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Not every gospel doctrine class shows five minute clips from the Matrix, but some do. Well, at least one did. It may appear that these people are actually doing these things.

It may be exciting and stimulating and entertaining, but it is not real. It is not a realistic portrayal of combat and heroism. In this way, it is like…pornography. Any male in the LDS Church can tell you that this point about pornography Matrix analogy excluded has been made countless times in both youth and adult lessons for the past who knows how many years.

It is a distilled, concentrated, hyper-sexualized fantasy created for the sole purpose of ensnaring those that behold it. It can become addictive and set unrealistic expectations for intimacy in marriage, which can lead to feelings of disappointment, inadequacy and betrayal. One with family, the other with fantasy…Pornography draws a husband away from his family and entices him to connect with things that are not real.

Look, I agree with all of these points. No pro-porn argument here. What I want to do is draw a parallel to a different phenomenon that is as equally prevalent in the Church and Utah culture as porn is, but I feel goes largely uncriticized. It is an epidemic that hangs over the Wasatch Front like a totally super cute inversion.

I begin the parallel with a story. Rest assured, however, that this is a true story and one that probably repeats itself more often than any of us know. One last thing to do. Braxlynn called down her nanny to momentarily deposit her young daughter in the kitchen. Braxlynn briefly overcame her fear of using her hands to do anything but work the zipper on a Louis Vuitton bag and took a moment to stand next to her daughter and pose for a treat-making photo in media res.

You see, Braxlynn is a very successful blogger, regularly posting pictures of herself in designer clothes doing designer things, like standing in the middle of public streets with one knee slightly bent and one hand lightly touching her hair or the brim of her chic hat. No mention of Sarah, no mention of the nanny, no mention of reality.

But you know what? What I want to talk about is the effect that these blogs have on the millions of people who subscribe to them. It is a vain illusion pedaled to millions of women around the world for attention, praise, validation and wealth.

These women see the palatial houses, fit millionaire hipster husbands with square rimmed glasses, immaculate crafts with kids, unspoiled kitchens with artisan foods, whimsical birthday parties, endless designer clothes, and think that this is all possible. You can see the effect it has on people by the comments on Instagram. If they can but touch the hem of the garment of perfection then they can be cured of their life of mediocrity, budgets and Pay Less shoes. They are addicted to the prospect that this is a picture of life lived to perfection.

It is the ultimate Mormon ideal. Screw waiting until the afterlife for your mansions on high, there are people living it now, baby! In fact, as soon as they finish building one mansion, they start building a different one, because…well…they can.

Any variant of perfection you can fantasize is currently being lived and blogged about by some Utah version of the Kardashians. But I would say this. Watching all of this is addictive and it sets unrealistic expectations for marriage and life that can lead to feelings of disappointment and inadequacy. What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a sweeping epidemic of Lifestyle Porn. What does it hurt to look at these Utah socialites and their designer clothes and designer lives.

In the very least I get good fashion inspiration. Who does it hurt? I can promise you that however insecure a wife may be about her body or how she stacks up in the intimacy department against the distorted expectation that porn breeds, any self-respecting husband is equally insecure about his paycheck and how he stacks up in the provider department against the distorted expectation that lifestyle porn breeds.

Not every husband can pull off male skinny jeans, ok?! Are these women actually living this life? Yes they are, but not in the way we imagine it. They live a staged life, one self-imposed photoshoot after another. There have even been disillusioned fashionista bloggers that have attested to this fact link. Every moment we see blogged is lighted and posed and portrayed for maximum allure and effectiveness. We see the perfect snapshots in time and our fantasizing does the rest.

We construct the narrative that fills in the gaps between these idyllic moments with an equally idyllic life. We see these pictures and convince ourselves that we are some fly on the wall, observing their opulent life as it is naturally unfolding. It is staged, it is amped up, it is targeted all for maximum addictiveness. But I digress, and that rant is for another blog post.

So why do I relate all of this specifically to Mormondom? There are surely scores of fashionista bloggers and socialites that are doing the same thing all over the world. There are, but it is no secret that Mormons dominate the blogging world. For Mormons, this period of life is usually characterized by having 3 kids in diapers, a go-getter returned missionary husband in college, grad school, med school, law school, or selling Vivint security systems.

A disproportionate number of smart, driven, talented women are invested in being stay at home moms and not climbing some corporate ladder. Between breast feeds and diaper changes, many find release and relief in either creating or consuming social media and blogs. There are numerous mommy blogs that are awesome. But there is another edge to that blogger blade. And this idea of reaching and striving for said perfection is distinctly Mormon.

We work within different boundaries perhaps, but the principles play out just the same. Celebrating, fantasizing and idolizing about the stupidly wealthy and fashionable is about as un-Mormon of an ideal as I can think of, regardless if the fashion has appropriately lengthed sleeves, and yet here we are leading the charge.

Mormon culture, stemming from an attempt to follow Mormon doctrine, ends up being completely at odds with other Mormon doctrine. An angel basically told Nephi 2, years ago to not look at lifestyle porn. We need to raise our game. I have a hard enough time keeping up with the Joneses who I actually see on a weekly basis, why do we need the fabricated ones online? Lifestyle porn stars feed off of and are sustained by our attention like the river of slime in Ghostbusters II feeds off of negative emotion.

Put your phone down, turn to your spouse and look them in the unfiltered eyes. Deepen a connection with someone who might look a little rough around the edges, but actually cares about you.

Your lifestyle porn stars can do without your attention for the evening. And one final thought. If you do a mommy blog and you have a nanny, then there should at least be an asterisk next to your blog name. If you like what you read, please subscribe.

During the early years I tried to monitize my blog several times, but quickly realized that the few hours a week I devoted to writing would be swallowed up in logistics dealing with advertisers and trying to make them happy.

Being an independent blogger gives the Mom complete freedom to take a month off now and again to spend time on more important endeavors, like my sons wedding that just happened last week. I am not enslaved by my need for traffic, nor am I in hock to readers to keep upping the ante by over sharing. That being said I am not going to point the finger of scorn at any family who is making a living blogging.

Blogging has brought a great deal of distress into my life, but I have no regrets about confronting the various entities who have worked for decades to enslave the human family. I do not know that I will subscribe to you as I enjoy reading some of the very people you are critiquing. There is so much ugliness on the web that I love seeing beautifully crafted posts that are filled with flowers, smiling babies, clean and well groomed doggies, and fit and beautiful people.

If those families are making bank and sharing the good things in their lives… who am I to question how they choose to spend their time and energy? The worst thing is for a dedicated, opinionated mom blogger to go read her GOMI critiques and self censor or stop blogging to curb the hate. If blogging has exposed female mormondom as the vapid, worldly, materialistic broads so devastatingly depicted in 2 Nephi 13 and Isaiah 3…well, here we are.

I believe those chapters claim that the Lord himself is going to cleanse the daughters of Zion of their worldliness. Wonderful that you have found blogging as a creative outlet and forum for expressing ideas with like-minded individuals!

If the example he shared of fakery is happening day after day on certain blogs, eventually the truth will come out and that Mom will be exposed as a poser. Will that mean she loses all advertisers and readers? The whole world of television is based on fake people doing fake things and billions tunes in day after day. Is the Mom who gets the coveted Kraft Mac n Cheese advertising account to be admired while the gal who writes and nabs the Macys ad is to be shunned as a faker?

When pharma reps contact me, I always chuckle to myself and wonder if they even bothered to read my content. As stated above, we all have to live and let live. I buy my clothes at thrift stores and Walmart, so do not maneuver in the fashion world that some bloggers thrive in. At some level we are ALL faking it when we plaster a smile on our faces and scrub the dirt off our toddlers and put on clean clothes to go out shopping or to church.

I do feel comfortable publicly calling out inconsistencies on certain Mommy Blogs when I notice them, but most of the time those comments are not published. Authenticity is to be admired and praised, but we all benefit from the world being made more beautiful by the lifestyle bloggers who write about homes, gardens, and yummy food that gladdens the heart and pleases the eye.

I did not bother to put pants on the four year old cutting out cookies sitting in his pullup on the table before taping. The problem is two fold: I think you missed the point of that last line. People go to instagram for inspiration, they like bright photos of beautifully designed homes. We bloggers have to treat our blogs and instagram like the pages of a magazine.

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This is the Grammar Nazi, signing off. I think it is a shame that you would water down and delude the real danger and evil of porn. He knew what the word meant when he named that directory. When you use a blanket statement like Epidemic Mormon culture you better be able to produce the science to back it up. Other than that this is straight up bashing a culture of people I admire.

Great blog post, for all the many reasons commenters have already mentioned. As a former Provo Mormon wife and mother, I know how easy it is to get caught up in decorating your house, and dressing up your children, and perfecting your body I mean going to the gym and the hair studio and the latest whatever-is-coolest clothing store. They are members of a church that grants them only lesser positions of authority.

They are valued by their culture for their nurturance and selflessness, their home-making skills, and—without a doubt—their beauty. See the words of Brigham Young on this matter: Of course Brigham Young also said that women who aspired to should study math and medicine and become bookkeepers, etc. So of course we get mommy blogs. Of course we get beauty, crafts, homemaking skills, home decorating, fashion, money which is also associated with being deserving and blessed in the Utah County Mormon culture, no matter how hard we work to deny it done to the nth degree.

