Thursday, August 4, 2016

2017 Mutual Theme Encourages Youth to Pray




The Church has announced that the Mutual theme for 2017 is “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5–6; emphasis added).
According to a letter sent to local leaders August 1, “The purpose of the yearly theme is to provide opportunities for youth worldwide to learn about, study, internalize, and apply the principles taught in the scripture. Youth are encouraged to memorize the scripture, study its doctrine, and act on the principles learned throughout the year.”
“In addition, the theme can be used to enrich Mutual opening exercises, as a topic for sacrament meeting talks given by youth, and to provide focus for youth activities—including camps, youth conferences, and devotionals.
“Resources—including videos, music, and suggestions for using the theme throughout the year—will be available to leaders at youth.lds.org and in Church magazines at the end of 2016 and throughout 2017. An email will be sent to leaders later this year when these resources become available.”
(from lds.org)

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Doctrinal Mastery program is replacing Scripture Mastery for seminary students


Over the course of the next year, seminary instructors around the world will be implementing a new initiative — Doctrinal Mastery — in their classrooms in an effort to help youth better understand the doctrine of the gospel.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Church Changes Missionary Dress & Grooming Guidelines


The Church recently updated their dress and grooming guidelines for missionaries, allowing missionaries to wear conservative sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats in order to help them better protect against the sun.
The Church holds its missionaries to high standards—both spiritually and when it comes to dress and appearance. As servants of the Lord, they represent Him in every way.
Missionaries are told, “as an ambassador of the Lord you are to wear professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with your sacred calling and that will clearly identify you as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Dress and Grooming Guidelines for Missionaries).
But that doesn't mean that adjustments can't be made to ensure our missionaries are safe and comfortable while serving. For example, in July 2015, the Church made a new policy for missionaries in some areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Pacific, and South America: suit coats are no longer required. This reduced missionary costs for many families and helped missionaries in hot climates reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.
In 2013, the Church updated the wardrobe for male missionaries, allowing them more options for their dress. That change also loosened the dress code for missionaries in warmer climates, allowing them to wear closed-toed, closed-heeled sandals on regular days.
In 2011, the Church updated dress standards for female missionaries, allowing them to wear brighter colors and patterns and simple accessories. The standard for skirt length also changed to just above mid-calf. 
Although these official changes are more recent, missions have long adapted for climate and culture. For instance, some missionaries in warmer climates have for years worn short sleeve white shirts and dress pants on regular days, reserving suits for Sundays and special occasions. Male missionaries serving in Samoa will sometimes wear the traditional dress lava lava.
For additional information about missionary dress and grooming guidelines, visit LDS.org.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Reason to Go to Church Every Week, Article




I cannot tell you the humiliation I have felt at church with my husband sitting elsewhere because of his leadership callings, and me sitting with little children—or teens, sometimes it hardly makes any difference.

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Work Will Win - Quote


"Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won't."—President Thomas S. Monson, "Seven Steps to Success with Aaronic Priesthood Youth"