Monday, March 12, 2018

Borrowed from the Blogs - 10 Manner & Etiquette Rules LDS Missionaries Need to Know

Around the world, Latter-day Saint missionaries spend their days interacting with others as they teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because missionaries are meant to represent the entire church in a positive way, it is important they know some basic manner and etiquette rules. We’ve gathered ten specifically that we think are some of the most necessary for missionary work.

No Means No

Rejection is painful and difficult. This is especially true when something so sacred to us (the gospel) is being turned away. Sometimes, missionaries want to keep pressing, keep trying, even after someone has said no.
It is important to respect the decisions of others and walk away when asked. If someone has asked you not to come back or to leave them alone, honor that request. Even on a first contact, be polite if someone doesn’t want to listen to your message.

Do Not Interrupt

To connect, people need to feel heard and valued. Interrupting someone is a sure way to see this doesn’t happen. It is exciting to teach and we may feel we are bubbling up with answers or comebacks. Refraining, actively listening, and then responding will help understand people’s needs and gain their sincere trust.

Mealtime Rules

Mealtimes create some of the most cherished mission memories. We could have created an entire long list of dining room etiquette for missionaries. Put your best foot (or maybe fork!) forward at every meal by following a few simple mealtime rules. Don’t eat until everyone is served. Don’t put dirty utensils back on the table. Be courteous with how much food you take. Be gracious, even if you’re served a food you don’t like. Don’t put your elbows on the table. Offer up the last of something to others before taking it yourself.

Offer to Help Clean Up

At the end of any meal, offer to help clean up. At the very least, ask if you can help carry the food and dishes to the counter. It can be hard when you are rushing to and from every appointment, but never forget Christ ministered one by one. Never be in such a rush that you miss opportunities to serve the people around you.

Thank You Notes

Leave a thank you note to those who feed or serve you. Let the thank you note reflect your personality and include a sincere comment of thanks. Consider having the note ready ahead of time so you can slip it on the counter or on the door as you leave. If you can’t, make sure to drop off the note within 24 hours.
Be On Time
Do your best to be on time, especially when you have a set appointment. If you are running late, try to send a text or give the person a quick call. If you are going to be substantially late, call and ask if it is still alright if you come over or if the person needs to reschedule. More than anything, try not to cancel meals due to lateness; having members or investigators throw away food because you come too late is disheartening and disappointing for everyone involved.

Don’t Visit Families Late at Night

As missionaries, our schedules fluctuate. Sometimes the work is going well and sometimes it is going slow. We often have a few families in the ward we love to visit when we need something to do. However, we need to be cognizant of what others are doing. It is best not to show up announced to someone’s house unless it is to drop something off. Try giving the person a call beforehand. Do not show up late at night to someone’s house, especially without an appointment.

Don’t Touch Your Companion’s Things

You share a lot with your companion. No matter how close you are, make sure to set personal boundaries. This can be solved with a good conversation in your first companionship inventory, which takes place during your weekly planning session. More than anything, be respectful of your companion’s belongings throughout your apartment.

Stay Home if You’re Sick

No matter how much you want to be faithful and work, stay home if you’re sick. Missionaries want to push through, but you come into contact with a lot of people. If you’re running a fever or exhibiting any contagious symptoms, consider staying in for the day. Should you go out and work, avoid shaking hands with others and frequently wash your hands.

Don’t Gossip About Anyone

As missionaries, you will be privileged to hear about the personal details of many people. People will tell you their struggles and fears. You will be privy to family discord and health challenges. Treat this information sacredly. Do not gossip about it with other members or missionaries.
(Text by Aleah Ingram. Know more about Aleah here)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Foxboro Relief Society Lessons - Spiritual Eclipse, by Elder Gary E. Stevenson - Quote Card

Mark in your Calendar: 2018 BYU Women’s Conference MAY 3–4, 2018

President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, and the Relief Society General Presidency will speak at the Brigham Young University 2018 Women’s Conference—the largest two-day gathering of women of the Church.
Each of the five talks will be streamed live in English and Spanish on the home page of and the Mormon Channel, and will later be archived in the Media Library and the broadcast page in both languages.
The 2018 theme of the BYU Women’s Conference, co-sponsored by BYU and the Relief Society, is “Strengthen One Another in the Lord.” The conference is Thursday and Friday, May 3–4, 2018, in Provo, Utah.

April 2018 General Conference

All members of the Church are invited to participate in the 188th Annual General Conference of the Church.
The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in five sessions:
Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1
  • Saturday Morning Session: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Afternoon Session: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
  • General Priesthood Session: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Session: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Afternoon Session: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
For Live Viewing Times and Options here

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Learning Why International Women's Day (IWD)?

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions, the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for women's economic, political, and social achievements.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.There was no specific strike happening on March 8, despite later claims.

From its official adoption in Russia following the Soviet Revolution in 1917 the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and by Spanish communists from 1936. After the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, 

In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history.

Today, many events are held by women's groups around the world.

International Women's Day 2018 theme is #PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.

  Official holiday
  Holiday for women
  Non-official holiday