What else are they gonna do? So, yes, I agree that the values the blogs reinforce have become perverted, but they stem from the same source. Women are whole people, too. And in their very-limited cultural spheres read: But, here we are. Blogs as symptoms of a deeper hurt. I think working outside of the home helps fight lifestyle porn syndrome.

Plus, it provides women with a sense of purpose and an identity outside of home and church. Thank you for putting into words what has been nagging me for so long. Sharing this with my family! I was best friends with one blogger. I would go on trips with said friend and experience first-hand how an event was. But, however uneventful a activity or moment was, she had the gift to write it out as though the Queen of England had dubbed her Duchess and handed her a crown.

This said friend then switched gears and became a instagrammer and not only continued the perfect photos and perfectly said posts, but, she has disconnected from the real world and forgotten who her true friends are.

I continue to try my hardest to keep our friendship tight, but, a girl can only try so hard. I think it is important to know that not only do people lose themselves and reality from reading these posts, but, keep in mind that the people creating these posts have lost themselves as well. Now, I get your relation with the lifestyle porn and the porn porn. However, the world nor the church would claim that this lifestyle is as destroying to the soul as real life porn can do.

Lest us forget that we are to not lust after another, nor thing. Sadly, I have fallen victim of such for a moment. Yes, jealously is a real thing and can disguise itself as something other than what it is. I say moment, because I knew and know for myself that being jealous of another does no good for my soul. It is saddening and depressing.

I would much rather live the life that is true for myself than dream of another. I can see a problem with fake, staged, unrealistic posts. Honesty and allowing less than perfection should be encouraged. Does posting or reading about treats you may or may not have made yourself change brain chemistry?

Do designer hand bags cause someone to see those around them as objects rather than thinking humans with feelings? Does indulging in these blogs cause an increase in abuse, adultery, sexually transmitted diseases possibly being brought home to a faithful spouse, or an increased demand for sex trafficking???

Yet actual pornography does all this and more. Show me one person who decided to go visit a prostitute based off these blogs.

Show me one blog that has unwittingly participatanfs forced into being in the photos. Show me someone resorting to drugs and alcohol just to cope with perpetuating this fantasy for the consumption of others. Show me a talk with a prophet of God proclaiming the inherent evils of a plague of mommy blogs. Until then I say your analogy is incredibly problematic. Right on Lisa because the comparison between fake photo shoots and very real acts of pornography, which lead to other real acts, is a ridiculous comparison.

Like a lot of things, understanding this is easier if you understand men and women and the universe of differences. Women like to portray their version of the ideal, to the group. That being said Lisa, you make the common mistake of hysterically blaming porn for things that porn just did not cause.

You actually did a serious disservice to your cause of being opposed to pornography. Hysterical distortions are sometimes more damaging than viewing acts that only the participants should be viewing.

Hysterical distortions about porn use, have broken more homes than anything actually attributable to porn use. Lisa, Studies have clearly shown that social media does in fact trigger dopamine highs which leads to changes in brain chemistry.

A cursory internet search will provide you with a bounty of sources. Even the hybrid names…Braxlynn? Thanks for the shout out on the LOTR reference.

One must exercise self control in these things. And I loved it. Husbands can feel as insecure as wives in the respective porn. Women do not understand this enough. You want to feel relevant and important, but the daily grind frequently makes you feel the opposite. It is easy to fall into a trap of looking to the wrong source for validation.

But that brings up another interesting comparison to porn porn and lifestyle porn…fitness porn. What starts as an attempt to lose the SAHM weight gained while eating cookies reading lifestyle blogs, easily becomes a tantalizing new religion. I have had friends that have jogged themselves right out of the church. So glad I stuck around to read this gem!!

This article was exhausting and making it half way took all my effort. Women like to display fakeness to the group? WHO is surprised by this? And by the way, watching porn is about watching real acts that are truly stimulating in a real way.

So rewrite half of this article. So only women use Instagram and watch reality TV this way? And only men watch porn?? Only men have expectations in the bedroom? Sounds to me like this article was just written by a man who is grumpy about not making as much money as he would like and not looking fly in skinny jeans. I find many things in this article that are true. I agree with many of your points. But I think it comes off as judgemental and the undertone mean. I think the real problem is connection.

The lack of connection. We are trained in the church and society to put on that smile and strive to be the best. I use to judge utah mormons and think oh they always need to keep up with the jones! Then I went through a faith crisis transition is what I like to call it now; where I was pigeon holed into a category at church. And was mocked and judged when people talked about me but not to me. But it tore a lot of my fixed beliefs down. It made me a better person.

I see people in a different light now. Whatever mask we wear fashion, athletic, super mom, smiley, mormon scholar. Thanks for putting yourself out there.

The same goes not just for blogs, but for social media accounts such as facebook, where no one sees anything but the perfect things in your life we like to display. I love and appreciate real beauty, real struggles, and real people. As long as people paint the perfect pictures online of their otherwise real lives, I will continue to shake my head just a little and try to remember to keep things in perspective. Thanks for your article. It is something that worries me.

It trivialises an insidious evil and makes it as acceptable as looking at pictures of food. What about people who are addicted to food and it is ruining their lives? I think the author does a great job of using the word porn to describe something that people take to the extreme.

The goal of this post is to gripe about Utahns and Mormons who live there. The topic is just window dressing for the real motive: Us women have been dealing with this kind of thing for years. Appreciate your effort but…. Kind of arrogant, yeah? Good for both — those caught up in the thick of thin things and those who are trying their best and never seen to measure up.

Thank you for sharing this eye-opening piece. You have a gift. God will bless you in your struggles as you desire to help others. They started craving it, fantasizing over it, wearing, producing and consuming it, etc. Their hearts had turned to the things of the world, and the result? Read all about it in 4th Nephi. It is merely a symptom and manifestation of a deeper, much larger and perverse problem: I dunno… I can see the comparison in a way. Lifestyle porn is a real thing, but not everyone is faking it… some people are really worth looking up to.

My Barbie friend inspires me: This is a problem. Somewhere along the way, we have stopped valuing the simple life. Or the simple ward activity. Everything must be exceptional. The unrealistic expectation alienates our real self from our conceptual self, and then depression and self-doubt begins to creep in.

The destruction that comes from porn is that it causes one to covet. Coveting means disregarding the amazing, beautiful things you already do have in a delusion that you should have something else. Glad you liked it.

I appreciate your help in spreading the word. It has definitely opened my eyes to how easily I can get sucked in. I just got a flash…maybe we are thinking of what the eternal family will hopefully be like in the hereafter. Thanks for the article. I feel the need to comment on this. I firmly believe that lifestyle blogs are out of hand. That they are setting unrealistic expectations and desires. I also wonder when looking at these blogs or Instagram posts; if people really think you can live like that.

Is lifestyle porn an addiction of escalation? Could it possibly lead to children being molested and wives being raped by the man that should be taking care of them all? Is lifestyle porn going to lead to the woman stepping out of the house and sharing her most intimate moments with another man?

With lots of other men? Does she sit at that computer or on her phone and look at those clothes and masturbate while her husband is in the other room wishing she would spend time with him? And secretly go look at it in the middle of the night? And go on business trips to see more of it? And spend the money that is supposed to be keeping her family afloat getting as much of it as she can?

Do you think lifestyle porn is going to lead to her breaking the law to get more? Will she be looking in other peoples windows to see their couches or fancy kitchens? Is she going to break the law and shoplift those fancy shoes? Can she not even see how much her family loves her? I think envy and wanting to live a fake life is a huge problem! How was looking at that stuff and wanting more more more considered enduring to the end?

We should grow where we are planted instead of always wanting wanting wanting. I dropped out of a full ride scholarship at a great school to work three jobs to put my husband through 12 years of school. And he spent that time cheating on me! Cheating when I thought was studiying and I was working myself to the bone. And his addiction and the things it led to absolutely crushed me. And now, now Im using the options I have and running a food blog so that I can stay home with my kids, and still support myself and said kids; while my husband and his need for more and more and more women destroys our family.

I think your comparison is grossly off! I have spent three years crying myself to sleep every single night since I walked in on that betrayal. To say that that betrayal is the same as some person looking at fancy shoes or a fancy kitchen is demeaning and so very wrong.

Yes, these lifestyle bloggers are lying! And yes people are stupid to buy into it. But no, this is not the same as pornography! To somehow misconstrue that he is somehow demeaning anyone addicted to porn is the pendulum swinging WAY too far.

Your word policing is getting in the way of the advancement of a valuable notion way more than it is helping any other. You know none of those are real too right? These women have built business from the ground up and should be commended for their accomplishments not chided because you think they are setting up some kind of unrealistic idea.

I would argue that the covers of church magazines have done the same for years. Each of us has a different way of making a living and presenting ourselves in the world, just because these women do it in a different way than you does not make them bad.

The last time you had people over at your house did you clean up the house? Did you put on your best outfit when you went to your last job interview? Well then you could also be accused of being inauthentic and fake. Social media marketing of fake lives, contrived experiences, and staged spaces. I have to say that despite your best efforts of disguising the identity of the blogger, anyone with a knowledge of lifestyle bloggers in Utah will be able to readily determine who this article is about, as well as find the blog post in question.

However, I did go Google Utah lifestyle blogs and am amazed that they exist! And I wonder now, is someone else taking their pictures with the Canon Rebel, or do they use a tripod and remote? Also, they all really do look like models — and on two different sites I looked at it appears they took pictures modeling their clothes at the same exact spot!

