Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This Year For Halloween, We're Giving Out Object Lessons

As you know, we don’t generally celebrate Halloween in my house. But this year I had an idea about something we could do as a family that would allow my kids to experience the fun of dressing up but would also allow us an opportunity to share our beliefs with others.

So this year, we are all going to dress up in Liahona costumes…
Then we are going to stand outside on the street and when people come around who are wearing modest and family-oriented costumes, we will point them in the direction of the houses they should go to in order to get the nice big candy bars.

But if a person’s costume is too scary or too slutty, and they ask which direction to go in, we will just shrug our shoulders and not say anything until they go home and change.

36 comments:

Jenni said...

What a great object lesson to encourage modesty and free agency. Thumbs up!

JAMIE said...

You could also provide over-sized t-shirts for the repentant that say, "Modest is Hottest". I bet you'd really get some takers and cause some mighty change of hearts.

Remember, if you save but one soul......

:)

Tiffany said...

Knocked it out of the park on this one.

David J. West said...

I just didn't know Brother Marriot had appeared on "You Can't Do That on Televsion"

Kelly said...

Love this blog. Have an inspired halloween night!

Manaen said...

My wife and I looked at a suite at Marriott's Residence Inn near Disneyland -- no BoM. We didn't check for the porn, but I suppose that recognizing the conflict, they chose to eject the BoM.

Matsby said...

To be fair, the BoM does have a lot of violence in it.

Dr. Wolffe said...

The magic 8 ball seems to deviate a bit from the spirit of the Liahona. What if it operated the same way and when Lehi asked, "Should we go north" The 8 ball would just say maybe or most likely. I don't think that would inspire a lot of confidence in the Liahona. Maybe that is why Laman and Lemuel didn't enjoy the trip very much. At least the costume is knee length. Hurrah for modesty!

awright13 said...

I was actually going to be a magic 8 ball for halloween. I figured, being pregnant and all, it'd be a good look for me. However, I think I could've also pulled off the liahona costume too.

Now I would definitely have reason to dress as such, with the spiritual ramifications and all.

Kimi D said...

last year a friend and i stumbled into a costume party the week before halloween in salt lake. the guys and girls were shockingly immodest...so when approached in our jeans and t-shirts and asked about our "costumes", i told them that we were dressed as For the Strength of Youth pamphlet models.

rameumptom said...

I used to do something similar to what the Matsby family is doing this year.
We dressed like ancient prophets of the Bible. I was always Samuel. If they were modest and righteous, we would pronounce blessings on their heads.

If they were deemed evil, we would run them through with a spear.

Of course, when the cops asked us to take it down a notch, we just started handing out chocolate bars with Exlax, instead.

brossettelewis said...

Every member a missionary! :) Thanks for putting your shoulder to the wheel Brother Matsby.

Cellarconverter said...

Are the women in your family also going to be wearing veils or shaving their heads?

"For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair" (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 11:4-7).

If not how can you justify giving other people 'object lessons' if you are not following the biblical code yourself?

Matsby said...

I'm not sure I like your tone, brother.

Actually my wife has Alopecia Areata, so maybe you should work on being more sensitive.

Matsby said...

I won't tell you how to convert cellars, you don't tell me how to write dry obscure Mormon comedy.

Seriously, NRSV???

rameumptom said...

Don't people realize that on this blog, there is only one true version of the Bible? The MRVJST*?

NRSV is for heretics!

*Matsby Revised Joseph Smith Translation

Matsby said...

Happy Halloween, Brother Haverfield!

Cellarconverter said...

Wow Matsby! for someone who says "never take yourself too seriously", you certainly seem to take yourself seriously!

I am genuinely sorry to hear of your wife's condition. There was nothing to suggest that to me on your blog and I was only quoting what the Holy Bible says! I didn't write it! just quoted it! You could easily stumble across it yourself reading the Bible.

By the way I LOVE Mormon humour, my wife and I have laughed ourselves to tears just reading some of it on the net. Thanks for introducing me to it.

