But that's easier said than done, as we saw when we attended a drag makeup class earlier this year. That explains why "how to glue down eyebrows" was near the top of Google's 10 trending beauty questions of And though drag queens deserve the credit for the technique, they're certainly no longer the only people doing it —which explains the spike in interest. Just like there's no one way to be a drag queen, there's no one way to glue down your brows either. While some use a tacky, professional-level substance called Pros-Aide or an adhesive called Spirit Gum , others like Toto prefer the kind of glue stick you stashed in your desk in elementary school.
According to Toto, it's the easiest way to glue down your brows in less than 15 minutes, allowing ample time for you to paint on the rest of your face.
Ahead, she runs through her entire routine. Faith-based aid workers put a spiritual shine of meaning and care on their work. They create conditions for solidarity and empathy that outlast any practical good. This effort saves lives and eases suffering but also brings people together and increases social trust. In a document graced the world that set new horizons for human relations. It is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was the first global expression of its kind.
Leaders from different nations, cultures, religions and political systems came together to establish standards of humaneness that apply to everyone, everywhere.
Every person, regardless of religion, race, gender or nationality, possesses fundamental rights simply by being human. These rights move us beyond the harmful idea that might makes right and play a vital role in managing the conflicts and differences so prevalent in our pluralistic world. The Voice of Religious Conscience , November 25, In the end, our conscience is all we have. Everything else — material possessions, social status, wealth — can be taken away. But the beliefs and values that constitute our moral compass, the invisible space in our hearts that separates right from wrong, the meaning we attach to life and the internal goad that compels us to share our vision are the things that give us dignity.
Without them, our other freedoms have little meaning. Difference and Dignity , October 24, Societies are full of interest groups, political camps, cultural factions and religious organizations advancing their own vision of the good. And when we all have our own say, communities are better for it.
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Engaging our differences makes life harder, but also more worth living. We find meaning in human connection when we climb out of ourselves and discover the dignity of others, even if we disagree. Civil Society and the Church , September 19, These houses of worship have a way of both standing out and fitting in. They join charities, associations, clubs and other nonprofit organizations in forming the voluntary sphere of life.
Every day we walk on ground we seldom notice. Though often unseen, the ground of our lives is full of religious meaning.
Religion seasons the interactions between strangers, adds flavor to our civic relations and preserves the dear things of our common existence. To be the salt of society means to savor its success. The fortunes of family and faith will continue to ebb and flow, as they have in various periods throughout history, but experience shows they will do so joining hands.
As the one rises or falls, so will the other. But the course of history is not predetermined; it is chosen. And those choices have long trajectories. In this age of falling trust and social disintegration, a return to the sacred commitments of congregations will make our communities more cohesive. When the fabric of society begins to fray, religion with its layered threads of social capital can help bind it together.
Our modern world offers more choices and possibilities than ever before. But in the end we remain the same spiritual creatures. Religion provides a space where purpose and meaning can be sought, found and passed on. The Relevance of Religion , July 25, The broader questions of religion get lost in narrow cultural divisions.
What does religion mean in the actual lives of people? What role does religion play in forming communities? The bonds between husband and wife, parents and children, are so firmly planted in history and experience that we often take them for granted — until, as happens from time to time, those bonds break down. The Mormon Ethic of Community , October 16, A characteristic commonly attributed to Latter-day Saints is that they take care of their own.
Though generally accepted as a compliment, this tells only half the story. Mormons look outward as well. The practice of cooperation among the Mormon people is being extended to larger communities and faith groups.
The Church exists to improve the lives of people across the world by bringing them closer to Jesus Christ. The assets of the Church are used in ways to support that mission.
Buildings are built for members to come together to worship God and to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionaries are sent to invite people to come to Christ. Resources are used to provide food and clothing for the needy and to provide ways for people to lift themselves up and be self-reliant. What is important is not the cost but the outcome. Mormon and Modern , July 6, Mormons welcome truth from whatever source and take the pragmatic view that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because there are insufficient data to reconcile the two.
Latter-day Saints approach such tensions as challenges to learn, not contradictions to avoid. How Religion is Vital to Society , March 12, What Religious Freedom Means , January 23, Religious freedom is a fundamental freedom that runs deeper and reaches farther than many realize. For many people in the world, there are few things more precious than freedom. Freedom — the power to live as one would choose — is one of the great sources of human dignity. Exercising freedom correctly is also one of the great responsibilities that humans hold. We continue to grapple with how to define our freedoms, how to understand them, and how they should be both cultivated and tempered.
At the heart of these questions, we find one of the most fundamental of all freedoms: freedom of religion. Divine Revelation in Modern Times , December 12, The idea that God communicates with mankind challenges some modern sensibilities. A distant God, the thinking goes, is a safe God. And though many religious people believe God spoke to prophets in antiquity, they often limit divine revelation to the past.
Anyone familiar with the history of Christianity knows that it has been quite a complicated matter. Now after two millennia, Christianity has weathered centuries of change and experienced periods of growth, persecution, reformation, schism, globalization and more. As a result, questions about who should be called a Christian and who should not continue to be discussed by some within the religious world. In this shifting religious environment it is easy to talk of the fleeting and superficial rather than the deeper foundations of spiritual life.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understand their message to be the full gospel of Jesus Christ, as set forth in the Bible and other scriptures. What transcendent ideals do they aspire to?
