For many retired people, serving a senior mission can sometimes seem a distant dream, but recent changes to missionary service put this goal well within the reach of many couples. And no matter what your age, if you want to serve a senior couples mission, you can start preparing for it now. Read on to find out how.
In October 2012, President Thomas S. Monson lowered the age requirements for young missionaries. Within a year, the number of young elders and sisters serving had risen by over 21,000—a staggering 40-percent increase.
Less well known among Latter-day Saints are changes to service opportunities for senior missionaries that occurred about a year prior to that announcement. In September 2011, monthly housing costs for seniors were capped at $1,400. Options to serve for 6 or 12 months in international missions were opened to those willing to pay their own transportation to and from the mission field. The hope was to provide more opportunities for even better experiences for seniors.
From television to traffic lights to hearing aids, find out what things you use (some everyday!) that were invented by Mormons.
One can’t speak of the invention of the television without looking at its inventor, Philo T. Farnsworth. Philo was born in 1906 in Beaver, Utah. His family had followed Brigham Young to the Utah Valley, and Philo grew up on a ranch in Rigby, Idaho where his family moved after leaving Beaver.
Two of our favorite Joshes in one place? Find out the story behind the picture of LDS pianist Josh Wright with pop star Josh Groban!
The setting was regal, to be sure.
Josh Wright, decorated LDS concert pianist and accomplished performer, made his Carnegie Hall debut last Thursday, January 23rd. "I was excited for that to be happening," he says. "It's a big event for anybody, their Carnegie Hall debut."
Wright, currently a student at the University of Michigan in pursuit of his doctrate in musical art, explains how it came together: "I was invited by my friend Mary Anne Huntsman." Huntsman is also an accomplished musician. "When she asked me, she said, 'would you like to play half of my concert in Zankel Hall?'" (Carnegie Hall actually has three performance halls--Zankel is the medium size hall.)
"I had performed at the Weill Recital Hall before, just the small one, as part of a group concert. This was a lot bigger, and a lot more intimate of a setting so far as how the audience is situated around the concert stage."
The lineup, which Wright selected himself, included five songs: Chopin Ballade, No. 1 in G minor; Chopin Nocturne 48, No. 1 in C minor; Chopin Etude Op. 2, No. 4; Chopin Etude Op. 25, No. 11; and Liszt’s La Campanella. (Can you tell Chopin is his favorite composer?)
From random missionary encounters to anchor characters in blockbuster movies, you may be surprised to find out where Mormon characters have shown up in the movies.
When we heard that the main character in Rain Man was inspired by the life of a Mormon, we were surprised. When a pair of obviously Mormon missionaries accosted Jim Carrey's character, Carl, in Yes Man, we grinned. And when two of "Ocean's Eleven" were introduced as "the Mormon brothers" from Utah, we nearly fell out of our chairs.
Mormon characters, it seems, are becoming more and more common in the movies. And not just the Mormon-targeted movies like The Singles Ward and even Ephraim's Rescue. Characters who are presented as being Mormon are actually showing up in some surprising places in big-time movies. Check out this chronological compilation or Mormon or Mormon-inspired characters from blockbuster movies you may have seen before:
We know parents love their kids and would probably do anything for them. Doing everything for them, though, might make it difficult for your teens to use their own wings when they leave the nest.
You probably thought you were pretty knowledgeable when you left home the first time, until about an hour later when you found yourself calling a parent or friend for help with something. Whether your teen is headed to the school scene, the MTC, or the world of the working, use this list of ten important skills to make sure they're adequately prepared to fly solo.
- Know how to properly wash and iron clothing. Buying a new wardrobe thanks to a red shirt in the whites or an over-heated iron is not a pleasant – or frugal – way to start living independently.