Remembering Emma Lou Thayne and Her Ability to Love

Emma Lou Thayne (2)I will consider my life a success if I am able to master the talent that Emma Lou Thayne had to make people feel good about themselves. It must have been so second-nature to her that I, at first, didn’t realize that I felt better about myself every time I was able to talk with Emma Lou. I felt invigorated (she always had good advice for new directions and paths along with a willingness to help however she could) and happy (she had such great stories and a zen-like outlook on life). It took me some time to see that I felt these things because I felt her love.

She had this talent, an innate ability to love and cherish complete strangers so quickly, to make us feel like we would always be good friends. And, I feel blessed to have been one of the thousands to call her a friend.

I admired Emma Lou from afar for years when one day, I screwed up my courage to write her an email, asking if we could reprint something she had written for Exponent II. I was hoping for a quick “yes”—she’s a busy woman after all.

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The Exponent’s Favorite Charities for Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayWe’re all familiar with Black Friday and lately, Cyber Monday is gaining popularity, but I’ve been super excited about Giving Friday the past couple years. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back and occurs on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Here at The Exponent, we wanted to list some of our favorite charities that we like to give to and trust for their good work. Below are some thoughts from our permabloggers and other Exponent II community members.

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Christmas Series: Give the Gift of Exponent II

Gift of EXII logoAre you looking for that special gift for your favorite Mormon woman? Consider getting a subscription to Exponent II, and your gift recipient’s first issue will be a double issue packed with so much of the best stuff of Exponent II over the past 40 years.

Our editor-in-chief, Aimee Hickman, has been working on this issue for over a year, and it will be such a treasure, including past editors’ favorite essays published during their tenure with a few paragraphs describing the events surrounding the choosing, editing, and publishing of their chosen essay.

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Relief Society Lesson 19: In the World But Not of the World

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City Scape by Ham, Myung SuThis lesson guide is based on the Joseph Fielding Smith manual’s lesson, Chapter 19. Fortunately, this topic is also well-covered in an exceptional lesson guide we recently did for Young Women’s. Definitely check it out! (As per usual, my questions to the class are italicized.)

This quote opens the lesson, “While we are in the world, we are not of the world. We are expected to overcome the world and to live as becometh saints.”

Ask the sisters: What does this quote mean to you?
Can we live apart from the world and avoid being condescending towards those who don’t believe as we do or choose the same path that we do?

I worry about the second question quite a bit. As a Mormon who holds political ideologies different from many of the members in my various wards, I have felt judged for voting Democrat…that perhaps, I don’t quite understand the gospel or the Church because I see issues differently.

Rachel Held Evans says in better in her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood (have you read it? It’s fantastic!), “We tend to take whatever’s worked in our particular set of circumstances (big family, small family, AP, Ezzo, home school, public school) and project that upon everyone else in the world as the ideal.”

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How to Access Your Online Subscription on ExponentII.org

Thank you for your patience as Exponent II has undergone some significant changes…we’ve had an explosion in subscriptions and moved to an online database so our subscribers can now manage their own subscriptions online (gift subscriptions and an Exponent II store renovation coming soon!). While we are no longer selling hard copies of our Spring 2014 theme issue, Women and the Priesthood, people who subscribe now (hard copy or online) will have access to the PDF of that issue on our website.

Please note: the last batch of orders went out this morning. Some were placed in late June as we’ve played catch up. Email me at subscriptionsATexponentiiDOTorg if your hard copy has not arrived by August 3rd, and thank you for your patience as our volunteers manager these transitions.

To manage your hard copy subscription account, follow the directions below.  If you have an online subscription, you should be able to follow steps #4, 5, and 7 to access your account and the PDF of the most current issue as well as access to all issues archived.

  1. Go to our new Exponent II store: http://exponent.hyperingenuity.com/store.cgi
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click, “Create an Account”step 1
  3. Fill in the necessary information and click, “Create Account”step 2
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