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What are your standards?

Some of the questions I get for Mormon Monday are rather broad. At times, I'm not quite sure how to answer them. For the question "What are your standards?" I couldn't help but think of things I DON'T do that the rest of the world does. Maybe it's the prideful part of me coming out and thinking, "Well. I have standards for these things that most people don't. Then, I made a list & a brief part explaining the parts on that list.

I am aware of the swear word I used a couple of days back in my blog posts. At times, yes, I do swear. If I stub my toe, chances are, some not very nice words are going to come out. But for the most part, I strive to use clean language and be a good example to those around me by not using a particular few words. In all honesty, I probably swear more to myself than those around me.

• I wear modest clothing.
I strive to wear modest clothing at all times in order to remind me of a few things: the covenants I have made to Heavenly Father, respect to my Heavenly Father, myself, and my husband, and to be an example to those around me.

I don't drink, smoke or do drugs.
I once wrote a post about the Word of Wisdom. The Mormon religion believes in the law of health and keeping our bodies as healthy as possible.

I don't watch R-rated movies. 
Most of my friends are always shocked by this answer because it seems sort of silly. Though I can't say I've been completely perfect at this, I'm really grateful or the standard that I DO hold with not watching R-rated movies simply because they're 'of the world' and can be very damaging to your soul. One thing that really bothers me is when people say, "Well it only has one sex scene in it." or... "There's like 1 cuss word and that's the only bad thing the whole movie!" Taking in all aspects, I really don't care WHY or WHY NOT it is rated R. The prophet asked us to not watch R-rated movies, so I'm not going to watch R-rated movies. If you have a different perspective than I do, try reading this talk. 

• I waited to have sex with Trevor until our wedding night.
Yes, it was so hard. But yes, it was worth t. Again, most people are shocked when they hear this. But really, I did wait! And it was worth every second of the wait. We believe in staying abstinent until marriage simply because of the covenants we have made and the emotional experience that comes with sex.

I don't break the Sabbath.
If you're not a member of the church, you might not even know what that means. On Sunday, we rest. We wake up, go to church, and we rest. We don't go to the store, we don't go to the movie, we don't spend money, and we don't do activities that may steer us away from concentrating on The Lord. Given, it sounds weird the first few times. But growing up with it, I have NEVER been so grateful for learning how to keep the Sabbath day holy and what keeping it holy entails.

Though I have many more standards I could list, these are just a few I thought made me stand out from the rest of the world. Another article that is actually a really interesting read is this one. They are questions many people have had and an apostle of the church answers them. It's good. You should read it. I dare ya.

Do YOU have any questions about Mormonism? Whether you want to stay anonymous or not, email we(n)serendipity(at)gmail.com and your question could be featured on future Mormon Monday posts!  

3 comments

  1. I got married almost a year ago and I have SUCH a hard time with garments. Not that i don't think they aren't fabulous. I just hate that they bunch, bulk, and everything else. Its not like i dress immodestly. I just can't stand having that many layers. and i have to change the kind i wear with every different outfit. i feel like certain ones make me look "larger" than i am. which lowers my self esteem. and i dont think the church wants someones self esteem to lower because of the things they make us do. i dunno. im not meaning for that to sound bad. Am I the only one like this? You don't even have to answer me. I just needed to get it out. haha

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    1. Hello! To answer your question, I had a super hard time at first, too. A big part of my problem was that I always dressed immodestly. I had loads of short shorts and tank tops and I basically had to get a new wardrobe. And yes! I am completely with you! They bunch, there's a major line if I ever wear leggings or skinny jeans, and they can be super hot and annoying in the summer. THEN, it was hard for me after I got married because they're not sexy. At all. But I had to look past that. I had to look at the covenants I made, why I wear them, and why they are important. After I focused on solely that, my thoughts were shifted to gratitude for them.

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  2. I love reading your blog! You are such a good example of a mormon woman!

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