Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10 More Common Words That Mean Something Different to Mormons

I remember being in a professional development course and how the instructor emphasized not using too much jargon with the families we worked with because it could be intimidating and give the families a sense of isolation.  Similarly, there is much jargon that is well known to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but that is not understood by everyone.  It is important to be aware of the words we use and how others might interpret them.  Due to popularity of the original list (found here), I have created a new list of 10 more words.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

15 inspiring quotes from President Gordon B. Hinckley

President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is fondly remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He also had a special way with words that inspired thousands of members around the world. Here are some of his most inspiring quotes to help lift you up when you're feeling down.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

General Conference Quote Recap

We hope that you enjoyed Easter and LDS General Conference this past weekend. We have gathered some of our favorite quotes from the sessions and hope they resonate with you as they did with us. Leave a comment with your favorite quote.

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 Reasons Why Families That Play Together Stay Together

Growing up in a family that lived by the philosophy “work first, play later,” Saturdays were nearly always reserved for household chores and yard work. One Saturday morning, however, my siblings and I asked our parents if we could spend the day together at a local waterpark. Fully expecting the answer to be no, we were shocked and elated when the answer turned out to be yes. We all enjoyed this spontaneous activity, and have agreed since then that it was one of the most cherished family events we can remember.

Why did this simple experience prove to be so unforgettable for our family? Was it the sheer novelty of the event, or was it due to something else entirely?

The answer, it turns out, can be traced to a common saying that is both doctrinally and scientifically valid: “Families that play together stay together.” In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”—published 20 years ago by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—it states that successful marriages and families are built not only upon principles of faith, love, and work (among others), but also on “wholesome recreational activities.”[1] Adding further light to this prophetic statement, a large body of scientific evidence has identified three key reasons why families that play together stay together. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

15 Signs You Might Be a Texas Mormon

If you’ve ever been to Texas, then you know that it’s a world all of its own. And if you are, or know a Mormon, then you are probably familiar with some of the cultural quirks and traditions. Texas Mormons combine a rich heritage with ardent pride in their culture and state, resulting in a wonderful and unique group of people. Here are 15 tell-tale signs you might just be a Texas Mormon.