Anyway, thanks for giving me the incentive to actually go look up who this blog is about, and feel grateful that I stopped trying to dress in clothes my kids will get dirty as soon as I pick them up like I did as a new mom 8 years ago. To focus on blogs is a little silly… they are the modern version of Better Homes and Gardens. This is nothing new within Mormondom.

Fall of I was taking a social problems class at Ricks College. I honestly think so much of this would be negated if we spoke and testified more of the grace of God in testimonies, talks, and lessons.

I am a mother and a somewhat successful young adult author. A lot of people think I am living the dream because I am somewhat successful. But I am a stay-at-home mother of five.

I have no nanny, no maid, I do all the laundry and cooking and cleaning, and I take sole care of my kids because my husband works a lot. I post the real pictures on my instagram account. People think I live the dream, but what living the dream really means for me is giving up sleep, TV, leisure time, travel, to take care of my kids AND write books I only get two hours a day to write, and a lot of times that happens late at night. I think for me, that is the dream.

It is not pretty or easy or glamorous, but it is worthwhile. I feel it a bit important to add my two cents. I am not a mommy blogger. I do not read mommy blogs. My kids are not perfect. I am not perfect. My house is not even close to perfect. My life is not perfect. And I think I have a good life. I grew up in pretty humble circumstances. I married a man from probably even humbler circumstances. We struggled as a young married couple and eventually as young parents.

Yeah, we were poor. We lived in a modest home in an even more modest neighborhood. We absolutely loved where we were at. We loved our neighbors. We loved our home.

And we loved our Ward. We were there for 10 years with no plans of leaving when we unexpectedly started feeling promptings to move. We had no reason to move. Like I said, we loved where we were. You want us to live…where? And yet, based on many other experiences in our life leading up to this point, we trusted in the Lord, his timing, and his ability to make the impossible possible.

In a little over a year from the time we started considering the move we were purchasing a home in that very neighborhood. We barely squeaked in by the skin of our teeth. And the only thing that made it possible, was that we bought a home that was in dire need of some TLC. It was huge, with lots of room to grow and lots of amazing potential. I can snap pictures in pretty much any direction and it looks like the cover of a Home and Gardens magazine.

We are doing the remodel largely ourselves. And we have stretched our budget to the max. Something we would never do, had we not been prompted to do so. And now I come to my point. Or because we want to snap idyllic photos baking cookies on our kitchen Island the size of Hawaii. I wish I did.

I am assuming we will be able to look back one day and see why we needed to be here. What I do know is that we followed the prompting given to us by the Lord. Which in the long run, is something that has always worked out for us. But I do, or did, especially at first. It can be a bit disheartening. WE are the ones who place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. WE are the ones who try to live up to a false narrative.

My new neighbors are amazing people. Believe it or not, they are very real people. They are humble, and giving, and kind, and their lives are not staged they just happen to have a lot of means. Maybe they have nannies to keep their houses clean. Maybe they have landscapers to ensure that their flowers are the most beautiful of the season. I would venture to say that almost anyone of us, if we had the funds, would likely do the same.

I too have scoffed at the mommy blogs who offer a picture of false perfection. But I know there are some who look at my pictures or come to my home and only see the good and then allow themselves to believe that our life is perfect. And allow themselves to get down about their own life. I think we need to be cautious about being false on social media. We need to be real. It gives others the permission to take joy in their real lives.

In the mess and the chaos, in the troubles and the trials, as well as the joys and the perfections. But we also need to recognize when the beam is in our own eye and be careful not to judge others because WE feel jealous or insecure in our own selves.

We often view judging as a top-down thing. But judging happens from the bottom up as well. How unfair it would be if I reduced my well-off neighbors to shallow stereotypes with Louis Vuitton handbags and perfect lives. I would hope others would give me the same courtesy. We are all complex beings and we KNOW that. It is US that are feeling insecure or inferior.

That is when we need to dig deep and find our worth. And of course we are not going to find it in things or in pretend perfections. But in our own divine nature, and in our connections and love one to another. While part of changing this tendency to judge has to come from within — I also think that we can encourage or discourage it by our choices.

We are affected by our entertainment choices — regardless of what they are and I think and I am NOT perfect at this that we could probably all take a step back and look at how those choices change the way we view ourselves, the way we view others and the way we view the world.

People wanting attention and recognition. I know one of these moms quite well and she is anything but real, it is really hard to watch her pretend to be something that she is not. It has become an obsession with money- over family, her own and extended. She only is friends with or helps others who help her get ahead. She gossips about anyone and everyone.

She is bouyed up by others failures and the world following her. She pretends to be the perfect mom but looks for any opportunity to not be with her kids. But they have great nannies. The nannies are never mentioned. The plastic surgery is never mentioned. The kids are not what they seem and certainly not nice to others other than on the surface. It is all a facade. It is all to make money. And it is really hard to know her true identity and watch others compare themselves to her.

It is so unhealthy. I stopped reading years ago when I saw a flat out lie posted. I wish we could stop it but until then I can choose not to indulge and I can teach my kids what is real- what matters and how I want them to be.

And you know what? I hate the commercial use of the word porn these days. While both are addictions, that is where the similarities end; these two are not in the same realm at all and I feel like you could have found a better way to get the message across. While I agree with a lot of your points, none of this is new. Issues with materialism, and worshiping the vain things of the world have been around since the beginning of time and has been perpetuated by whatever outlets are available; television, books, music, magazines, and yes, now social media is an outlet where people can get distracted, compare, and get caught up in the ways of the world.

I have had many conversations with friends and co-workers over the damaging side effects that can come from social media and the Mormon culture. They are connecting with others, sharing thoughts, talents, etc. You definitely have too much time on your hands. The book of Isaiah was shorter. Rich people always spend more on things. I suggest you get out more. Perhaps you are describing what is wrong with you,.

We were just so sick of people trying to convince us that this level of perfection was achievable when we all knew it was staged! And I can definitely say it makes you a lot happier to be inspired and influenced by authentic individuals! Those are the ones who inspire me! Also laughing at the small tangent about people of our generation whose livelihood is based on hanging around taking pictures of themselves looking cool.

Looking forward to what else is coming from you! Sometimes I think as Mormons, we have forgotten that church should be a hospital for the sick rather than a museum for the righteous. I keep wondering why on earth people buy into these lies. I unfollow these ladies as soon as I see any indication of this or if they are associated with known bloggers.

Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners. And you know they have new couches because…. Alison is the biggest sweet heart and her talent is bringing people together to have a good time. She has made a career out of it, and what is wrong with that exactly? Interesting food for thought. The mommy blogosphere is not restricted to Utah or the Wasatch Front, or to Mormons for that matter. Very well delineated and illustrated, and it is a valid point.

Honestly, I think overly sensationalized bloggers is only part of the problem regarding lifestyle porn. It would be considered a fetish within the larger problem. For the sake of brevity, it makes sense to only reference other areas, or fetishes, within the larger issue of lifestyle porn.

Perhaps you could explore some of these other problematic behaviors that generate distrust and damage relationships in future posts? Saves me a boatload of money. And of course the pics are staged, whoTF wants to see photos of messed up kitchens. We know when people try too hard to make it look like life is great it means the exact opposite.

I agree—pride goes both ways. What do they say about it? I found this posted on FB and danced with joy! There are some facts you seem to have forgotten. I spent a short time in Utah some years ago.

I became intensely aware that, although I was a Recommend holder and, therefore, worthy as anyone I met, I WAS lacking in some intangible way. I know there are many, many awesome, righteous, loving, humble, Christlike, wholesome people in Utah, unfortunately, the rest are giving them a bad name. That is so wildly unfair. Talk about rampant stereotyping. And gone to church among saints all over. You pretty much get what you look for. Not going to weigh in here other than to say that while we were living in Australia we visited New Zealand twice.

One of my absolute favorite places on planet earth. Nature as God intended it. I think this extends to more than just mommy blogging. I remember on my mission having a really hard time with church-produced depictions of missionaries parading down the streets carrying the Book of Mormon or running up stairs and knocking doors, all dressed perfectly and smiling, all attractive men and women. It was exciting to see what I wanted to have, but I looked at my own experience and felt really disappointed and inadequate.

If I had spent less time trying to achieve a fictional idea and more time focused on what was really important, I would have been happier. I think you should be using the term fashion bloggers. Fashion bloggers or super rich lifestyle bloggers perhaps are more along these lines. I stopped following a few of the bloggers you mentioned because it made me depressed. I can attest to the feeling of inadequacy, of being sucked in, of comparison to all the other bloggers.

The parallels to porn are spot on- it is simply not real. But, man, is it addictive. Despite the fact that each photo arouses feelings of hatred and envy that I despise feeling. Narcissism is an epidemic. They were disproportionally run by LDS members. Fashion blogs, mommy blogs, lifestyle blogs. Even the travel blog community is exhausting- I mean, who actually takes drones on vacation? Apparently you need casual aerial shots on iconic beaches to be a real traveler.

Luggage 10 lbs overweight. I can see why that might make sense, Jordon. However, it is difficult to categorize some people. If I were bisexual, then I would be attracted to men plural as well as women. And, I was in my 30s when we met. So many things come into play in relationships and marriages. I love your video Laurie. I always watch it when I am having a hard day. So many things you say I can relate with. I am so grateful you commented on this post, as I had no other way to contact you to express my gratitude.

