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LDS girls, Do LDS Things, In LDS Ways... and this is exactly what makes an LDS girl, different from their peers. In a world, where most girls have no direction and no real reason for being "good" - LDS girls actually DO!


LDS girls who know who they are - make better choices.
So, I suppose you could apply the saying that "knowledge is power"? But even more important than a general statement like that... is knowing that the knowledge you embrace, just happens to be - the TRUTH.

LDS girls operate, and therefore make choices - that are anchored in eternal truths. Do LDS girls make mistakes? You bet they do! But after they hit themselves upside the head a bit for doing so - they will most always learn from those mistakes.

How can a girl know what is right, if no one ever offers her truth - by which to compare and analyze her choices, actions and the results that are caused by her use of agency? LDS girls are blessed to have been offered by loving parents, leaders and living prophets today - the TRUTH.

I honor these LDS girls from their teen years, and up to the time where they make the most important decisions of a young women today. Education, relationships and ultimately marriage and family. LDS young women are making good choices, based on their very personal experiences of utilizing the truth that they know, against that which the world would have them believe.

LDS girls know how to "Stand For Something" in a world that is fast becoming extremely wayward and lost to moral values.

So yes... LDS Girls Do LDS Things in LDS Ways, because they KNOW!

tDMg
LdsNana

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Temple Wedding For SHeDAISY's Kassidy Osborn

Kassidy Osborn is one really cool LDS Girl. That’s right, she and her two sisters Kristyn, and Kelsi make up the country music group known as SHeDAISY. Raised in Magna, Utah, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, they now live in Nashville, Tennessee and are working really hard on their new album to be released soon called, A Story to Tell.

You would think that would be the big news, but NO WAY! The big news is Kassidy got hitched, yep, you got it, she got married to her longtime boyfriend Derek Williamson. You will never guess where they tied the knot...give up? They were married in the LDS Temple in San Diego, California.

"For being one of the most important days of my life, it couldn't have been more perfect and beautiful!", says Kassidy.

Congratulations Derek and Kassidy!

SHeDAISY will be performing at the Stadium of Fire on the 4th of July in their home state of Utah.


Make sure to watch for their upcoming new album, A Story to Tell... it should be awesome!


And if you want to keep up on all the SHeDAISY news follow them on TWITTER!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mormon Channel iPhone App Now Available


FYI: The Mormon Channel radio station has just released the new iphone application. Now you can listen to great Mormon content on your iphone! It also works with your ipod! Best of all, it's FREE!

The new iPhone application is finally here! Get the new app for free in the iTunes store. And for users of other mobile phones, don't worry. Other applications are currently in development.





tDMg
LdsNana

Monday, June 15, 2009

Heber Valley Camp for LDS Girls

Did you know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints actually owns and operates an LDS Girls camp in the mountains southeast of Heber, Utah?

The camp is called Heber Valley Camp and it is located on a tract of land that covers more than 8,000 areas. The building of the camp started in 2003 and each year they have added more facilities with the ultimate goal of housing more than 5,000 campers. Wow...that is a big LDS Girls camp!

On June 1, 2009 at Heber Valley Camp the general Young Women president, Sister Elaine S. Dalton celebrated with 2,300 LDS girls high on the mountain top, unfurling a banner to virtue. The Young Women value of virtue was added to the other values- faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, and integrity- last November. Sister Dalton felt inspired to teach the LDS girls the counsel from the Lord contained in the Doctrine and Covenants asking us each to walk in the paths of virtue.

She told the LDS girls that were with her at the camp, “"So while you are here at Heber Camp and while you are walking on those paths, I hope that you will think about what the path of virtue will look like in your life. Sometimes it will be narrow. Sometimes it will be steep. But you are climbers. And you are not meant to be valley dwellers. You are meant to be up here in high mountain tops overlooking the grand vista you have. You are here on this Earth now for a glorious season and for a glorious purpose."

Sister Dalton explained to the girls that she had visited the camp before it was constructed and had wondered if making the camp would really be possible. She added, “"the Heber Camp is more magnificent than I could have ever dreamed. You are standing on ground that was foreseen by prophets of God for the very purpose to build and strengthen you, to strengthen your faith and testimony of Jesus Christ so that you might become the leaders of the next generation."

The beauty of Heber Valley Camp is one in which the “mountains shout for joy.” The beauty of the camp is like the beauty of each LDS girl.

"These are no ordinary days and you are no ordinary young women," Sister Dalton said. "Remember that. Let that sink into your hearts in the quiet of Heber Camp. Then when you go back to your homes, don't let anyone persuade you otherwise.

"It is my prayer that this day, here in the tops of the mountains, you will resolve to arise and go up to the mountain of the Lord – the temple. That you will resolve to stand for truth and righteousness."

Find out more about Heber Valley Camp at this link.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Come Up To The Mountain- The Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple Celebration

This August, the 130th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be dedicated in South Jordan, Utah. It will be the 13th temple located in Utah and is called the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. “Oquirrh” is a Goshute Indian word meaning “wooded mountain” or “shining mountains”. It is pronounced “oak-rr”.

