For women, the expectations of beauty have never been higher. We’re told we should be tall, slender, and tan with full lips, lush hair, and sparkling eyes. The media pushes this ideal with the help of electronic touch-ups, surrounding us with an unattainable standard of beauty—and our children are soaking it up.
In this time when our bodies are portrayed as imperfect and unworthy, learn how you can help your daughters find their own real beauty in an unrealistic world.
When my daughter was 8 years old, she told me that a boy in her class said she was “sexy.” This incident shocked me into an awareness of the world’s view of beauty and how children today are being inundated with a skewed sense of what pretty means. I recognized that my sweet, innocent daughter was already feeling the pressure of being thin. We discussed this and she returned to school with instructions to tell this boy that she was beautiful, not sexy. When that same daughter, at age 9, reported that a boy told her she was “hot,” I realized I was facing a challenge of global proportions.
Learn how you can make your very own LDS blog and become the newest member of the "Bloggernacle" with this ultimate how-to guide!
There are a lot of things you can do to follow the counsel of prophets and share the gospel online. Some of our favorite (and some of the easiest) ways include using Facebook and Twitter, but if you're ready to take the next step in personal online member missionary work try this: start a blog.
The LDS blogging world is actually already quite well-established, and has been nicknamed by the online community "the Bloggernacle." Joining is as easy as typing out your testimony. Follow these six steps to get started on your own LDS blog:
Fifty years ago today President Thomas S. Monson became an apostle, and ever since, Church members have benefited from his warm spirit and especially his great conference addresses. These talks are much-beloved for their tenderness, but also for the amazing gospel-centered stories. To help make your next talk a little more engaging like President Monson's, follow these five simple tips.
Have you ever sat in a sacrament meeting where the speaker quoted scripture after scripture, and you couldn’t quite follow? Or have you listened to a talk where the speaker related a lengthy narrative, and you couldn’t figure out why? How many times have you been asked to give a talk, and then struggled with trying to keep from putting the congregation to sleep?
On the other hand, have you noticed how your children seem to all be snoozing off while watching general conference, until President Monson begins to tell a story? And then, suddenly, everyone perks up and pays attention?
Stories have a way to captivate people that other teaching methods don’t, and they can teach those principles more effectively, too. Stories provide concrete context for abstract concepts like faith and integrity. They directly show how correctly-applied gospel principles can bring specific blessings. As an added bonus, stories are also interesting and easy to remember—who can forget from the most recent conference, President Monson’s story about accidentally setting a field on fire a Vivian Park, and its moral about the importance of obedience?
Indeed, President Monson has mastered the art of storytelling. Ever since he was inducted into the Quorum of the Twelve 50 years ago, he has been charming congregations by the millions with touching and true stories that illustrate the gospel principles he teaches. Inspired by President Monson’s engaging and unique narrative style, and in celebration of his 50 years as an apostle, here are five steps to help you more masterfully use storytelling in your next talk.
What to Do When You’ve Already Pinched the Penny: 20 Helpful Hints for Raising a Family in Our Economy
It seems everyone is trying their best to save and be resourceful in this tough economy. But what do you do if you’ve already revamped your budget, calculated your expenses fourteen different ways, and clipped coupons, and you’re still a bit short on funds?
Check out this hilarious video of a family that went to extremes--watering down milk, making fake offbrand clothes ("Hoolister," anyone?), bathing with their clothes to clean both at the same time and save on the water bill, etc.--all in the name of saving some money so they could get some nice family photos.
How can we teach reverence to very young children (nursery to Sunbeam age) while still being sensitive to their need for interaction? Here are a few ideas for keeping the peace at church . . . well, as much as you possibly can with the little ones.