I feel you are very brave and am so grateful that you choose to do what you feel is right, despite what others may say. Same goes for Josh. It is very easy to do what you feel is right when everyone agrees with you. I cannot express that enough. You are welcome Andy. My dad is gay, and my mom is straight. None of us knew about any of this until we children were adults, so our situation is a bit different.

I am here on this earth because of them and the decisions they made, and I am thankful that they have made it work and that I had a mom and a dad to raise me and love me. They have brought about great and beautiful things in the world because of their decisions and they are still together.

Hi Laurie, I am a queer person, a 26 year old woman who is very happy to mostly like other women I also like Captain America and Black Panther. I hope in the future to settle down with a woman and have some dogs or cats! I do not see why you could not be any different. I hope you are in a loving and hopefully romantic relationship that is very fulfilling, and I hope you are in it for as long as it makes you happy may that be death do you part.

Please do not let other people who project their own values on your relationship get you down. Cecilia, I just read your comment. Thank you for being open and kind even though your experiences are different from mine. I wish you well in your life, too. I agree with what Ty Mansfield said in an article I just read, we need more stories. Is there a chance that I could get some kind of contact information for you? I love your story and I guess I was hoping to maybe ask you some questions.

This is a case for dating- a lot. I mean really dating around before you get married. They were best friends. That meant time for getting to know someone else was eaten up by their time woth each other. Teens need to learn to date. It can be hard. But see it in the Mormon culture and in myself. I had a steady boyfriend and had to learn in college how to date. I dunno, maybe someone out there is hip with this idea.

They have four beautiful daughters and a very strong family unit. In my eyes, I do not see that as a waste. They love their girls very much and I am sure that they do not see that as a waste either.

And even though their marriage was filled with pain, it was also filled with love. There was intense, irrevocable love and beauty, and so much of worth to others both gay and straight.

Dear-bought those choices shall be accounted, and yet shall be well-bought. For the price could be no other. Thus … shall beauty not before conceived be brought into the world.

As a straight person, thank you so, so much for sharing your journey with me. So their four beautiful kids that are the result of their choices are pieces of trash? How could you say that 15 years was a waste of their time?!

What a shame to come away from such an open and loving couple and to miss the positive and generous spirit they are bringing to the table by sharing this very intimate story with people because they think it will help them in the long run.

I have no space to judge any of their decisions but I am glad to say I deeply respect the choices they have made with their lives, how they have handled themselves within their marriage and as they make decisions for their family, and how they are choosing to share this with people because they think their experiences could possibly be helpful for others. I do admire them for stepping up, so eloquently and with such love and clarity, to try and save others from the mistakes they made.

They have been an amazing example of a generous spirit to me. It is a very, very rare person who will open up and let us see the actual process in a difficult situation — not just the end result. Their example has been an enormous light to me. I think it is difficult for someone outside of a very conservative religious tradition to understand, but within those circles it seems reasonable to many.

Personally I think Josh and Lolly are both going to do amazing things in the world now that he has fully come out as a gay man. She was a victim of a horrible organization. If you had been brainwashed from birth you might have done the same thing.

How was she brainwashed by Mormonism into marrying a gay man? From what I recall, Mormonism has no problem with straight people marrying other straight people. It is very easy to make judgments on people who you yourself do not know. Unless you have a close connection to them, like I do, many things will not make sense. Just remember your words are read by them.

There are real people with real feelings that you do not know on a personal level like I do. It is confusing, it is messy, no one is saying otherwise. Being able to make rash judgments about people you do not know is very human and we all do it. Having the luxery of saying whatever you think without the repercussions of this straining a relationship or ever having a true interaction with the individuals involved makes it so easy to jump to conclusions and throw out biases and judgments.

We could all take the time to remember that, as I should also. I encourage you to try to do it also. It is about realizing this is real people, hurting, growing, learning, apologizing for their faults, and mistakes.

I look up to them with a great love and adoration. They are the salt of the earth people. They love others unconditionally, and they are some of the best parents I know, and I could go on and on. I love these two as deeply as a souls can, and I encourage to try and really listen to the words they say and to try and understand.

Thank you very much and well said. I came to this blog via a link posted by a friend on social media. They were actually cited in a brief opposing same sex marriage. Now we are supposed to have sympathy for them. Where was their sympathy for the LGBT community those 5 years?

What do you mean by they allowed it? If someone used their words and contorted them to their own agenda, why does that automatically make them agree with the contortion? Your right, damage was done which they address in this post. I think it will answer your questions. As someone who is close to them, they have been activists for the mental health and well being of the LGBTQ people and especially those who are among the members of the church.

The fact that the public did not display all that they have done, and that you have not witnessed it, does not negate the reality of how much they have done behind the scenes. Josh and his family never intended to be public figures, his post went viral, hence lack of other information about them besides the blog, exc.

Kelli, they actually DID come out aga8nst it. They filed a brief to accomplish just that in one of the marriage cases. It might have been obergefell itself. Now, at least, they are trying to make amends. Tim W — Hi, this is Lolly. I rarely comment, but I have to say something because your comment is missing facts. Check out the article at the bottom of my comment in which we openly spoke against the brief. That brief was filed without our knowledge or consent.

They used our words without asking us and it was taken out of context. When we realized this, we immediately went public to denounce the brief. We also have openly supported gay marriage and voted for it when it was on the ballet in our state of Washington. Did you even read the post. And for the most part they did. But neither regret their decisions. THAT is actually something quite amazing. To not look back with regret, to accept eachother, to make sense of it all. And to love eachother.

Some people are fortunate to not have to go through this all. Some people have to go through it all to be fortunate. And neither is he. Why would a woman enter into a marriage with someone who can only ever like her? Also… everything in dynamic. Nothing is the same today as it was yesterday; nor as it will be tomorrow.

This is true for all relationships, all orientations. Everyone has a reason to hope. Oh, how I love this idea!! If Lolly was what he needed to make it to this point in life and Lolly loved him enough to help him get there, then who are we to judge their relationship. It seems that they have had to come to terms with some potentially life shattering personal revelations about themselves, their marriage and their faith, all of which could have individually ended tragically.

Time is not wasted if lives are saved, love grows and faith endures. I know this is weird to have someone respond nine months later. Even if those experiences are soul crushing and seem in-congruent with what we expected them to be. The next step for you is not to spout off ugly ignorance, but to try to understand.

Such as four beautiful daughters. Would you tell those little girls that their mother wasted 15 years bearing and rearing and loving them? They say there is no cure for stupid, but I believe there is a cure for meanness; however, it might require fixing what is broken in you.

Good luck with that. This thread is full of hypocrites, one way or another. What two people choose to do with their own life is there own choice, but raising children is beautiful know matter how you cut it. What potential suitor is going to want to take on a girl with a gay best friend who lives next door? Oh and did I tell you he was my husband for 15 years and we have three kids together?

Josh and Lolly may have their heads in the clouds and think this is the best solution, reality is usually quite different. They are obviously in a bad place. I hope the best for them and they can certainly try this alternative to their current marriage.

They may be happier in a few ways, but I think their problems are just starting. Good Luck and God Bless! Maybe they will need some more separation to help each start their new life. Now that I think of it, I believe my neighborhood has two sets of post-divorce couples with new spouses — which seems similar, and must be common enough where children are involved. You say she wasted 15 years after allegedly reading a post in which she says the exact opposite. Your definition of happines is not hers.

We all have our path, our walk. We should be thankful two people are willing to be so honest and forthright with us, making us all feel a little less alone. How intelligent that would be! I can totally understand it. I am 52 and have been single all my life and I get so lonely at times that I would gladly marry my best friend, who is gay, rather than continue to be alone in this world.

To me sex and romance would be great but I could see myself forgoing them to have a companion. Especially to have had someone to have children with. And it sounds to me that you might not understand how love works. It was not a dumb decision — it was a decision based on pure love for another human being. I am a gay man, and no two relationships I have been in have been anything like each other. I am not even sure they contained even the same principal emotions. Each has been a different experience.

More importantly, each of them has evolved over time. You might start out a romance with dumb, arrogant, foolish ideas, but your heart often grows more respectful and genuinely loving as you get older. In their case, she just had to realize that she could not genuinely love him, for the person he is, without loving the fact that he is gay.

I see vulnerability, heartfelt open honesty about their challenges, suffering, and what has led them to their decision. Of course, a mixed-orientation marriage may be not only challenging but untenable for most, as Josh and Lolly have warned. Thank you for your beautifully written, honest post. Although never married, I am a gay man who used to believe the lies that were spoon-fed by the Mormon Church and through that awful, awful book the Miracle of Forgiveness. My eyes were opened about 5 years ago and now I am in a wonderful relationship with an amazing man who I never thought I would ever find!

Best wishes to you! This book is at best out-dated and at worst evil. There is much good in the gospel as taught by the LDS Church, this book is not. Was John the Revelator a prophet when he saw visions of God, testified of Jesus, wrote scripture, and prophesied of the end of the world, or was he missing a requirement? But I would love to read your answers to these questions and to know what scripture tells you that all prophets after the Baptist are false.

Daniel, I am happy for you and at the same time angry the church put such shame in your heart and mind. I am glad you rose above it to find Love and Happiness…I wish you both the Best!