The youth of the surrounding area have been anxiously awaiting the dedication of this temple and have been involved by participating in a grand celebration held at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on May 29-30. They have practiced their performances for months to be ready for the event. Not only have they practiced but they have become involved in a media presentation of the event for the entire world to see. A blog called Come up to the Mountain was formed to inform and include anyone, in any area, in the celebration. They have even started a project called “What will I give” to coincide with the temple dedication.



In their own way, these cool LDS youth have made the Oquirrh Mountain Temple a part of their lives. In what way can you make the Temple a part of yours?

Friday, May 22, 2009

LDS Surfing Champion Joy Monahan

Did you know that the Women’s Longboard world champion, Joy Monahan is one cool LDS girl? Being raised in Oahu Hawaii, Joy is the first Hawaiian female to gain the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion title.

Joy Monahan attends BYU Provo, so training for her sport can be trying at times...no waves!

Joy is not only really cool because of her surfing skills, she is also a really great example of someone who really tries to live what they believe. Featured in the May 2009 New Era magazine, an article called “Pure Joy” talks about Joy’s commitment to modesty.

“When a Hawaiian swimsuit company approached surfing pro Joy Monahan and offered to be her sponsor, the Honolulu native had some reservations. ‘I told them, ‘I really only wear modest one-piece suits.’’ So they worked with Joy to design a swimsuit that was both modest and functional for surfing. They even named it after her, and it has since become one of the more popular swimsuits of their line.

It’s also the one Joy wore last July in Biarritz, France, where at age 23 she topped 47 international competitors to become the Women’s World Longboard Champion. The first surfer from Hawaii to win that honor, she calls the experience the fulfillment of a longtime dream.

‘I just started to cry when I heard the final horn blow and I knew that I had won,’ she says with a smile that stretches almost as long as her surfboard. ‘I’d worked so hard on that goal.’

Joy stands out not only on the waves, but also among her peers for her high standards. She says that most people know she won’t do things like smoke or drink, and they respect her decisions.

‘At the awards ceremony after the championship, the girls were spraying each other with champagne. Most of the girls knew that I didn’t drink, but one girl poured a beer on my head,’ she explains. ‘The other girls were like, ‘You can’t do that to her!’ So she came back with a water bottle and sprayed me with water instead.’

Being ‘the Mormon girl’ and sticking to her principles isn’t always easy, Joy says. ‘For example, it’s hard, wherever you live, to be modest because so much of fashion is very revealing. It takes a little bit of courage to stand out and be different.’

But it’s worth it. ‘Whether it’s easy or it’s hard, do what you know is right. Then you can feel good about yourself.’

Joy lives up to her name. She’ll quickly tell you that the joy she feels comes from living the gospel. ‘It changes lives and makes them better. Along with my family, it’s my number one priority.’”

Thank you Joy Monahan for being one really cool LDS girl.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Are You The Same As Other Mormon Girls?


Do you consider yourself the same as other LDS girls? I mean, are you alike when compared to your friends who are Mormon, too? Most of us consider ourselves unique, and might even take pride in being different. As I have the opportunity to meet and hang with many different "types" of LDS young women, I am amazed at how different they really can be. But what I love best, is that in those things that truly "matter", most LDS girls are very much on the same page. And that is a GOOD thing!

We can appreciate the differences in each other, by our talents, opinions, activities, looks, etc... but we must also value those things that make us ONE. These are the exact things that will ultimately draw others to us, as well.

Think about it?
Have you recently had a difference of opinion with another member of the Church? Probably so. You know, we don't all think alike, regardless of our religious teachings. However, we become and remain unified by our understanding of eternal principles, that become all of our ultimate guides.

I don't always agree with other members of the Church, about this or that -- but I do know that for the most part, we are all striving to live the principles of the gospel in the best ways we know, and understand.

I enjoyed this video about"What Mormon Teens are Like", because of this very example of how our lives help to strengthen each other, and our desire to live the gospel every day!

What's Important To Most Mormon Girls


tDMg
LdsNana

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Have You EVER Thought LDS Leaders Are Out Of Touch?


If you've ever thought that our LDS leaders are out of touch with reality, you might just change your mind after watching this video about Sex, Pornography, and Immorality!

Sometimes when we just listen to a talk during conference, it's easy to just let slide by what these inspired men are trying to tell us - thinking they don't get it. But listening to this disciple of Jesus Christ, along side of this stunning imagery - might just cause you to re-think - that these guys DO know a thing or two!


The Truth about Sex, Pornography, and Immorality



tDMg
LdsNana

Monday, May 11, 2009

LDS Youth - Be Thou An Example Of The Believers


Here on KooLDSgirlZ, we LOVE the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! This is the latest video released on the LDSPublicAffairs YouTube channel...

"The youth of the Church welcomed 2009 with an energetic display of unity and commitment to gospel principles during a special celebration at the Conference Center called A Brand New Year.

Thousands of youth gathered in Salt Lake City in early November for this performance that featured music and dance and messages of encouragement and hopeAll while broadcasting the greetings of even more Latter-day Saint youth from around the world.

