Sister missionaries focus on modesty with style

The guidelines for sister missionaries — when it comes to what they wear during their 18 months teaching the gospel — suggest modest, simple clothing.

They say nothing about dowdy.

In fact, wearing clothes that feel good and look good can actually boost a woman’s spirits and help her be more successful.

“We have a quote on the wall about how nice clothes and self-confidence go together,” Jenny Theobald said. “I believe that is absolutely true. When you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to share yourself.”

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Vancouver teacher fired because she’s a lesbian

A Vancouver music teacher who describes herself as a lesbian says she has been fired from a Catholic private school after parents who were worried that their daughters might follow the teacher’s lead complained to the administration.

Lisa Reimer had told the principal at Little Flower Academy that she was a lesbian and her partner was expecting a baby, states a news release distributed Wednesday by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation on behalf of the B.C. Pride Education Network.

Ms. Reimer asked for a parental leave in December, well in advance of the child’s birth. However the school in January denied “her parental rights,” the teachers’ group stated.

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Solar-Powered Construction Design Gets “Green” Light from Church Leaders – LDS Newsroom

The Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced the latest environmentally friendly construction efforts by the Church at its first solar powered meetinghouse in the Northern Hemisphere. The new building in Farmington, Utah symbolizes the continued innovative use of technology by the Church in its construction design. The roof-mounted solar panels are projected to generate enough electricity to completely power the structure, saving an estimated $6000 in energy costs annually.

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Sacrament Meeting iPod/iPhone apps

When my kids use to get bored in sacrament meeting, they would play tic-tac-toe, hangman, doodle, or that game where you need to connect the dots and make little squares, even resort to reading scriptures!

Now all these things are available as apps on iPods / iPhones.  So they have a little “Sunday” page on their device that has all of the things we will let them do during sacrament metting if they are bored.  Our rule is, if you use to do it on paper, you can do it on your iPod.

I’m sure we’re not the only ones who do this.  Any suggestions for good sacrament meeting apps?

A living sacrifice

I came across Romans 12:1 last night:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

I thought this was an interesting request by Paul in comparison to the types of sacrifice performed prior to Jesus.

Certainly, the concept is not new to me. After all, consider Omni 1:26:

And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.

and 3 Ne 9:20:

And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.

But Paul’s wording of “a living sacrifice” struck me. I had always interpreted Amaleki’s wording to mean we should offer all we do as a sacrifice to God. On the other hand, Paul’s wording seems to say to us that this sacrifice is a lifelong sacrifice, one that is always on the altar.

12 things Mormon daters don’t understand

We’ve nearly Mars-and-Venused ourselves to death.

Yet, for all the psychological, biological and Tiger Beat studies in the world, we still find ourselves throwing back our heads, begging to understand what makes the other gender tick.

But remember every time you sit around wondering “why does he/she do that?!” they could fire back with a litany of their own — and some of their curiosities might surprise you.

Found at Mormon Times.