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:
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Summertime is wedding season, but even if you're not a "June Bride," you'll love these vintage pictures of the general authorities at their weddings.
Summer is a popular time to tie the knot--even among the apostles! June, July, and August are the months with the most apostle marriages, each with three anniversaries apiece.
Celebrate the wedding "season" with this gallery of fun photos!
Not pictured: Elder Holland, Elder Scott, Elder Bednar, and Elder Cook
Thomas S. Monson
Married Frances Beverly Johnson on October 7, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Photo found in To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson
Fatherhood is challenging for every man--and not even the apostles are perfect. But like many others they've learned valuable lessons from their parents and from being parents themselves. Here are a few select stories--sweet, funny, and poignant--from and about the current Church leaders on fatherhood.
Thomas S. Monson
President Monson and son Clark fishing. Photo from President Monson's biography, To The Rescue.
Though President Monson often stayed late at the office, he was a dad when he was home. He mowed the lawn with the help of the boys. He planted a vegetable garden and enlisted the children to pull weeds; he took them bowling and to the movies, swimming at the Deseret Gym, sleigh riding in winter, and to the Pioneer Day parade in the summer. For the parade, they set up chairs in front of his father's printing enterprise on Main Street and cheered for President Monson's brother Bob when he rode by on his horse, positioned on the front row of the Ute Rangers and carrying the organization's flag. Often, President Monson took the boys fishinhg and duck hunting, two of their favorite passtimes.