PS I am an active member for 56 years now and I am in complete disagreement to the way the church has responded to our LGBT brother and sisters. I continue to hope and pray everyday that hearts and minds will be open and inclusive and changes will come. Difficult, yes, but not harmful. The thing was that Josh had never once looked at her with desire, not even at the beginning of their relationship, and never would — never could, because he is gay. Consider yourself in both positions: And do you think you could ever feel truly fulfilled in a marriage with a woman whom you lived dearly as a friend?

Obviously love changes, within a relationship. Sparks become home fires that are more tender, sometimes. Jenjen, perhaps we should find out how long H has been married and how long you have been married. Definitely, things change the longer you are married. We are going on 32 years and I agree with H. A basic physical attraction of a heterosexual man and woman in a marriage you chose and desired. Imagine your best friend. The one who totally gets you and you could talk with for hours.

Now, imagine that your choice in life is to either marry her, another woman, or spend your life celibate. I have no gay or same sex attraction. But, I would not do that because of my commitment to myself, to my wife, and to my God, and my desire to stay with my best female friend. There are many bisexual people in heterosexual relationships, such as myself.

You may not be, of course, and how you choose to define your life and attraction is always going to be your choice. But I saw your post, and I felt empathy, so I thought I would share. Without planning to, Josh met a man he has fallen head over heels for and he will no longer deny himself.

The gay spouse without planning to gets their head turned by someone of the same sex and then it is bye-bye straight marriage, hello gay boyfriend. This new infatuation puts the gay spouse in a position of no longer being willing to fake it any more in their marriage. So spare me this nonsense.

Or is it H8Grandmother? Your spiteful, judgmental comment is on display for all to see. Despite specifically addressing questions and assumptions about the reasons for divorcing. Josh and Lolly intentionally revealed exactly who they are, and unintentionally, so did you. This is real progress and cause for rejoicing. Despite specifically addressing questions and assumptions about the reasons for divorcing?

I totally agree with you. Completely disingenuous to not state the facts of what happened. And I stand by my assessment of this entire relationship and even the arrangement now, specifically, are fundamentally unfair, grossly so, to lolly.

Sheesh saddle him with the four children and go make a life for yourself while you still have some youth left. Str8Grandmother has no right to make such a baseless accusation. I also disagree with you on your interpretation of the whole issue. It was just awful. I am going to take a guess that something like this happened to Str8Grandmother, and if so, that is her misfortune, surely. You sound like the blind followers of dogma that create the very environment where mixed orientation marriages happen, and are even encouraged, blessed — but when it comes apart, you turn a blind eye to how your own attitude permitted it to happen in the first place.

You sound like a sad, pathetic, bitter woman and I almost feel sorry for you. Perhaps you experienced this personally so therefore it must be the same for everyone else on the planet. It is intrinsically damaging for people who need romantic attachment to go without it, and have no hope for it. It wears at your mental health and well being. As Josh and Lolly have proven, relationships and especially marriages are about more than sex, about more than children, more than just platonically caring for someone.

It cannot be healthy if there is no real attraction there. They may be in denial, but they need to come out of that. God loves all His children. He gave each of us the precious gift of choice. He knew we would each come here with different challenges, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Most of us struggle with a number of life choices, especially when there seem to be innate feelings and desires in us that would pull us to make choices not in keeping with what He has, through His prophets and His Son, outlined as the path to follow if we would become as He is, or in the case of women, as our Heavenly Mother is.

I have two friends who have both struggled with alcoholism. While I am not saying this is the same thing as homosexual feelings and desires, it was something that, for them, seemed to be an innate desire-even longing. They both felt they had almost no control over the desire for alcohol. One overcome that years ago, through help from alcoholics anonymous, but says that desire still returns if she is not making a daily decision that she will not drink. She believes it will be a life-long struggle, but that, for her, it is worth the struggle.

The other has been homeless for several years now, and looked twice his real age the last time I saw him. My point is not to praise or condemn either. It is to point out that each made their choice—and had the God-given right to do so. And each learned the law of the harvest- that as we sow, we reap. And that we have the right to chose what we are willing to do to achieve the outcome we desire.

Lewis spoke a great truth when he said: He has promised us each with the exception of those hopefully rare souls known as sons of Perdition a Kingdom of Glory after the resurrection. A place where we will find what we have chosen as happiness. But that happiness means something difference to each of us. Not everyone will choose that path that leads to an Eternal Existence where it requires male and female to become God, and to produce spirit offspring and their own worlds and kingdoms.

They have made clear what that will entail on my part. And I must- and do- respect that right. What will make me happy after I leave this life is not necessarily what will make others happy. And so- we make our choices, even in the face of struggles to chose what God has outlined for becoming as He is, and He rewards us with a Kingdom where we will be able to experience happiness. To condemn others for their choice is not our right. And to allow each to make the choices that will lead them to a Kingdom where they will be rewarded with the happiness merited by those choices.

Peace and love to you Josh and Lolly. I agree wholly and completely. Hi Laurel and Josh. You are both such powerful writers, and your writing makes it clear that you are both such thoughtful people.

Life can be so difficult to navigate at times. I so admire your vulnerability, and willingness to share your at times difficult journey. You have most certainly reached many listening ears and listening hearts. Certainly, many of my hopes and expectations have not been met in many instances. Where would we be if He had decided not to perform the Atonement because He did not deserve that burden since He had never sinned?

Where would each of us be if Christ had decided to make His life decisions based on what He deserved? Christ was in life, word, and deed a sacrifice for OUR sins. Sacrifice was first taught to Adam and Eve; ever since then God has required sacrifices at the hand of His people. Father Abraham was willing to sacrifice that thing he longed for very most in life- even his son.

To be willing to sacrifice and consecrate all for God? Even, for the time being, the deepest longings of our heart? Am I just too cynical in this thinking because of my experiences? Aching for something God says we should not have, is not unique to gay people.

Aching for something God says we should have, but for various reasons do not currently have is also not unique to any one group of people, is it? Sacrificing what God asks us to sacrifice, and learning to want what God wants us to want?

I wonder if the things we long for, even deserve, can become our Idols. The ones we fashion unto ourselves, and then make sacrifices to.

Again, not a gay thing- a human thing. I see it laced in so many self-help books and affirmations: Obviously one could not encourage self-loathing by any stretch, but where are we getting the assertion that whatever we are, and whatever we do is right Alma To deny my brokenness, is to deny my need for a Savior; surely this thought process would be the ultimately unhealthy one, would it not?

Each journey is intensely personal, and life is not easy. I believe we are each doing the very best we can, and must above all seek to always be kind to one another as we search for truth and reason. I merely ask whether you believe it to be true or not. Do you believe in a perfect, loving, all-knowing Creator? Would that Creator demand obedience to rules which cause such anguish and despair that many choose death rather than continue to suffer for decades?

But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. If you intend to interpret scripture to support your opinion, it should be reasonable to take all interpretations into account. If Jesus truly is the fulfillment of the law, and the only commandment that remains is to love God and to love our fellow humans, who are we to judge, condemn or have any opinion whatsoever on what someone else has said they believe is right for them?

Very well said, America. The level of spiritual arrogance on display in some of the comments is astonishing. Sarah Jackson, that was beautifully articulated and are my thoughts precisely. I wish I could express myself as you have. You have a gift. We all have our own journeys of faith and challenges in our lives; hence judging others is pointless and is not loving.

However, the real challenge for all of us is to see if we will continue in obedience to live our life the way that God wants us to. He stated that was one of the purposes for creating this Earth and sending us here: Life will be different after we pass on, we will leave the mortal weaknesses behind.

There is always hope. May the Lord bless this family. It is a word they apply pr8 arils to gay people. I, too, am broken; I have struggled with heterosexual sexual addiction for much of my adult life. When I hear people talking about alcoholism, it resonates with how I feel. When I hear people talking about homosexuality, especially repressed homosexuality, it too resonates with how I feel.

I can utterly sympathize with Josh. It is in this sense I am broken, but I trust that God can make me whole, in the next life if not in this. I do not feel the answer for me is to give into my desires, even if I can fantasize that I would feel not only gratified by doing so, but perhaps intimately fulfilled by pursuing a fluid, dynamic, polyamorous lifestyle. And how would I know? I am grateful that we both realize that, while romance is a great thing in a marriage, is not a critical component or we likely would have divorced years ago; our love is enduring, but our romance comes and goes.

I wish Josh and Lolly the best and hope they find the temporal satisfaction they are looking for, but I am ever so saddened to read of this. I will add, though, that for those of us who struggle with addiction, The Miracle of Forgiveness is an exceptionally unhelpful book.

Sarah thank you for this very inspired post! It was an answer to my prayers as I have been wrestling with these views and where I stand on them for years! I think maybe they are doing the responsible thing here, particularily due to the stated familiarity with other members of the church who are LGBTQ and either considering or have already committed suicide. Particularily given the stated messages the church gives LGBTQ members, it seems much more important to address those living their lives in quiet despair, hating themselves- even subconsiously which was a frightening thing to read about- someone certain they had made the right choice, but hating themselves underneath in a way that expresses itself with sudden thpoughts and unexplained feelings that forces them toward suicide.

At first, I thought, how could this be? And as I read it, I understood. I can see very much how Lolly and Josh at this point feels that the right thing for her to do at this point is to divorce.

The Grand Canyon, and blue eyes? For almost everyone, our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness and vise versa. I do believe that God made us all with strengths and weaknesses. Is that part of the beauty of his temper?