Recorded before a live audience, A Brand New Year was sent out as a DVD to stakes throughout North America to be used as part of New Years activities for more than 500-thousand youth.

Original songs written for the evenings events were performed by an orchestra of 80 youth and a choir of 400. 18 young men and women headlined the night on stage and helped showcase the talent of the youth of the Church. The dominant message: set your standards high wherever you are, and remember you're not alone."
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tDMg
LdsNana

Friday, May 8, 2009

Virtue: My Three White Dresses

In the 1993 October General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Elder L. Tom Perry gave an address called “Choose the Right.” In his talk he discussed the importance of choosing the right.

He testified, “I hope and pray that you great young people of the Church will have the courage to consistently choose the right! Moreover, I suggest that each of you find or create reminders to help you and your loved ones choose the right when a choice is placed before you. There is power in a tie tack, a CTR ring, or a white dress hanging in the closet if we associate them with our desires for purity and righteousness. Even more important than physical reminders is to have the conviction deep down in our hearts to live the kind of life that will cause us to make the right choices, not only for peace and happiness in the world right now, but also for peace and happiness eternally.

I promise you that you will receive everlasting happiness if you consistently choose to do what is right.”

In this talk he introduced a poem that was written for his granddaughter by her mother and recited at her baptism called,

My Three White Dresses

My mom bought me a white dress,

Not red or pink or blue.

She said it was a special dress

Like very other few.

There has been just one before,

A dress now put away,

That I wore some time ago

Upon my blessing day.

As a little baby clothed

In my first white dress,

My dad held me in his arms,

There to name and bless.So pure and clean was I just then,

With time to grow and learn

About the Father’s plan for me.

My glory I must earn.

Now I’ve reached the age to judge

The wrong road from the right,

And I am here to be baptized

In this dress of white.

So once again I’m free from sin.

The path is clear to me.

I’ll grasp the rod and hold on tight,

I vow with certainty.

Just as mud would stain my dress,

Sin would stain my soul.

The key is to repent or bleach,

For whiteness is my goal.

And if I try my very best,

Then richly blessed I’ll be,

Wearing inside God’s holy house

White dress number three.

So today I make this pledge:

I’ll strive to choose the right,

Through this sacred baptism ordinance

In my second dress of white.

(Linda Gay Perry Nelson, 1993)

Today cool LDS girls are reminded of that poem by this new great Mormon Message. I hope you enjoy it!



Monday, April 20, 2009

Miss California Speaks OUT For Traditional Marriage!


This is so KOOL... Last night during the interview portion of the Miss USA Pageant, Miss California - Carrie Prejean, was asked about her feelings on the topic of gay marriage, by none other than Perez Hilton himself - a very gay man.

As many of you are aware, the very controversial subject of legalizing same-sex marriage in California, is an incredibly hot button - politically. It is obvious that Mr. Hilton "assumed" that he would get the answer that he wanted to promote all across America by asking Miss California for her personal opinion. Check this out!



There is a lot of speculation now, as to whether Miss California may have lost the title of Miss America, because of her response. What do you think?

tDMg
LdsNana


Note: This should be a very interesting story to follow... and we will!

Update
: FYI - Carrie Prejean is not Mormon. The assumption that she is, because she simply lives in California - is IMHO very unfortunate. There are many people who support traditional marriage in California - that are NOT Mormon. I posted this, because I was proud to see a young woman stand up for her values - in opposition to a very liberal media. I could blog about my feeling in this regard, but an awesome blogger over on PearlDiver.com beat me to the punch and has said everything that I would have said about the subject. Way to go Pearl!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Zion's Trek

Have you ever participated in a Zion’s Trek activity?

Do you know what a Zion’s Trek even is?

A Zion’s Trek is an activity that commemorates a part of the history of the LDS Church and the westward movement. In other words, it is an activity where you get to experience what it was like to be a hand cart pioneer.


To participate in this activity you usually dress the part.

You spend your days pulling a hand cart holding all your belongings and supplies in it.

Perhaps you get a little taste of what it felt like to be a pioneer yourself.

This weekend was the Murrieta Stake of California’s Zion’s Trek.

This link is for a great newspaper article written in the local newspaper about the event. Make sure you check it out!

Here is some of the response from the kids who participated:

"It's an adventure, and you get a taste of what the pioneers went through, and a greater appreciation of the sacrifices they made," said 17-year-old Alton Skaggs.

"It was freezing last night, and I was thinking, ‘They didn't have sleeping bags,'" Katelynn said about her ancestors.

"The small stuff, like water, you become pretty grateful for," said Kyle Frizzell, 17.

If you have been on a Zion’s Trek tell us what your favorite part about it was.... What did you learn?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Uplifting Music

HeY TherE aLL mY LDS gIrL FRiEndS...Do you love music as much as I do?

The problem for me is... there is a bunch of music out there that is simply not COoL! Sure, it might have a catchy beat... but the words are not great at all! Come on... you know what I am talking about, don’t YoU? Don’t make me give examples now!!!