But lighten up mate, if you dish out the humour you have to learn to take it as well! Perhaps you should follow in my footsteps and take the trouble to learn some dry English atheist humour too.

Anyway here is some of the Mormon humour that we found so funny: -

Notices posted on the church noticeboard...

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals."

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Matsby said...

She doesn't really have Alopecia Areata.

Matsby said...

And you're right, Brother. I'm sorry.

Cellarconverter said...

Thank you Matsby, you are a good man. I love making contact and interacting with people from different sectors of our society. Even small difference is culture and attitude can result in conflict in our society if we just keep ourselves bottled up in our own niche. Our interaction has taught me something and I feel richer for it.

The least of which is that Mormons not only have a sense of humour far in excess of that for which they are reputed outside their community but a very funny one at that.

Alopecia! LOL - you really had me there!

This made me laugh too..

http://www.mormonsite.org/humor/histworld.html

Without meeting you on your blog, I would never have found it!

I wish you well and hope that you do not see my contact as an intrusion but a meeting of minds. Love to you and all your dear friends who might read this.

Matsby said...

Thanks Brother Cellar, you are welcome here any time.

rameumptom said...

Sniff!

I love a happy ending!

Joel Pinckney said...

I dont think this lesson is a good thing to do because as believers we are suppost to accept everyone not just the clean people and another point everyone is dirty on the inside its GOD who makes us clean so we are suppost to great people with grace and kindness and get to bring them closer to us so we can show them the light of GOD

Matsby said...

Thanks for those great words of advice, Brother Pickney.

rameumptom said...

But if they reject our kind actions, THEN can we run them through with a spear????

Joel Pinckney said...

ha yeah well you could but that wouldnt be the work of GOD now would it if they reject our Acts of Random Kindness(ARK)they we should try to do some more kindness or just dont run them through with spears them like give out the biggest pieces of candy but just put something simple from the bible on it or say god bless to them dont treat them bad when they dress a little unmodest because we all sin just in different ways and we all are just as bad as them everyone of use on this blog its just that we all go to church so some times we think we are better but we arent GOD is the only one that makes us clean
and please just call me joel
oh and im christian

Matsby said...

Welcome Brother Joel. We are all Christian here. Not because I am anti-Semitic but just because that tends to be the crowd I draw.

Except Brother Converter. I think he said he's an atheist.

ANYWAY, you have some good points, but don't worry too much about Brother Rameumptom wanting to run people through with a spear.

Once you get to know him better, you'll understand - that's just his special way of saying "hello".

rameumptom said...

Would it help if I used a spear with a rubber tip?

How about a rubber chicken? Can I run someone through with a rubber chicken?

Joel Pinckney said...

Oh well maybe thats the reason for all the vilance and running people through with strange objects. But anyways so what do you think about it know just wondering.

rameumptom said...

Pink,
I guess the big thing is to realize this is a humor blog and laugh along with the rest of us.... If you want something serious, there's hundreds of serious blogs out there that take themselves too seriously.
And don't worry, I'd never run you through with a rubber chicken.

Matsby said...

"Running people through with strange objects"

Strange objects???

I don't think a rubber chicken should be considered a strange object. If you had seen what I have seen, you would know that sometimes there is nothing more normal in this life than running someone through with a rubber chicken.

(as long as the person deserves it of course)

Matsby said...

(I saw a lot of things on my mission - A LOT)

Perry said...

They didn't have rubbery chicken on my mission, the Italians really know how to cook!

I gained 20 pounds!

The Italians do have "strange objects" but we were not allowed to touch them, the objects or the Italians....

Perry

Brittany said...

Speaking of "Modest is Hottest"... I thought you and your readers might be interested in seeing a fun music video my family and I made about modesty. Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/UXzWNQT1cJk . My husband and some friends wrote the song as a means to communicating the sensitive subject of modesty to a show choir at the University of Utah's Institute of Religion some years ago. It was a big hit and we feel like it might help young women to get the message. Thanks, enjoy!

Brittany

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