Today I read yet another article about how today’s teens are all selfish, demanding, and entitled. People have made that claim since the beginning of time. It was made about my generation, my children’s generation, and will probably be made about my granddaughter’s generation.
Filed under: Basic Beliefs of Mormons, Finding Happiness, Living the Gospel, Service Opportunities, Teens & Seminary, Youth Programs
Are Mormons allowed to have fun? Of course we are–but our concept of fun might take a little getting used to.
When I first became a Mormon, someone asked what I did for fun, since I didn’t drink, smoke, use drugs, or participate in a number of other activities common to college students. When I teasingly—but truthfully–told him I’d been on a hayride the night before, he stared at me as if I’d lost my mind. He didn’t think that sounded like fun, but it had been (and it was where I met my husband, making it even more fun in retrospect.) I became Mormon the last year of high school, and soon after starting to visit Mormon activities, I said to a friend, “I’ve figured out why Mormon teens don’t get into trouble. They don’t have time.” I was always busy with the Church’s many activities for teens, including dances, parties, sports, service projects, campouts, and canoe trips.. There was always something fun to do and something new to work on. Read more
Filed under: Discovering Yourself, Life Lessons, Living the Gospel, Service Opportunities
This was the lesson I gave in my Young Women’s class recently. I didn’t make it to Sunday School, where most of my spiritual epiphanies originate, so I’m taking my inspiration from the messages I delivered in class.
Finding opportunities to serve can be difficult with some people, especially when any offer to provide a service is turned down.
With November being the month Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude, I though it might be a nice idea to discuss a delightful, yet sadly dying, skill. The art of the ‘Thank You’ note.
It may not seem like an opportunity for service, but ask any missionary what one of their favorite things in the world are, and they’ll say letters.
Did you know the fourth Saturday in October is always Make a Difference Day? This Saturday, Oct. 20, is that very day.