Every worthy, able young man is commanded to serve a mission. What if your child is worthy but not able to serve a proselyting? The Young Church-Service Missionary Program might be right for them.
“Formal missionary service is not limited to those who are able to serve proselyting missions,” says Elder Adrian Ochoa, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “There are many young adults for whom a proselyting mission isn’t possible due to physical, mental, or emotional challenges. These young men and women do a great deal of good in Church organizations throughout the world as Church-service missionaries."
Who can serve as a young Church-service missionary?
Bishops and counselors often pray long and hard over who they should call to serve in their wards. But what happens when, after your own prayer and counsel with the Lord, the answer you feel prompted to give is “no”?
It’s a word that can be extremely difficult to say, especially in a religion that often values service before self and expects a lot of its members. We don’t want to disappoint our leaders, and we especially don’t want to disappoint the Lord. Saying “no” feels like admitting we don’t trust the plan the Lord has in store for us, especially when we feel like we need to say no to an assignment as important as a Church calling.
Let me pause here and explain a little more about myself: I really struggle with children. I have a hard time interacting with them, and I have always dreaded a calling in the Primary. Being a young, active, LDS married woman, I know that getting called to the Primary isn’t a question of if, it’s a question of when. And when that day does come, answering “no” is an option I feel I need to at least consider, if only for the sake of my sanity and the sake of any potential future posterity I might one day decide to have.
It may be March, but believe it or not, swimsuits are out on the racks. And that means that spring is just around the corner!
Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with my swimsuit. I love it because it takes me to the pool, where I can finally enjoy some sun. But I hate it because it takes me to a million stores where I try to find a modest swimsuit for my six-foot-tall, imperfect body. I usually end up in a dressing room wading through a sea of swimsuits on the floor. This is why I'll wear one swimsuit down to bare threads before someone can persuade me to buy a new one. But this year, the modest swimsuits are everywhere! From Lime Ricki to Walmart, there is modest swimwear for all body and wallet sizes.
But here is my disclaimer: all bodies are different. What may be modest on one woman may not be modest on another. I know that some people don’t even like to wear swimsuits to the beach. To each her own! Wear what makes you feel modest and comfortable! I’m just so glad to have found some swimsuits that won’t plunge down my neckline or show off any midriff. And that won’t wipe out my bank account!
Lime Ricki: Top $42.50
Caring for terminally ill loved ones is not easy. The service we render is personal and emotional, but caregivers can be blessed with peace as they turn to their source of healing and accept support from others. Find out what to expect and what you can do when your loved one is terminally ill.
When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, many people find themselves navigating through unfamiliar territory. It is common to experience a roller coaster of emotions and a sense of uncertainty, and many Church members wonder how best to care for their loved one in their final months, weeks, and hours of life.
Family members, friends, and caregivers can play an important role in providing comfort and support to someone entering this final phase of life. Sometimes it is not so much what you say or do, but just being present with them that can provide a sense of reassurance and comfort.
We've heard them all before. From the man who's lived in the ward twenty years and starts his talk with "for those of you who don't know me" to telling the story about how you ended up at the podium because you couldn't dodge the Bishop, sometimes sacrament meetings can start to all sound the same when these cliches are in play.
Have you been to this meeting before? After the hymns are sung and the sacrament is passed, the first speaker gets up to begin their talk. Only, instead of launching into their prepared material, they start with a line like:
"For those of you know don't know me, my name is Brother Smith."
"I haven't given a talk in a while--I guess the Bishop must've noticed."
"This talk is more for me than it is for you."
As members of a church that doesn't employ a specific "preacher," we've all been there. It can be easy to resort to a canned phrase or well-known transition to help ease into our prepared remarks. And that's alright. But when you line all these sayings up, the phrases change from a list of go-to transitions and turn out to be quite a hoot!
How many of the sacrament meeting talk cliches from this video have you heard before?