Or…what if he realized he had a bad temper and worked really, really hard to control it? What if it even went against his natural reactions to control his temper? What if holding his temper in and not releasing it in a fit of rage made him feel like he was holding back a part of himself? Would people tell him…. It makes you beautiful! Release those feelings however you feel like!

Would that be ok? Or…what if he said to himself: It even makes me feel better for a while to get really, really angry sometimes. As natural as it is for me to loose my temper, I have to fight against those feelings and CHANGE my reactions, change my behavior, channel it another way. I need to learn, grow, pray, and yes—control my feelings in this life, until I become better.

And yes, it is true…we are all in the world. We are all born with things we need to overcome. That does not make us bad. It makes us mortal. That is exactly where we are in the eternal perspective of things…we are in our mortal, imperfect state. I wish Lolly and Josh well.

And not because they are getting divorced. I have been divorced myself. I was married to an unkind man. We were married in the temple. We received a temple cancellation, and I have been remarried to my true Eternal companion for almost 17 years now. Even though I believe he is convinced they are true for now. I get it, I think we all feel that way about life at times.

I wish him well and pray that they both find peace and truth, and eternal happiness. Very thoughtful and wise words DW. You expressed some of my concerns with grace. Unfortunately, I see this happening to too many good Christian people, especially on the topic of homosexuality and other sexual challenges.

We are told that God will not give us more than we can bear. I believe that with all my heart but we need to faithfully follow Him to turn even the most difficult trial into a strength and blessing. I have witnessed that time and time again in my own life and in the lives of others. In closing, I would like to share one of my favorite scriptures. Members in Modesto, Calif. The morning doughnuts did not do their magic.

In response to his invitation, Church members throughout Europe participated in a day of service by organizing blood drives across the continent. What follows is a brief review of the participation of Church members across the area. He said Christian churches must demonstrate practical help and support for the needy, organizations and the poor in society. The youth were volunteers, lending their time and labor in providing badly needed maintenance that might not otherwise have been available due to limited national park staffing.

South mission recently helped in a service project to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. With the exception of Dale and Brenda Bradford who began their service in October, these couples will begin their service in January.

Sponsored by the Athens LDS Church, the creek cleanup saw volunteers clearing junk and debris from 12 sites along Oostanaula and North Mouse creeks in an effort to prevent future flooding in the area and improve the aquatic environment. The anticipated large number of volunteers has allowed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to add more projects. About 30 will be finished in the Tri-Cities on Saturday. Council lauded for community service October 7, - Relevance: Bennion, past executive director of CSC, was honored for his loving kindness and charity toward the poor Latter-day Saints have been on the giving and receiving end of such service.

In those meetings, "The prophet himself told the sisters the feelings the Lord has when the women of the Church are put to use in building the kingdom and strengthening others," Sister Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, told the Church News. Many times, there will be … something big and impressive, but the bulk of the work is done by small little acts of service that the sisters do in their everyday lives, in their communities, in their families, with their neighbors and with other Church members.

When you add all of those small acts of service, then you have something big happening. The announcement came during the October general conference, which lowered the minimum age of service from 19 to 18 for men, and from 21 to 19 for women.

During Hurricane Harvey, there were as many as 16, Mormon Helping Hands volunteers working around Greater Houston each day and provided over one million man-hours of service. Thank you for your service! The 66 teens, accompanied by 19 adult leaders, painted murals on the school walls as a community service project. The project was an activity for a youth conference sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the Crestview area, workers cleared underbrush in a city park to make way for a running trail.

City officials expressed their appreciation for all that was accomplished. The DeFuniak Springs ward helped two families, an invalid on a breathing machine and an elderly couple, by cutting their grass and pruning shrubs in their yard, trimming branches and cleaning debris on 10 acres of pecan trees.

Mormonism in the News: We also include an article from the New York Times about how the Church helps transform lives. Another service was held Friday, May 27, in Provo, Utah. Monday to remember eight students and an instructor who were killed in a passenger van accident Sept. Today we feature photos from the Philippines National Day of Service.

Hinckley and his two counselors Monson and James E. Or follow it on social media? Eyring on June That means during any given month, new, anxious missionaries from all over the world are leaving their homes to serve while others are returning home after their two years of voluntary service. The youth and their adult leaders pulled weeds, washed and waxed vehicles and scrubbed vinyl fencing as part of their service projects and in an effort to be neighborly.

By making service a part of our lives we can make the world a better place. Mitt Romney and service in God's army: June 5, - Relevance: His service as a Mormon missionary says less about him as a policymaker, but something about the man.

The campaign, which was introduced in the January Friend and Liahona, encourages children to find ways to serve. It invites them to find and do an act of service and then trace their hand on a piece of paper, write their act of service on the handprint, and send it to the Friend or Liahona.

Handprints are being published in both magazines during for children to see. The "Service Projects" would take place on Saturday, October 27, The Columbine Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a community service day, and more than people participated in projects at the church on Saturday, Aug. Three teens out of 10 took part in missions, ministry November 6, - Relevance: Even though they have not yet embarked on their traditional two-year mission by the age of 17, Mormons are taught the importance of service early on, said Latter-Day Saints spokesman Dale Bills.

Instead, the first counselor in the LDS Church First Presidency walked away from a plum teaching position, and the idyllic estate where he lived, to set out for a lifetime of church service. Holland gave remarks at a dinner with the departing couples just prior to giving a devotional address for all the missionaries gathered at the center. The credit for this seismic shift goes to JetBlue's founder, David Neeleman. He parlayed his service-oriented background into one of the fastest-growing and largest airlines in the US.

Alex Smith is living proof: Community service doesn't have to be punishment Ledger Independent - Kentucky March 8, - Relevance: During each general convention, Episcopalians enjoy the opportunity to complete a service project in the communities they visit.

Hayashi of the Salt Lake Episcopal Church. They will begin their service in July in all but once instance, where the new mission president began his service last year. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers stocked shelves, constructed houses and helped families in transition get their feet back on the ground. And after seven years in Union County, they are about to take their commitment to service around the world. Paul Frost, 39, is attending training in Washington, D. He will work with the U. Department of Commerce, which sends trade professionals around the world to help U.

Frost said he is one of 25 people who recently was appointed to the service. Several thousand people applied for the job in the most recent hiring process, and about 75 will get final offers over several phases of hiring, he said. Memorial service for Elder Malcolm S. The event was in response to the invitation from the First Presidency that all members of the Church participate in a day of service during The invitation was first shared by President Henry B.

To my amazement, they had all volunteered to help at a camp for adults with intellectual disabilities. At Bethesda Camp and Retreat Ministries in Tomball, my kids spent a couple of days assisting these people in doing arts and crafts. Sandy hit the northeastern United States on Oct. Max warns of 'dangerous' foreign social values Trinidad News October 9, - Relevance: Women of all ages helped out on the Women's Day of Service on Saturday.

The project also helps supply the food bank with other goods to help keep families afloat. Padma Venkataraman to speak on service Oct.

Kennedy Center lecture Thursday, Oct. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. Two more volunteer projects are planned for Saturday. That was the message Elder Dale G. Jensen will participate in a community memorial service to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in the Mountain Meadows Massacre years ago.

Poelman, an emeritus LDS general authority known as a gentle leader who spoke often of service, unselfishness and forgiveness, died Saturday at his Salt Lake City home. In a ceremony held July 27 in Des Moines, Gov.

Culver recognized the Church as a great help in building and helping communities. Today in the Bloggernacle: The power of a day of service, plus a bishop's testimony Deseret News - Utah August 30, - Relevance: Click in to be inspired.

This program was created by the Church to utilize the talents of Church members for a variety of jobs including translation work and photography. In the society was formed under the direction of Church President Wilford Woodruff, and it held its first meeting on November 12 of that year. Renlund of the Seventy offered the message at the popular event and challenged Latter-day Saints to learn, emulate, and celebrate the principles that guided the Mormon Pioneers. Pace at a funeral service May 20, Elder M.

Russell Ballard recalled a miracle that occurred when the two were on assignment in drought-stricken Ethiopia in They will be here for approximately 18 months to teach the gospel to those who are interested and to perform community service. The project is dubbed 'All Africa Service Project,' and is meant to provide three hundred thousand man hours dedicated to community service. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy threw out the first pitch on Mormon Night at the San Diego Padres game on June 27, he presented to Tom Seidler, owner of the Padres, a crystal baseball to honor the community service the baseball team has done.

Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands are joining with their neighbors, service groups and organizations to meet the demands of growing communities. Two significant Mormon Helping Hands events recently took place in the northwest region of the United States. Twenty-five leaders from various faiths around the United States also prayed at the event. Thousands of Church members of all ages worked to clean up public areas such as parks, civic buildings and paths.

Service was also rendered in hospitals, in care facilities or to those with special needs. As part of an article about several churches in New Zealand, Johns visits a Church service in Takapuna.

In addition to describing the simplicity of a Latter-day Saint worship service wooden chairs, organ music and a tissue box on the lectern , Johns includes quotes from three members who describe why they choose to attend a Mormon worship service. Faust's long service on the Deseret News board of directors. James Mortimer still recalls what President Faust told him in his first days on the job.

After the program, which was sponsored by the city of Holladay Interfaith Council, guests were treated to a plethora of snacks and sandwiches. Service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" is a photo essay of ordinary people serving as missionaries, teachers, bishops and volunteers in their stakes, wards and missions.

