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Be Honest With Yourself: Dare to Be Different

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 01, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1962 —

Dare to Be Different!

This young man is different. He is one of some 12,000 young men and women who are giving two years or more of their time and talents to share the restored gospel to “nations, kindreds, tongues and people.” And they do it without pay and at their own expense. Latter-day Saints of this generation, like the early Christians of nineteen centuries ago, are sometimes thought to be “peculiar” and “strange.”

Of these peculiarities, a non-Mormon author recently wrote:

“Latter-day Saints are not a ‘peculiar’ and ‘strange’ people but just a different people.

“They will uproot themselves from home, family, and prosperous careers to become missionaries and non-paid religious administrators.

“They will undertake any other assigned task anywhere in the world at the call of their leaders, and consider this sacrifice a privilege.

“They will keep their bodies healthy because they are told not to use alcohol, tobacco, or even coffee or tea.

“Every male is expected to be ordained to the priesthood at the age of 12 and nine out of 10 of them are.”

Young men, young women: In being different, you need not isolate yourselves from the world or shun abundant living and wholesome fellowship with those who may believe differently than you do; but in the world, you must maintain your standards regardless of what others may do.

Young men, young women – you of this “chosen generation”: Dare to be different! Be honest, true, benevolent, virtuous. Dare to …




  1. too bad being honest, true, benevolent and virtuous is considered different!

    Comment by ellen — September 1, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Why is the young woman checking her watch?

    Comment by kew — September 1, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

  3. Is he leaving, or just getting home?

    Comment by Dane — September 1, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  4. His clothes look too new (and a little too big for him) — he must be leaving.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 1, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  5. @2 kew, i think she’s a flight attendant checking her watch. remember when flights used to leave on time? 😉

    Comment by ellen — September 1, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  6. @2 She’s the girlfriend who just set her watch alarm for two years (or was it still three years back in 1962?).

    Or she might be late for her next date. That bag in her hand is just big enough to carry a Dear John that won’t get to Buenos Aires until about a week after this Elder gets there.

    Comment by Chad Too — September 1, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

  7. #2: I’m fairly certain that she is the missionary’s younger sister. She’s thinking, “In approximately twenty minutes–the time it will take us to drive home–his bedroom will be all mine. No more sharing a room with my little sister.”

    #4: he has a rather jaunty air about him. I’m surprised those shoes passed inspection.

    “Every male is expected to be ordained to the priesthood at the age of 12 and nine out of 10 of them are.”

    That statistic sounds rather high.

    Comment by Justin — September 2, 2010 @ 9:45 am

  8. Is this the “Mormon Rockwell” style of LDS art?

    Comment by Terry — September 3, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  9. She’s definitely wearing a uniform. Look at the vest that matches the skirt, and the shirt is lighter.

    Comment by queuno — September 3, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

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