How do their beliefs answer the needs of contemporary religious seekers concerned about the great, permanent questions of human life? Religious Values in the Public Square , December 15, The issue of religious participation in the public square is essentially a debate about the first principles of civic life: the coexistence between competing human interests, the self-determination of religious communities, the autonomy of individual conscience and the accommodation of diverse beliefs and opinions in public debate.
The way we respond to these challenges establishes the parameters of civic interactions and sets the boundaries of our collective and individual identities. The Diverse Voices of Mormonism , September 28, Close observers of the Church including scholars, journalists and bloggers have also begun to comment on a new phenomenon: the fact that Latter-day Saint Church membership, at least in the United States, appears to have reached a kind of critical mass.
In fact, there are now roughly as many Latter-day Saints in the United States as Jews, although Latter-day Saint demographics are decidedly younger. Journalistic Integrity and the Compartmentalization of Ethics , November 17, An informed citizenry, it is often said, is the bulwark of democracy.
The basic principles of journalistic integrity — objectivity in reporting, detachment from personal bias, and disinterested duty to the truth — are essential in facilitating public trust and civil discourse. All individuals and institutions, including churches, share an interest in contributing to these worthy goals.
The Mormon Ethic of Civility , October 16, So many of the habits and conventions of modern culture — ubiquitous media, anonymous and unsourced online participation, politicization of the routine, fractured community and family life — undermine the virtues and manners that make peaceful coexistence in a pluralist society possible.
The fabric of civil society tears when stretched thin by its extremities. Civility, then, becomes the measure of our collective and individual character as citizens of a democracy. It is in the interests of the Church to play a constructive role in advancing the cathartic powers of honest and accurate history.
In doing so, the Church strives to be relevant to contemporary audiences that operate under changing cultural assumptions and expectations. A careful, yet bold presentation of Church history, which delves into the contextual subtleties and nuances characteristic of serious historical writing, has become increasingly important.
If a religion cannot explain its history, it cannot explain itself. The Publicity Dilemma , March 9, Like other large faith groups, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes finds itself on the receiving end of attention from Hollywood or Broadway, television series or books, and the news media. Sometimes depictions of the Church and its people are quite accurate. Sometimes the images are false or play to stereotypes.
Occasionally, they are in appallingly bad taste. Community Life , January 28, Joseph Smith understood that communities not only provide essential protection from danger, access to vital resources, and opportunities to develop human potential but also help define the core values and central identity of their respective members.
The Divine Institution of Marriage , August 13, Marriage between a man and a woman is central to the plan of salvation. The sacred nature of marriage is closely linked to the power of procreation. Only a man and a woman together have the natural biological capacity to conceive children. Misuse of this power undermines the institution of the family and thereby weakens the social fabric. Strong families serve as the fundamental institution for transmitting to future generations the moral strengths, traditions, and values that sustain civilization.
Are these millions of souls lost for the eternities? If so, can God be considered just, let alone merciful? Proportion and Perspective on Polygamy Reporting , July 10, Distinctions matter, especially when a term like Mormon has come to mean a very specific thing to the public. Mormon is commonly used to describe a Mormon temple, Mormon missionaries or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
These images have long been ingrained in the public consciousness. But when the term Mormon is stretched out of proportion to apply to any group, however large or small, aspiring to establish a church in the tradition of Joseph Smith, only confusion ensues. The Grand Enterprise of Mormonism , July 8, The enterprise of Mormonism goes far beyond any passing media narrative or sensation of the moment.
It aims higher by seeking to explain the ultimate questions of existence: what it means to be a human being and what it means to belong to the larger human family. Despite its rapid growth and increasing social prominence, The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints remains obscure in many ways to many people.
In a world of multiple religions, it is natural for a busy public to mistake one for another. However, this does not mean that such mistakes should continue to be perpetuated without being challenged. Who Are the Mormons? Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, can be found at every level of society — in business and agriculture, education and the sciences, political parties and government, the entertainment industry and news media.
The Religious Experience of Mormonism , June 1, The religious experience of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based on a spiritual witness from God that inspires both heart and mind, creating an interpersonal relationship directly with the divine.
It does not require one to pass a rigorous theological test.
Nor does it demand the extreme self-denial and seclusion of asceticism. Rather, this unique individual experience unfolds in the natural course of everyday living. Thus, the beliefs of Latter-day Saints are not rooted in concepts and principles, detached from the realities of life. They are grounded in a much deeper level of experience that motivates individuals to action. As thoughtful historians know, a serious study of history does not impose contemporary understandings and sensibilities onto an interpretation of earlier time periods.
Respect for Diversity of Faiths , April 18, Interfaith cooperation does not require doctrinal compromise. Though the Church asserts its ecclesiastical independence and recognizes its doctrinal differences, this does not prevent it from partnering with other faiths in charitable projects. These efforts are based on universal values. Latter-day Saints accept all sincere believers as equals in the pursuit of faith and in the great work of serving humanity.