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Be Honest With Yourself: Be Friendly and Reverent!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2011

(See here for background)

From 1959 —

Be friendly and reverent

This is a friendly church. Wherever its members meet, they are happy. They exchange warm handshakes and hearty greetings.

Hearts beat in tune to joyous gospel truths, “uttered or unexpressed.” Fellowship in the Church promotes joyful living – for “men are that they may have joy.”

But there’s a time and place for all things: a time for fellowship and for recreation; a time for study and for service.

And there’s also a time and a place for quiet and solemn worship – reverence.

Wisely, the Church provides facilities and opportunities for all these activities.

There’s the entry hall or foyer where friend greets friend before, after, and between meetings.

There are classrooms with teaching facilities where Gospel principles are explained and discussed with dignity and sincerity.

There’s the recreational hall for plays dances, pageants, dinners, receptions, sports.

And then there’s the chapel for worshiping assemblies.

Each of these places deserves a decorum of its own – suitable to both the place and the occasion.

So, be happy, be joyful, be buoyant, be friendly. But always, when reverence is due, be reverent!




  1. Love this! Can we get these types of items reissued! Reverence (with all the crowding of wards together in one building and overlapping meeting times) is sometimes difficult to maintain. Nothing like a parent taking a child out of Sacrament because they are being a little irreverent and when the doors open being blasted by the friendly sounds of another ward laughing, talking, etc. Who really designs our buildings?

    Comment by Cliff — February 28, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  2. So the use of “reverence” to mean quietness rather than worshipfulness was apparently already well-entrenched 50 years ago. Interesting.

    And re: Cliff’s comment, i can only figure that if the church really wanted us to be silent in our chapels, they’d’ve made our foyers big enough to handle the crowds.

    Comment by David B — February 28, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  3. The problem really is that both the “recreational hall” and the foyers are used as overflow seating for Sacrament meeting. When there’s multiple wards in a building, there’s not any way to avoid being noisy during the other ward’s meeting time.

    Comment by Coffinberry — February 28, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Thanks for the post Ardis.

    We could use this in our ward today.

    Comment by Believe All Things — February 28, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  5. Maybe it is the head-banger in me, but I am not much into reverence. :)

    Comment by Chris H. — February 28, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  6. I like the guy with the bow tie.

    Comment by Ugly Mahana — March 1, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  7. That’s a friendly response, Ugly Mahana. I hope it was also reverent.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 1, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

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