Does it really matter what kind of music you listen to?

Elder Boyd K. Packer taught that inspiring music brings worthy thoughts.... so think of what the opposite of that statement might be.... Uninspiring music brings__________. I will let you finish that one!

Elder Packer shared some specific ideas about music.....

• You cannot afford to fill your mind with the unworthy music of our day. … Such music as that is not worthy of you.

• You are a son or a daughter of Almighty God. He has inspired a world full of wonderful things to learn and to do, uplifting music of many kinds that you may enjoy.

• Pay careful attention to the music you program for your activities.

• There is so much wonderful, uplifting music available that we can experience to our advantage. Our people ought to be surrounded by good music of all kinds.

• If you are blessed with musical talent, develop a wide range of good music.

Why not go through your [music] collection? Get rid of the worst of it. Keep just the best of it. Be selective in what you consume and what you produce. It becomes a part of you.

So GiRlFriEndS...why not take the music challenge... get rid of the junk and start collecting some CoOl good music instead!

Why not start with this....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A New Book Called "Daughters of God"

Hey Cool LDS Girls... just in time for Mother’s Day... A new book that features three of Elder M. Russell Ballard’s talks about women of the Church has just been released.



The book is called “Daughters of God”. In the book Elder Ballard covers topics of various aspects of womanhood, including motherhood, divine daughterhood, and individual value outside of marriage and family.

Some suggestions Elder Ballard makes:

* Live more in the moment rather than rushing to get the next activity or item on your checklist.

* Don't overschedule you or your family's lives because "families need unstructured time in which relationships can deepen and real parenting can take place."

* Find time to cultivate your own talents and interests because "if you are not setting aside a little time for what replenishes you, you will have less and less to give to others."

* Pray for your children, asking specifically how God would have you raise them.

So for you cool LDS Girls who are future wives and mothers of the church, what better counsel can you get than from an apostle of the Lord. AND if you are still trying to figure out what to get your cool LDS mom for Mother’s Day... this might be just what you are looking for!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spiritual Crocodiles

Elder Boyd K Packer gave a talk in General Conference in 1976 that is still a classic one for today, called Spiritual Crocodiles. In it he told of an experience he had while he was in Africa on Church business in relation to some scary crocodiles. A young ranger had volunteered to take Elder Packer around and show him some of the sights. This is an experience he related he had with the ranger:

“The antelope, particularly, were very nervous. They would approach the mud hole, only to turn and run away in great fright. I could see there were no lions about and asked the guide why they didn’t drink. His answer, and this is the lesson, was “Crocodiles.”

I knew he must be joking and asked him seriously, “What is the problem?” The answer again: “Crocodiles.”

“Nonsense,” I said. “There are no crocodiles out there. Anyone can see that.”

I thought he was having some fun at the expense of his foreign game expert, and finally I asked him to tell us the truth. Now I remind you that I was not uninformed. I had read many books. Besides, anyone would know that you can’t hide a crocodile in an elephant track.

He could tell I did not believe him and determined, I suppose, to teach me a lesson. We drove to another location where the car was on an embankment above the muddy hole where we could look down. “There,” he said. “See for yourself.”

I couldn’t see anything except the mud, a little water, and the nervous animals in the distance. Then all at once I saw it!—a large crocodile, settled in the mud, waiting for some unsuspecting animal to get thirsty enough to come for a drink.

Suddenly I became a believer! When he could see I was willing to listen, he continued with the lesson. “There are crocodiles all over the park,” he said, “not just in the rivers. We don’t have any water without a crocodile somewhere near it, and you’d better count on it.”

The guide was kinder to me than I deserved. My “know-it-all” challenge to his first statement, “crocodiles,” might have brought an invitation, “Well, go out and see for yourself!”

I could see for myself that there were no crocodiles. I was so sure of myself I think I might have walked out just to see what was there. Such an arrogant approach could have been fatal! But he was patient enough to teach me.

My young friends, I hope you’ll be wiser in talking to your guides than I was on that occasion. That smart-aleck idea that I knew everything really wasn’t worthy of me, nor is it worthy of you. I’m not very proud of it, and I think I’d be ashamed to tell you about it except that telling you may help you.”

I loved this talk especially because they made it into a really cool video for Seminary... Do you remember watching this one?



"You live in an interesting generation where trials will be constant in your life. Learn to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. It is to be a shield, a protection and a teacher for you. Never be ashamed or embarrassed about the doctrines of the gospel or about the standards we teach in the church." Elder Boyd K. Packer

Watch OUT for those SPIRITUAL CROCODILES that are all round you today! They can be deadly!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ashley Moser Miss Hawaii Teen USA One Really Cool LDS Girl

What do you and Miss Hawaii Teen USA have in common?

Probably a lot, but one thing is for sure, if you are a cool LDS girl, so is she! Yep, the new Miss Hawaii Teen USA is Ashley Moser a really cool LDS girl!

Ashley lives in Hawaii and attends Punahou School, which is BTW the same High School that President Barack Obama went to! She also attends seminary every morning even though she has to get up at the crack of dawn and drive clear across the island to do it!

