Why do Mormons love NBA legend John Stockton? Yes, he demonstrated incredible skill while playing for the Utah Jazz, which was owned by Church member Larry Miller. But beyond that, here are three reasons LDS faithful admire this Hall of Famer.
John Stockton is a devout Roman Catholic. Church members are certain to respect him for staying true to his values, even with all the fame and fortune that came with his career with the Utah Jazz.
In the foreword of Stockton’s new autobiography, Assisted, former team member Karl Malone writes: “From the very first, I realized that what you see is what you get with John. Stockton never wavered one iota from his beliefs. He never shared them publicly, so people thought he didn’t have them. He did, and he stayed true to them.”
Why does modesty always become an issue around Halloween? What is it about this holiday that makes people feel okay about showing more skin than usual?
I love dressing up for Halloween, and as an LDS midsingle, there are plenty of parties and dances to attend in costume. But I’ve noticed that a lot of LDS adults, many of whom are endowed, wear costumes that show a lot of skin and fall short of modesty standards.
I’m not suggesting this only happens with the midsingles crowd, but I suspect it’s more common among single Church members than married ones. In fact, a single 20-something woman—a returned missionary—recently told a friend, “I’m modest for 364 days a year. This is my day to look sexy.” And she’s not alone. I know many women who forego temple garments so they can wear a costume to show off their bodies (which can make the women in modest costumes look somewhat frumpy by comparison). And many men do the same thing, taking Halloween as an opportunity to show off their muscles by going shirtless or even sans pants if they’re trying to be funny (smiley face boxers, anyone?). Because immodest costumes are common enough among LDS adults, my friends and I sometimes refer to Halloween as "Mormon Mardi Gras." Let’s face it, with so many plunging necklines, short skirts, and rippling muscles, there’s a different vibe at such get-togethers.
My father named me Muhammad after the prophet of Islam. He expected me to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading a jihad, or holy struggle, to convert nonbelievers to Islam throughout our entire Nigerian homeland. And though I spent more than two decades striving to fulfill his dream for me, my life took an unexpected turn when I found the gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the LDS Church—a decision that would cost me my family and my freedom.
The guards unlocked a sliding cell door that led to a common area packed with fanatic Islamic terrorists of one sort or another. They were all looking at me.
“This is the Al-Azhar student who converted to Christianity,” one of the guards announced, shoving me through the door. “This is the infidel.”
The guards barely had time to exit and lock things down before a throng of inmates converged on me. The hatred in their eyes terrified me. I dropped to my knees and wrapped my arms
around my newly shaved head as they pummeled me with fists and feet.
Halloween is almost here, and if you're still searching for your Halloween "look," we've got you covered. Here are five great LDS-themed costumes we love.
It's that time of year again, and with Halloween fast approaching, it's time to talk costumes. Sure you can go as a witch or mummy for the fourteenth time, but to break you out of your costume slump, we've brought you the very best easy and LDS-inspired costumes.
Of course, there are many more "LDS-themed" costume ideas out there, from going as green
Jell-O or the CTR shield to doubling as Napolean Dynamite and Pedro. But out of all the different options, these are our five favorites:
Angel Moroni Statue
The historic live broadcasting of the Priesthood session of general conference last weekend got us thinking: how and where did you watch it?
At this year's conference gathering something new happened that hasn't ever before in the 183 year history of LDS conference: Priesthood session was broadcast, on TV, radio, and internet, live. The annoucement was met with open arms by Latter-day Saints everywhere, and there are a lot of great benefits to having the session broadcast more openly available, as some of our Facebook fans were quick to point out in their comments:
"This will make it easier for my husband--who has a lot of illness and resulting physical disabilities to deal with--to watch in real time. He's so happy about this, as am I."
—Heidi Lott Page
"Now my husband will be able to see it even when he is at work!"
—Nola Hansen Bergquist