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Odds and Ends: Mormons most creative when tired, Battalion re-enactment, service and a 'Mormal'

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

A post on the blog "A Motley Vision" with a reference to a Wall Street Journal article on how to be creative (the answer: get groggy), suggests LDS writers shouldn't have much trouble when it comes to creativity.

"Since for most of us the writing happens late at night or early in the morning or in the afternoon when the baby/toddler is taking a nap, and we’d like to take a nap too, we are totally primed for accruing the creative perks of grogginess. Perhaps we should all teach early morning seminary. Or switch off and on daylight savings every other month."

But there are many ways to get creative besides writing. Around 50 Mormon Battalion re-enactors were planning to walk in San Juan Capistrano's Swallows Day Parade on March 24.

"It's all lay people. No one is a professional," William Vogeler told the Orange County Register. "We just do this out of a love for our history and our faith. We don't walk 2,000 miles, but we feel the connection."

Historical accounts cited in the article indicate that the Mormon Battalion stopped at Mission San Juan Capistrano in on its way to Los Angeles in 1847.

Predating the Mormon Battalion by five years is the Relief Society, which recently celebrated its 170th birthday.

The Columbia Missourian spotlighted a Relief Society activity that coincided with the anniversary, but mentions the women "weren't opening any presents. They were giving them."

At the event, the participants learned about emergency preparedness and participated in charity projects.

"Hand-sewn quilts, fabric hats for children undergoing chemotherapy and 500 cards for overseas troops were a few of the projects presented to five charities at the end of the afternoon," the article says.

Service continued on the east coast where youths from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oakton, Va., helped assemble blankets and hygiene kits for people in need.

"About 200 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 recently gathered for a youth conference and brought and assembled all the items needed for the kits," the Oakton Patch reported.

On the other side of the U.S., in Cerritos, Calif., LDS teens attended a "Mormal," or Mormon formal dance.

The Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch said that more than 350 youths attended the Paris-themed dance, where as one attendee said, the "don’t have to worry about bad music or inappropriate dancing or clothing."

A former Century Savings Bank in Bridgeton, N.J. is being brought up to code and renovated to be the future meetinghouse for an LDS congregation, NJ.com reported.

"Inside, furniture and counters had been removed and the main lobby was just about bare as could be," the article states. However, "the bank’s vault and drive-though window remains."

Email: rbrutsch@desnews.com

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