Ashley has been participating in beauty pageants since she was a baby. She actually was crowned first runner up in several pageants before winning this title as Miss Hawaii Teen USA.

Being in the public spotlight like Ashley is can bring a lot of exposure but it also can bring a lot of pressure with it too. Ashley chooses to see her new found fame as an opportunity for missionary service. She stated, "I'm very thankful for pageants. My mom did pageants. That's how she got a scholarship to BYU-Hawaii. She was not a member at the time so by going there, she found the gospel and my dad. As a result, our whole family is in the church."

Ashley Moser will go on to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant this summer in the Bahamas. Make sure and watch for Miss Hawaii Teen USA, Ashley Moser, one really cool LDS girl!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What Mormon Teens Are Like

KooLDSGirlz would like to give a big sHoUT OuT to one really cool LDS girl who made a video about Mormon Teen Girls and what they are like....Check it out!


What do you thinK DiD She dO A gOOd jOb eXpLAinINg whAt A CoOl LDS GIrL is?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The April New Era- Education Issue


The April 2009 New Era is all about education and careers. If you read it you can find counsel, guidance, and encouragement concerning your school and studies, both spiritual and secular. This issue contains such features as:

A message from President Henry B. Eyring on what true education means (“Real-Life Education”).

• A discussion with Elder Paul V. Johnson, Commissioner of Church Education, on the seminary and institute programs (“A Higher Education”).

• An article by Mary N. Cook of the Young Women general presidency on how education helps us serve in the Church (“More Fit for the Kingdom”).

• Articles offering practical advice on school, careers, and becoming independent ( “10 Steps to Finding a Great Job,” and “Practically Out the Door”).

And a really great article by Brad Wilcox called, Five Easy Ways to Make School Hard and Five Hard Ways to Make School Easy.

So make sure you check out the NEW ERA on LDS.org, the new Webpage design is really cool!

Hey... all my LDS Girl friends, graduation is just around the corner and you better start thinking about what you will be doing next year for school. Make sure you check out these great articles in the April New Era.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Book of Mormon, A Great Life Planner

The Book of Mormon is a book written for instruction to us for our day. It was written by the hand of God, by prophets who knew us and what we would be facing in our time. It is the best way to learn, by example, the ways to return back to our Heavenly Father. It is also one of the best ways to understand Satan and the tactics he uses to try and trip us up. It is really a great book to get everyday instructions, helping us to be better prepared for life. Make The Book of Mormon part of your “life planner.”



Look for the three blessings that President Hinckley promises anyone who prayerfully reads the Book of Mormon....

“Without reservation I promise you that if you will prayerfully read the Book of Mormon, regardless of how many times you previously have read it, there will come into your hearts an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord. There will come a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and there will come a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

Why do you think reading the Book of Mormon would help give you these blessings?

Could you use an added measure of strength in any area of your life right now?



Take the challenge, read the Book of Mormon daily! See for yourself if the blessings come true.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Modesty Is Always In Fashion


"A mortal body is a valuable component of God's great plan of happiness.

In the premortal world, according to the Bible, spirits awaiting their mortal experience "shouted for joy."

"Why were we so excited? We understood eternal truths about our bodies. We knew that our bodies would be in the image of God. We knew that our bodies would house our spirits. We also understood that our bodies would be subject to pain, illness, disabilities and temptation, But we were willing, even eager, to accept these challenges because we knew that only with spirit and element inseparably connected could we progress to become like our Heavenly Father."

Satan's punishment for rebellion against God is that he was forever denied a body, so he works to tempt mortals to despise the great gift they are accorded. "He tries to do everything he can to get us to abuse or misuse this precious gift."

Respect for the body as a temple housing the spirit would result in "a dramatic increase in chastity, modesty, observance of the Word of Wisdom and a similar decrease in the problems of pornography and abuse. ...

"Modesty is more than a matter of avoiding revealing attire. It describes not only the altitude of hemlines and necklines, but the attitude of our hearts." Susan W. Tanner


Susan W. Tanner and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, discuss MODESTY.




"First of all, I want you to be proud you are a woman. I want you to feel the reality of what that means, to know who you truly are. You are literally a spirit daughter of heavenly parents with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. That surpassing truth should be fixed deep in your soul and be fundamental to every decision you make as you grow into mature womanhood. There could never be a greater authentication of your dignity, your worth, your privileges, and your promise.

Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him. Because of this divine heritage you, along with all of your spiritual sisters and brothers, have full equality in His sight and are empowered through obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom, an “[heir] of God, and joint-[heir] with Christ.”

Seek to comprehend the significance of these doctrines. Everything Christ taught He taught to women as well as men. Indeed, in the restored light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a woman, including a young woman, occupies a majesty all her own in the divine design of the Creator. You are, as Elder James E. Talmage once phrased it, “a sanctified investiture which none shall dare profane.” Jeffrey R. Holland


Jeffrey R. Holland "To Young Women


tDMg
LdsNana

Sunday, March 29, 2009

General Young Women Meeting 2009

Did you happen to watch the General Young Women Meeting yesterday?