Monson announced today that, effective immediately, men may now begin serving at age 18 and women at age The previous age for beginning missionary service was 19 years of age for young men and 21 for young women. Hinckley of the the Seventy.

Elder Hinckley was the keynote speaker at the Days of '47 Sunrise Service held the morning of July Around 1, people were in attendance at the Tabernacle on Temple Square to honor Utah's pioneers.

The twenty-six represented several hundred volunteer laborers and supervisors who built the university campus, additions to the Hawaii Temple and Visitors Center, housing, chapels, and the Polynesian Cultural Center in two phases from and Monson was well-known to the Mormon faithful.

Monson has spent his entire career in the service of the LDS Church, working alongside every Mormon president since , when he was named one of the 12 apostles at the age of They stowed their cellphones in the car and spent the next two hours worshiping at a service off Interstate Whitney was more nervous and eager than her husband -- "She likes to know," Sorensen said -- and they planned it perfectly when the service ended around 3 p.

CT, the deadline for cuts. By then, Sorensen, a rookie safety from BYU, would know. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elder M. McDonnell, who officially proclaimed the date as a day of service throughout the state, called the LDS outpouring of good will and thousands of volunteer hours evidence of a people "who have a servant's heart. Service can cancel amorality, selfishness, Elder Dallin H.

This service is only one part of the involvement that the Church has in humanitarian projects in Ecuador and in over countries across the world. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve for his business and ecclesiastical leadership. The missionaries entered the temple and announced in Bulgarian before the people inside they were going to preach. Youth Serve by Documenting Graves with Billiongraves. Around youth and leaders took to the pathways of the cemetery with smartphones in hand, taking pictures of each grave.

Keetch had a favorite saying, according to his family, "If you don't like your lot in life, build a service station on it. Malloy, with a photo book of service done by Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in the state in Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in Connecticut performed several acts of service in , including cleanup after Hurricane Irene. The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of the Church and their neighbors to provide community service.

These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people who have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies.

Mormon Helping Hands volunteers also partner with government and nonprofit organizations to support and improve their local communities. Could that be best accomplished with another boating trip, or was there a better way? Contemplating those questions led the youth leaders of the Kaysville Utah Stake Young Single Adults to pick a service project over another trip to Hyrum Lake in northern Utah for a summer activity.

Specifically, the YSA committee decided to do an "extreme home makeover" patterned after the popular television program of the same name. Reuben Clark Law Society. Senator Reid from Nevada was the Democratic leader of the Senate for more than a decade before his recent retirement.

The Future of the Mormon Church? On a soggy afternoon in Harlem, in New York City, a group of Latinos gather for their weekly church service. As the rain streams down outside, the mood inside the meeting house is cozy and welcoming. An elderly woman waves to a little girl seated nearby, saying "Hola chiquitita!

The relay is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and will take place for 24 hours starting 10 a. Wearing yellow vests, the church volunteers fanned out across the valley, with most projects centered in San Jacinto. Hanks' greatest desire in life was to qualify to be a friend of Christ. He would realize that sacred desire through decades of selfless service and devotion, said friends and relatives who paid tribute to the late Latter-day Saint leader at Saturday's funeral services in Holladay.

Elder Hanks' 90 years on earth, they declared, were defined by service, dedication, learning and always speaking out for those in need. Norborne pulls together with help of neighboring towns Daily News - Missouri June 27, - Relevance: A brick building, built in , was blown down destroying Larry's Auto Service located next to it. Bishop Youd will be joined by two counselors: Michael Steele and Todd Shingleton.

Although there is no stipulated period of service, it is common for bishops to serve their congregations for about five years. These leaders earn their own living and receive no pay of any kind for their service. In commemoration of Veterans Day, FamilySearch. I arrived early to visit and to see if I could be of assistance. I observed, with gratitude, priesthood and Relief Society leaders — along with choir members and Church-service missionaries — working together in, as Elder M.

He was wrapping up his two-year missionary service and had just had one of the most memorable weeks of his life. What would Jesus do? Those days of showing up late to church are long gone, bub. Apparently, at a recent crowded church service involving both a baby blessing and a missionary farewell, an incident of seat-saving escalated to the point where someone was quite literally washed in the blood.

No Latter-day Saints were affected, but four families from other churches lost their homes. As a token of kindness he also gave each family a homemade quilt. Ambassador to Belgium, Tom C. Korologos, introduced President Eyring, and together with chapter president, Brian Barker, presented him with the chapter's Distinguished Public Service Award for his lifetime of public service.

Both are led by Pastor Joann Brookins. In a gesture of friendship, a choir from the two Methodist churches performed Christmas hymns for the LDS members on Dec. The food drive was in response to a call for a day of service by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, during the April general conference to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program.

Monson has also encouraged members to participate in service opportunities. Monson announced lower age requirements for Mormon missionaries. In the video below, Elder David F. Just hours after church President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men could serve a mission at age 18 down from 19 and young women at 19 down from 21 , social media and the blogosphere were abuzz with young Mormons who were suddenly planning to put in their applications for service.

For their annual day of service project, about LDS volunteers from ages 3 to 80 showed up for the work. The day of service is meant to include the entire family. Mormon lawyers society to honor retired Sen. Harry Reid this week for his decades of public service. Reid will receive the J. Gay-rights advocates' plan for LDS conference: Instead of pickets and chants, members and supporters of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community plan to take up garden tools and medical-supply kits for "General Service Weekend" on April 4 and 5.

On a cold, blustery Oct. They contributed an aggregate hours. It was the second such cemetery project for the Lewiston Stake. Another service is planned for Friday in Provo. Elder Benjamin Taylor Jennings collapsed while on a morning jog with his missionary companion on May 21, and could not be revived, according to an obituary in Wednesday's Deseret News. The cause of death was not known. The event attracted more than , volunteers and included over 1, projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Eyring, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented the First Presidency at the service, which was organized by descendants of those on the California-bound wagon train who lost their lives.

Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. It was the final of five such Easter concerts in the Bay Area. This humanitarian service assisted families who suffered flood damage to their homes during the torrential downpours that occurred in several eastern North Carolina counties last October. The service has been scheduled for August 20 at 2 pm. Workman would have turned 33 on August After earning a degree in criminal justice from the Southern University of Utah in , Workman joined the Navy.

He is survived by his wife, son, his parents, and three brothers. After the pitch, Elder Maynes presented to Tom Seidler, owner of the Padres, a crystal baseball to honor the community service the baseball team has done. Our first project involved making infant gowns, caps and blankets; bereavement kits; and crocheted cancer caps. The only requirement was that everything had to be handmade. Hundreds of items were sewn, quilted and crocheted. The honorees who were cited for a lifetime of "Service Above Self" included: It has now become a major annual event.

Beck is the host of "The Glenn Beck Program," a talk-radio show that airs daily on more than stations nationwide. He also hosts "Glenn Beck" nightly on Headline News. Beck is known for combining a conservative viewpoint with humor. Bring them together in service. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program, President Henry B. Eyring called upon members of the Church to participate in a worldwide day of service.

Most recently, Sister Baker put down roots in Utah, where she finished a year as a Church-service missionary at Welfare Square. To earn this award girls ages 12 to 18 years old must set goals in eight value areas — faith, divine nature, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue.

They must achieve them through 70 hours of community service, church service and self-improvement projects. The women also are to read pages of the Book of Mormon.

Whetton offers to fly cremated remains in his Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft, releasing them in midair to scatter them to the winds. But that might not be an easy sale here in Utah. Ashley Shaum, a recent graduate of BYU—Idaho and currently a resident of Laie, attended the service project and enjoyed this opportunity to give back to the community.

It was encouraging to see so many people come out to support," said Shaum. These services will range from teaching emergency preparedness to clean up and repair for various needs. The Washington Branch elected to participate in a restoration project for the Old Bath High School that is under construction. Stake leaders provided a venue to hold the Fair and invited wards within the stake to voluntarily conduct service projects related to the theme.

Participating wards hosted booths that provided service opportunities at the stake center on Saturday morning, Nov. This included drives to collect clothing, food, school supplies and quilts, the latter of which were donated to the local Ronald McDonald House.

Church leaders also invited philanthropic community groups to participate including the San Antonio Food Bank and the Christian Senior Services. The latter organization runs the Meals on Wheels program for homebound seniors. Lin Watson, an organizer of the weekend activities, said the donations were sorted and boxed as part of a two-day conference in Saskatoon involving youth aged 14 to 18 from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and as far away as Fort Francis, Ont. The annual fun, service and worship event alternates among Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon.

Church members will enegage in diverse projects both at church meeting houses and around the community. More than people alone will take part in the Pocatello area. Local LDS leaders, in partnership with county, city, school district and other community leaders will beautify and improve streets, parks, schools and other areas in their communities. Responsive design automatically adjusts the layout of the content to fit the screen size of smartphones or tablets, which allows for easier reading and manipulation.

Mobile traffic on LDS. There are nearly 6 billion mobile service subscriptions globally, 1. Seventy-six percent of those are in developing countries. First, there were volunteers, then 1,; 5,; 10, and then more.

The goal by the end of was 10, but more than 20, volunteers have signed up. They come from every walk of life in more than 50 countries around the world, including Russia, Brazil, Canada, China, Africa, Thailand, Mongolia, the United States and the Philippines.

