This past weekend I spent some time with my Wifeâ€™s Grandfather and he offered me the opportunity to rummage through his old books and take anything I am interested in. I donâ€™t pass up such opportunities, and came away with a good bunch of books, including a 1930â€™s Adult Sunday School Manual, A 1955 Youth Sunday School Manual (Which I will post on soon, as it is amazing), a 1968 Church Handbook of Instructions, and a 1966 â€œFor the Strength of Youthâ€ Pamphlet.
Today I thought it would be fun to share the pamphlet with you.
It is 16 pages long, as compared with the current editions 44 pages, and has the following sections:
Â· Message from the first Presidency (1 page)
Â· LDS Standards (1 Paragraph)
Â· Dress (2 Â½ pages)
Â· Ill Fitting Clothes, Curlers, Hair Fashions (1 page)
Â· Good Grooming (1 paragraph)
Â· Propriety in All Things (1 and 1/3 pages)
Â· Dating (2 pages)
Â· Acceptable Dancing (3 and 2/3 pages)
Â· Literature, TV, Entertainment (1 paragraph)
Â· Clean Living (1 page)
Compare that with the modern lineup:
Â· Message from the First Presidency
Â· Agency and Accountability
Â· Dress and Appearance
Â· Entertainment and the Media
Â· Music and Dancing
Â· Sexual Purity
Â· Sabbath Day Observance
Â· Tithes and Offerings
Â· Physical Health
Â· Service to Others
Â· Go Forward with Faith
Â· The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles
Â· The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Here are some gems from the 1966 edition:
1. Members of the church should be good dancers and not contortionistsâ€¦ Emphasis should be placed on smooth styling and clever footwork.
2. A â€œreal ladyâ€ does not go out in public, to the market, or to the shops with her hair in curlers.
3. Girls should dress to enhance their natural beauty and femininity. Clothes should be comfortable and attractive without calling attention to a personâ€™s bodyâ€¦few girls or women ever look well in backless or strapless dresses. Such styles often make the figure look ungainly and large, or they show the bony structures of the body.
4. Any apparel that suggests a house robe should not be worn in public but only in oneâ€™s home or apartment.
Here are some gems(on similar topics) from the 2001 edition:
1. Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. All should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners. Ask yourself, â€œWould I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lordâ€™s presence?â€
2. Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people. However, it too can be misused. When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual behavior. Plan and attend dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, and music contribute to a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit of the Lord may be present
Sadly, neither curlers nor clever footwork made the current edition.