If not you still can!

The whole meeting can be seen on the Internet on this link.


If you didn't get to see it, or you want to see it again, go and do it today!

By the way the Young Women Choir was awesome! It was a group of totally cool LDS Girls!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do You Ever Wonder Why?

Sometimes we, as LDS Girls, are faced with all kinds of counsel and we simply do not understand the reason for it. It makes us simply ask, “Why?”

LDS authors John Hilton and Anthony Sweat will be releasing a new book on April 1st that is called “Powerful Answers and Practical Reasons for Living LDS Standards.”



These authors use quotes from Church leaders and real-life stories, giving the doctrinal “whys” to back up the standards that are found in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. There are answers to over 100 questions, like:

• Why do some people who break the commandments appear happy?

• Why shouldn’t I just “try” alcohol, just so I can see what it tastes like?

• Why is wearing two pairs of earrings such a big deal? Or is it?

• Why is it wrong to steady date someone if we both have high standards?

• Why is 16 the magical age–is it all that different from 15?

• Why is pornography a big deal if it doesn’t hurt anybody?

• Why shouldn’t I wear flip-flops to Church?

• Why do some people who pay tithing still not have a lot of money?

• Why should I talk to the bishop about certain sins?

They have a really cool website an even have a Facebook group account where you can join LDS youth in your search for answers.

So if you have questions... find out the answers!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Is Abortion FUN?

Perhaps I am crossing the line here, posting this kind of irreverent video about ABORTION... but I don't think so.



tDMg
LdsNana

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Steadfast and Immovable

Mosiah 5:15 Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Giving My Baby Up For Adoption - "The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Done"!


Tamra is a young woman, who found herself pregnant, and not married. She referred to her unwanted pregnancy as a "crisis" in her life. Too many young girls today, find themselves in a similar situation, and unfortunately opt for having an abortion. These young women are often convinced that abortion is the best decision for everyone involved.

For Tamra, abortion was not an option, but neither was keeping the baby and raising it herself. Tamra made a very difficult decision, to do the right thing - which was also the hardest choice.


This video, produced by LDS Family Services - is Tamra's Love Story....



If You Are Pregnant...

Its not uncommon to feel that your only options are abortion or raising your child on your own. There are other options; and the decision is yours.

No one else will live daily with your decision, which is why no one else can make this decision for you.

The best thing you can do for you and your future child is to educate yourself about your options and feel confident that you have found the solution that is right for you.

For more information, please visit:


ItsAboutLove.org


tDMg
LdsNana

Saturday, March 14, 2009

NO WAY To No God - Standing UP!


LDS Girls know all to well, that today, Standing Up for what you believe, among other things, could potentially cost you, your job! I was so impressed with this story, coming out of the UK - of a bus driver who refused to drive his bus, when he saw an Atheist ad, boldly displayed!

As members of the LDS Church, we are encouraged to Stand Up for what we believe - and we're pretty darn good at it. Among LDS Girls, we have a great support system for doing so... I'm not sure if this "Mr. Heather" has a team behind him, encouraging him to do the right thing, but I tend to doubt it. I think that's one of the reason I love this story, so much.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Hampshire | Man refuses to drive 'No God' bus: "A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming 'There's probably no God'.

Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, responded with 'shock' and 'horror' at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.

First Bus said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.

Buses across Britain started displaying atheist messages in an advertising campaign launched earlier this month.

Mr Heather told BBC Radio Solent: 'I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.

'I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven't got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did.
Ron Heather
Mr Heather said he was shocked at the 'starkness' of the advert

'I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God.'"

You can read the entire story HERE, and I hope that you do!


If you haven't had the chance to read President Hinckley's very popular book, "Standing For Something", I hope that you will. I highly recommend it!



tDMg
LdsNana

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More About Rachel Esplin, One Cool LDS Girl

Remember that really cool LDS girl named Rachel Esplin, you know, the one that LDS Nana wrote a post about a few weeks ago?

She was on a panel discussion with the Harvard Interfaith council and her remarks to certain questions they posed to her as an LDS girl were video taped. Well, this video has totally gone viral! She is being seen all over the Internet, bearing her testimony about the church! That is just cool.

This link will give you more information about how all this came about for Rachel.

If you ever have an opportunity to share your testimony in the same way Rachel did you might consider some advice she has to give...

"Be sincere and honest and show love."

Thanks Rachel! You are one cool LDS girl!

Friday, February 27, 2009

LDS Singles Finding Romance







McKay Coppins
just posted this cute article about Romance Detox that I thought some of you Kool LDS Girls could relate to...

"Single Mormons, by definition, are searching for love. We flirt, go on dates, take Facebook-bound pictures together, and agonize over whether or not we should tag the photos -- all with one purpose in mind: falling in love."


Make sure and head over to Mormon Times and read the entire post!

