Here), a lot of members I know actually prefer to be called by their first names.
I think it’s safe to say that church leaders such as bishops, stake presidents, etc., should always be addressed by their titles—even when you run into them at the grocery store or a football game. But for the rest of us, it’s not so clear-cut.
People in the “Brother/Sister” camp often feel that calling each other as such reminds us that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. It can also help maintain a sense of propriety, especially in mixed company, and help people stay in the proper frame of mind. Those who like the first name approach often say it helps them feel a closer connection with people. Then there are those who like their peers to call them by their first name and the youth to address them as “Brother” or “Sister.”
This can be confusing to everyone, but perhaps especially for the youth. There are many young people I know who have been raised to always address adults more formally. But what about the Young Men or Young Women leaders who encourage the youth to call them by their first names in an effort to be more approachable? And then what happens when that leader is released and another then requires these same youth to address him or her as “Brother” or “Sister”? Do you see what I mean? Even I was recently asked by a Relief Society sister to always address her as "Sister" and not her first name, and I am middle aged.
How are we really raising our boys and girls? Do we enforce the same rules and teach the same principles? Maybe it's time for a closer look. Read on for some personal stories about some ways that boys and girls are sometimes treated differently--and not always when they should be.
It's simple: boys and girls are different. In some cases, treating a daughter differently than a son makes sense; gender is a divinely appointed part of personal identity and our differences are important to remember and plan for. But in in the cases of modesty, Church awards programs, and technology, it might be best to consider parenting policies that don't favor one gender over another, as we've learned:
Recently, my 13-year-old son began lifting weights after school. As a result, he has developed large, well-defined muscles. Anxious to show off his new body, he asked me if we could go shopping for a tank top—a request that I immediately denied. "Why not?" he argued. “Because modesty isn’t just for girls,” I replied.
I can't help but notice how LDS girls are constantly reminded to be careful of their hemlines, necklines, and sleeve lengths. In fact, most parents I know are sticklers when it comes to how their daughters dress. But are we as equally concerned about our sons’ wardrobes being modest?
In For the Strength of Youth it reads: “Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance.”
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