Check out these cool facts and studies that show why religious teens--Mormons in particular--are less likely to get in trouble and more likely to be happier in life.
There are countless studies discussing the relationship between religion and teens' habits. In short, teens that are raised in a religious home are more likely to stay away from debilitating habits and develop healthier ones.
In a recent study from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, which represented over 14,000 American youth, it was discovered that religious youth with intact families are less likely to:
• do drugs
• engage in physical intimacy
Additionally, this study pointed out that religious teens also have a higher GPA in high school.
A separate study indicated that teens who practice religion will:
From football to gymnastics, check out these impressive stats and stories from Mormon athletes you might not have heard about.
Matt Sherwood, World Champion Team Roper
We've all heard about the Steve Youngs and Jimmer Fredettes of the LDS sports world--but what about other little-known Mormons in sports? Check out some of these quick facts and interesting tidbits about LDS athletes you might not have heard about before.
13 - Age at which champion surfer Joy Monahan started surfing competitively
10 - Age at which Olympic snowboarder Jessika Jenson picked up snowboarding
They say that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight--but does it? Read more about this Mormon phrase and let us know if and when your family has a curfew.
If you find yourself out late at night, watch out--they say that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight.
Who is "they"? Many of us have heard this funny Mormon phrase from our moms and dads, grandparents, teachers, and friends. We've even heard the phrase over the pulpit once in general conference:
Have expectations for your children. We had a curfew and told our sons that the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight. When they didn’t come home, a few times the Holy Ghost told me to go out and find them. That surprised a few of their dates! We laugh about that now—but I must admit, laughter comes easier as they have grown older.
Of course, we all know that the Holy Ghost doesn't actually "go to bed" at midnight, or at any other time. This simple turn of phrase isn't used to arbitrarily limit the Holy Ghost's influence; as long as we are worthy, we are promised that we will "always have his spirit to be with [us]." And nothing magical happens between 11:59pm and 12:01am that suddenly changes our worthiness. Rather, saying that "the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight" is a tongue-in-cheek way of encouraging youth and young single adults to mind the time--and their actions--when they're out on the town, especially late at night. Every parent knows that the later young people stay out (even righteous and well-intentioned youth), the more likely they are to make questionable decisions and find trouble.
Stake callings and calls to the Bishopric or any presidency are big changes that visibly affect a lot of ward members. And while these callings are definitely very time consuming and deserve a lot of attention, sometimes we neglect to recognize the vital role of other callings, from door greeters and choristers to home and visiting teaching supervisors, in building Zion.
There is a quote I love from Lord of the Rings: “Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
Sometimes I feel like we have a tendency to express appreciation for a handful of "great" callings in the Church that have a lot of visible work, while countless "small" callings quietly move the work of the gospel forward without much recognition. I first noticed this when I was called as the Relief Society chorister shortly after moving into a new young single adult ward my second year of college. It was a calling I accepted, but I also felt a little discouraged about it because it wasn’t as involved as some of my previous callings had been. I determined to do my best with it though, and ended up enjoying picking songs each week and smiling at those who looked discouraged while I lead the music. Only a few months into this calling, I was shocked to be called as the Relief Society president, and even more shocked to find out that my efforts as a Relief Society chorister had been very much noticed by my Bishop. It wasn't very long before I really started appreciating my previous calling as a chorister and all the “small hands” that helped the ward run smoothly—there are certainly a lot of them:
Studio C just finished their fourth season, and it was even funnier than the first three! We couldn't believe the hilarious stuff they came up with this year. Check out some of our favorite sketches!