Perhaps you can come back here to KooLDSgirlZ -and tell us what you think?

tDMg
LdsNana

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Video - LDS Girl On The Truth About Mormons



A very Kool LDS Girl uses a very clever format to personally ask and answer questions about What Mormons Believe. This LDS Girl has apparently been questioned by her friends, as many of you have, on some of the more interesting topics pertaining to Mormonism. She does a great job of giving some very simple and straightforward answers about the LDS faith, that any of us could easily adopt.

Way to Go!



tDMg
LdsNana

Friday, February 20, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Movie Review



This movie is based on the very popular book, also called - "Confessions of a Shopaholic".

Rebecca Bloomwood
is an adorable girl, living in New York, who has one tiny problem that has quickly gotten out of control -- she is addicted to shopping, and is being stalked by one very persistent debt collector. She currently works as a journalist for a gardening magazine, but longs to land a job with a top fashion magazine. Meanwhile, through a little bit of her own creativity, she is hired by this adorable guy who is the editor of a financial magazine. Although, she considers this job a stepping-stone to bigger things.

Rebecca ends up writing an article about the pitfalls of shopping, as it relates to finances - and it is a huge hit. Literally overnight, she becomes all the rage in the industry. However, no one except for her loyal room mate knows that she is in major debt, herself.

As Rebecca rises to the top of the finance industry, her secret debt problems are about to completely unravel - and they do. She risks losing everything, including her romance with the editor of her magazine, and her opportunity to land that fashion magazine job, that she desperately wants.

When everything finally hits the fan, and she is exposed to everyone around her - Rebecca is forced to look at her life, and make some very hard decisions about what is most important in life.

I really enjoyed this movie on many levels. What I most appreciated, is the fact that although the world of fashion and shopping were glamorized as we often see in our own world - we are also taken on a journey of personal discovery, with Ms. Bloomwood.

"Confessions of a Shopaholic" is a delightful movie, that is very appropriate for young girls. It is rated PG, and I would highly recommend seeing it.

I really like movies where we can see ourselves, and laugh -- and then have the ability to put things into proper perspective. So many movies today, emphasize among other things, a lack of values and send so many wrong messages. "Confessions of a Shopaholic" is one of the few movies out there, that helps us to see things, as they really are...

If you've seen the movie, I would love to hear what you thought about it?

tDMg
LdsNana


New Video Mormonad: Gossip

Don't you just love those Mormonad's that are pictured in the New Era magazines? Over the years I have collected a ton of them and have put them in a book of just Mormonads. Now Mormonads are getting even better...they are going video! Here is the newest Mormonad about gossip. I hope you enjoy it!



How is gossip just like a muddy sludge you get on your hands?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

12 Year Old Girl Speaks Out Against Abortion - Cool!




The link to this video was shared on Twitter today, and I just had to pass it on to all of you great LDS Girls, whom I know have very similar feelings about the sanctity of, and right to LIFE!

This amazing young women, requested that If you walk away with anything from her speech about Pro-Life today, that you remember the words of "Horton"...

"Even though you can't see them or hear them at all, a person is a person, no matter how small."


It is interesting to know, that her parents do not agree with her position on abortion. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic...


tDMg
LdsNana


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Era Survey -Just Take It!

Calling all cool LDS Girls... The New Era, the LDS Church magazine for teens, has posted a survey for all LDS youth to take. This survey is to find out which features would be most interesting to find on line and in the magazine. How would you like a guest blog by teens? Maybe a mobile Web version of Church Web sites? Take the survey and let the New Era know what you would like best!



Take this survey now!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Modest Fashions Showcased In L.A. Based Magazine

MormonTimes - L.A.-based magazine showcases modest fashions

The growing demand for modest fashions, is causing more and more people to wake up, and recognized that there is a great market for modest clothing. LDS girls in particular, are part of this growing community of women who are insisting that manufacturers meet their needs. Check this out...

Summer Bellessa didn't intend for ELIZA magazine to be anything big. Just a side project.

You know, similar to scrapbooking, she joked during a recent interview.

But when your "hobby" gets featured on "Good Morning America," Fox News and in Newsweek, things change.

And for Bellessa, it changed in a big way.

Her magazine, which is based in Los Angeles, suddenly hit the national stage. People were jumping to subscribe to the magazine, which showcases stylish yet modest fashions and also "uplifting" entertainment and lifestyle articles.


tDMg
LdsNana

LDS Girls and Dating Dilemmas

Dating has always been a really interesting conversation among single LDS girls of any age. In fact there is a whole section dedicated to dating in the For the Strength of Youth guidebook.

The counsels that are given by our LDS leaders include:

  • Date those with high standards and in whose company you can maintain your standards.
  • Both Young Men and Young Women are responsible to help each other maintain high standards and protect each other’s honor and virtue
  • Honor the sanctity of the priesthood and of womanhood.
  • Do not date until you are at least 16 years old.
  • When you begin dating go in groups or double dates.
  • Avoid going on frequent dates with the same person.
  • Make sure your parents meet those you date.
  • Invite your dates to activities with your family.
  • Plan positive and inexpensive dating activities.

These dating guidelines are given for the protection of both LDS girls and LDS boys. By following this counsel you can have “safe” dating relationships.