Their common desire is to serve the Lord and provide service. They are dedicating their time and talents bit by bit through "service in the Vineyard. They will spend the next 18 months in Finland, where they will serve as missionaries at the Mormon temple near Helsinki. The main video in the "Light the World" initiative has earned more than 34 million views, according to a church blog.

The 25 shorter videos with daily service suggestions leading up to Christmas have garnered over 30 million views. It was the first time the convention, held for Episcopalian Church leaders and their spouses, has been held in Utah.

As part of the convention, attendees participated in an interfaith service project at Welfare Square with Latter-day Saints to package cheddar cheese, bag and slice bread, and bottle salsa on June Johnson served as host of the service held in the Sparks Nevada Stake Center. Backpacks, clothes and haircuts Local congregations help kids get back-to-school Bellevue Reporter - Washington September 16, - Relevance: In Bellevue, members of the LDS Church focused on helping school-aged children get back to school by organizing a Back-to-School Drive that brought in everything from backpacks to pencils to sporting equipment.

Most Mormons and evangelicals no longer support businesses that refuse to serve gays, new survey shows Salt Lake Tribune - Utah June 23, - Relevance: Jones, CEO of the nonprofit research group. In a PRRI survey that asked the same question, more than half of white evangelical Protestants and Mormons approved of those who cited religious belief to deny service to LGBT customers. This annual service project is part of the church's "Mormon Helping Hands" initiative. According to organizers, the spring cemetery beautification project is one way the youth of the church are able to provide service to the greater Pocatello community.

The activities are part of a worldwide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare program. Church members in the Elma Washington Stake worked on three different historical renovation projects. The weekend will finish with a multi-denominational fireside on Sunday, January 15th. Featured speakers are Pamela Atkinson, Dr. Coleman, and Chase Peterson. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, made the announcement during his remarks during the Saturday morning session at the st Annual General Conference.

The Day of Service should be done on a ward or stake basis sometime during this year. Local Church leaders will decide the details of each project and Latter-day Saints are encouraged to invite neighbors and friends of the Church to participate.

Former mission leaders offer tips for returned missionaries and their parents Deseret News - Utah August 26, - Relevance: Richardson and his wife know something about the difficulties some missionaries face as they transition home from full-time service.

Brother Richardson served a mission to Brazil and returned some 35 years later to serve with his wife, Marianna E. In addition to their mission service, the couple has taught an institute class geared toward returned missionaries for the Alpine Utah YSA Stake since The channel has been in existence since and is available on Dish Network, DirecTV, and cable providers.

But now being tapped by the most prominent streaming service, the network suddenly has many more eyes looking at it. Of the state's more than delegates, alternates and guests selected by the campaign to attend the Republican National Convention, more than are Mormon, organizers said.

Family and friends were joined by the Prince of Tonga, who represented the country of Lomu's birth, for the private ceremony in south Auckland. Kids load up from all over Mississippi and Alabama to clean up communities.

The group traveled around the Queen City with a set of supplies and even visited the Threefoot building. Organizers say it is hard work, but the kids love to take part in it. They know what they're going to expect: Paul Kim, Republic of Korea Army ret.

We cherish in our hearts the memory of your boundless sacrifices in helping us re-establish our free nation, said Mr Kim in the solemn ceremony. On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Korea, thank you for your service.

Wickman receives Alexander W. The bus operator is taking action following complaints from passengers and drivers. Rick Seymour was travelling on the 2A bus service from Lancaster to Morecambe last Tuesday afternoon, and heard a conversation between three young men.

Two of the men, he said, were Mormons using the bus as a way to engage members of the public to tell them about their love for Jesus. Each year, the Stake puts on a conference for youth ages This year, the youth had their work cut out for them. But it was not all work. They youth got to have some fun before all the work began.

Enders stopped in Nauvoo, Illinois, and saw the lot where the temple had stood. Wells Award for a half-century of service in preserving the historic sites of the Church, much of that time as director of the Historic Sites Division of the Church History Department.

Romney, who is the first Mormon presidential nominee. He added that his faith and its emphasis on service helped pluck him from the business world and land him in politics. This service is expected to benefit approximately 40, households in the area. This mass-distribution effort precedes hurricane season, which begins in June, and will include literature related to preparing for a variety of disaster situations, including fire, flood and other devastating and unforeseen tragedies.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers gathered April 25 and stocked shelves, constructed houses and helped families in transition get their feet back on the ground. Eleven Southeastern states - including Mississippi, participated. The local Hattiesburg, Petal, Oak Grove and Purvis congregations participated by giving time and resources to many local organizations.

It was during the vigil at the Cathedral of the Madeleine for longtime Tribune publisher Jack Gallivan, who died last week at Gallivan was an iconic Catholic in Utah. Besides leading roles in numerous economic development and tourism advancements, his many contributions to his church included campaigns to renovate the exterior and interior of the cathedral where his service was held.

But he also was a bridge-builder and spent a lifetime working to forge understanding and friendship between the different religions and cultures in the state. Monson walked in, accompanied by one assistant, and quietly sat down in a pew. Huff said Friday afternoon. Huff, who are both retired and residents of Montana, are serving an month mission and arrived in Massena in February to help prepare the church for its reopening.

Elsewhere in the valley, worshippers at First Prestbyterian Church left the pews for "Faith in Action," a Sunday foray into the community to worship by serving others.

They handed out clothes, fed the hungry, cleaned the Jordan River Parkway. Instead of having a service, they provided service, said one of the church's elders, Pamela Atkinson, a well-known advocate for the needy. Shovels and paint brushes were in hand as over members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their friends gathered at local schools, the Lake Stevens Police station, Lake Stevens Fire stations and at City Hall and the Permit Center all in an effort to beautify the community in which they live and love.

He received the award -- along with a bronze bust of George Washington -- and spoke to an audience of nearly , including government, education, and business leaders, at the 26th annual gala dinner at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. She correctly explains that all are welcomed and invited to visit during the open house.

The Helping in The Vineyard website provides a variety of online service activities that can be completed in minutes. For some, it was their first practice session while most of them were rejoining the team after having played for a year or two prior to their mission service.

All-in-all, the spring practice session welcomed 10 recently returned missionaries into the football program. A lot of those returning, such as Spencer Hadley, Justin Sorensen, Daniel Sorensen, Michael Alisa and Kaneakua Friel, had regular roles on the football team before their mission service.

They are anxious to reprise and improve upon those previous roles. Remembering Mark October 30, - Relevance: Today's Relief Society has broadened service to groups around the world, both in and outside of the church itself.

In Humboldt and Del Norte counties, Mormon women have just completed busy projects of making and giving baby clothing, crocheted hats, quilts, toys and many other items to families and community agencies. Nona Sartor, church chairman of humanitarian services, reports that baby supplies have been especially needed, such as booties, crib sheets, receiving blankets, newborn hats and burp cloths. Scholar-bishops have been rare in the history of the Church in the U. That gift was on full display at BYU this past February The dresses will be donated to the Little Dresses for Africa program.

In addition to sewing dresses, the women also sewed ear and neck pillows for the local hospice, collected newborn items to be donated in the community and, along with other members of the stake, donated approximately 90 pints of blood to Poudre Valley Hospital. Andrew Larsen, a local teen working toward his Eagle Scout award, created the event for his Eagle Scout service project.

My faith has always been the most important thing to me, and my missionary service was the one time that I could leave everything else behind and concentrate not only on living the principles I know, but also on teaching them to others and inviting them to join my Church.

As a missionary, I needed to show a desire to serve others and to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also had to be willing to volunteer anywhere in the world. I was called through inspiration, without any opportunity to request a certain place, to serve in eastern Russia, known in the Church as the Russia Vladivostok Mission. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve. For one, the venerable apostle turns 90 this month.

His wife, Sister Barbara D. Perry, celebrates her 80th birthday this year. To celebrate such a personal and historic year, the Perrys embarked on a recent and literal trip down memory lane. Over the past month, they have visited different areas of the United States that Elder Perry once called home — and where the veteran Church leader played a pivotal role in the construction of several Church meetinghouses. The Mormon Helping Hands program is organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to provide community service and disaster relief to those in need.

But one project in Queens, N. The video was created by Joshua Brown on Nov. Clarke of the Seventy as he greeted 18 departing couples who will serve in missionary training centers and visitors' centers in various parts of the Church. Elder Clarke, assistant executive director in the Missionary Department, spoke Jan.

Elder Clarke shared five principles, expressing the hope that they would help the newly called companionships in their service. Inside the church, other Navy SEALs, family and community leaders honored his life and service out of the spotlight. He recalled a game when a teammate had made a big mistake.

Wixom, general Primary president, during the auxiliary training meetings held in the Assembly Hall Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March

MyGen web site Outlaw Geneology, Outlaw Lost Chords mp3, demonstrates the latest in deployment of Linux as a server. Examples of SSL/Stronghold, Java, VRML, RealAudio and more. Come here for old and new Linux tools. Thousands expected to help with Mormon Day of Service throughout county (Daily Herald - Utah) (September 10, ) - Relevance: A week from today, thousands of families from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will come out to serve in their neighborhoods during the Day of Service. That last line ouch! I have been blogging for ten years. During the early years I tried to monitize my blog several times, but quickly realized that the few hours a week I devoted to writing would be swallowed up in logistics dealing with advertisers and trying to .