Now for some fun...I found this really cool Blog written by a man named Dave Johnston. He has started a question and answer Blog about dating and relationship advice, called Dear Bro Jo. He has received some interesting questions about dating that he has answered and given some really KOOL advice. Now remember...it is just his opinion...but it is fun to see what he has to say.

What do you think about LDS girls and the dating counsel given in the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet? Is there any part of the counsel you find challenging? Why?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day of Faith for an LDS Girl

Rachel Esplin, a very cool LDS girl - who is also a 20-year old Harvard junior, speaks at the recent "Day of Faith" on campus, about her LDS upbringing. She also shares her beliefs about the Mormon faith, and about her testimony of Jesus Christ and the restoration of the gospel.

This LDS Girl, does an outstanding job of presenting in a simple and humble way, what she believes. I love her honesty in how she explains her feelings and understanding about the Mormon Church.

See if you can identify some of the powerful principles of the gospel that Rachel teaches in this video, and then note how she explains them. Every LDS Girls needs to develop the ability to discuss the principles of the gospel in simple ways. It's not required that you be a religious scholar by any means. But, if you truly desire to do the work in these last days, that we have been sent here to do - then it is important that we clearly understand the gospel ourselves. As we personally come to understand a principle of the gospel with such clarity, we too, can have those "small conversations" with others, about our beliefs. It is in this way, that we can help others to Come Unto Christ...

tDMg
LdsNana




Day of Faith: Personal Quests for a Purpose - 3. Rachel Esplin from Harvard Hillel on Vimeo.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Please No Zits By Anne Bradshaw

Finding a good book is not always an easy task for a Kool LDS Girl, but here is one that you just might like to read. It is called, Please No Zits And Other Short Stories.



The author is Anne Bradshaw an LDS Woman who grew up in England. Her stories are filled with wit and humor, as well as some wise counsel.

Making Modest Choices Is About More Than Clothes

I found this article about the different ways that LDS Girls might want to consider their being immodest, without even realizing it. It's a good read, that will give you some new ways to look at how you can be more consistent, in living a truly modest lifestyle - both on the inside and the outside. Heaven knows, that this is not an easy decision to make and maintain, considering the world, today.

Awareness
is a key element, in your making good decisions about how you are going to uphold your own personal standards, in the area of modesty.

"When you think of being immodest you probably think of wearing skimpy clothing. But there are actually many different types immodesty. It's not all about the way you dress-- it's also about the way you act, 'cause to be modest kinda means to be humble. And it's not just something that girls have trouble with-- guys display these types of immodesty all the time. Here are a few common types of immodesty I've noticed, because I have struggled with all of these myself at one time or another:"



You can read the entire article HERE!

tDMg
LdsNana

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Five Browns Are Too Kool

What comes to mind when you mention family, talent, and pianos? Yep, you got it...The Five Browns.

The Five Browns are a group of three Kool LDS girls and two Kool LDS Boys who are from one Kool LDS Family! They are an incredible LDS family that is in the news all the time!

One thing that is so awesome about The Five Browns is their love of classical music. In fact they have a goal to introduce classical music to more listeners! So if you have not had a taste of classical music yet, why not check out The Five Browns... they make classical music KOOL!

Are you taking piano lessons and thinking about giving it up... watch this inspirational video...before you make up your mind!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Has Texting Gotten Out of Control

Hey, I know that keeping in touch with those around you is made so easy by simply text messaging, but when does text messaging go too far?


What do you think are some rules that need to be made about text messaging?

The New Young Women Value Virtue

In November Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced that a new value would be added to the Young Women program... that value is VIRTUE.

In a talk called “A Return to Virtue” she explained exactly what virtue is:

“Virtue ‘is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards.’ It encompasses chastity and moral purity. Virtue begins in the heart and in the mind. It is nurtured in the home. It is the accumulation of thousands of small decisions and actions. Virtue is a word we don’t hear often in today’s society, but the Latin root word virtus means strength. Virtuous women and men possess a quiet dignity and inner strength. They are confident because they are worthy to receive and be guided by the Holy Ghost.”

Isn’t that Kool? I love how she explains that virtue is strength! In a world where many people view LDS girls as “weak” we are taught that in our virtue we are strong. That strength allows us to have the confidence we need to “stand for truth and righteousness.” It doesn’t matter what age you are “a virtuous woman is above the price of rubies.”

How do we return to virtue and stay strong in the world today?


President Hinckley explained, “I offer you a very simple recipe which, if observed, will assure your happiness. It is a simple four-point program. It is as follows: (1) pray, (2) study, (3) pay your tithing, and (4) attend your meetings.”

It sounds so simple right? It really is.... and the promises are so great when you do.

“Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

“The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever”

Virtue=Strength

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Kool Young Womens Value Jewelry for Kool LDS Girlz

As I was searching for the Koolest things for LDS girls, I came across a really Kool couple of LDS girls who make Kool jewelry.

I loved the Young Women Scrabble pendants.

These cute things are made by Jen and Amber and are a part of some of their product line called “Just be jewelry”.

Make sure you stop over and see all the Kool things they make.