Dating/Courtship

During the late 1900s, a growing number of Christian parents became concerned with the increasing sexual immorality and degeneration of chastity and virtue in America. In response, many began looking back to time-tested customs and principles lost during the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. Some adopted the purity movement, some returned to various courtship traditions […]

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Principles of Refined Dance

When Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley, he and other early leaders taught the Saints that they had been commissioned by the Lord to build a new culture, a culture of refinement and holiness! While the Prophet Joseph Smith’s attempts to build a Zion culture in Missouri and Nauvoo were rejected by the people […]

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Dance

One of the first questions almost universally asked when someone is working to implement better dance standards in their life is, “Where do I start? Where can I learn better dances?” Below are some resources to help you get started!  If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with […]

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Christ-Centered Uplifting Christmas Traditions

My family knows I am one of the ‘crazies’ who plays Christmas music all year round and claims winter as the best season of the year—everything about it. The snow, the holidays, the decoration style, the colors. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and our entirely refurbished Christmas really are the highlight of the year! Frankly, I can completely […]

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Hanukkah: Filling our Homes with Light

Two thousand years ago, a small group of God-fearing Jews known as the Maccabees proved that might does not always make right—that the God of Israel is a God of Miracles.  Hanukkah—known to the world as the Festival of Lights, or in scripture as the Feast of Dedication—celebrates God’s victorious defeat over the Greek invasion. […]

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Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar is an online resource and community of families who are coming together to share and uplift one another on this journey to “build Zion.” We are real families, with real struggles, real challenges, and real testimonies of REDEMPTION and HOPE. We are not perfect! But we hope you will join us and […]

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How to join Raising the Bar
Join Raising the Bar on Facebook!

Are you interested in joining Raising the Bar and connecting with other individuals who are striving to live higher standards? We’d love to meet you! Raising the Bar Member Form Loading… Private Facebook Group for Members Questions or comments? Email us at raisingthebarlds@gmail.com

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About Raising the Bar

Improvement, Friendship & Networking Are you striving to raise your standards? Are you looking for like-minded friends who are also “raising the bar”? Then you have come to the right place! Raising the Bar is a safe place for Latter-day Saint individuals who are striving to live higher standards to meet new friends, share ideas […]

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Sukkot replacement for Halloween

Contributor: Emily Dayley Its really nice to hear from some many others who dont celebrate Halloween. When we stopped celebrating Halloween, we replaced it with the Fall Feasts (or holidays) from the Bible. It has been such a a grand blessing for my family! The feast of tabernacles, or Sukkot started Sunday, and continues for […]

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Foundational Zion Standards Training Modules

Thank you for interest in supporting Raising the Bar and supporting Latter-day Saint families who are striving to live higher standards! We are grateful for your help and excited to work with you more. The modules below have been designed with resources that will equip families of Raising the Bar with a foundation in the […]

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Baby Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith Christmas Tradition

Contributor: Hannah Stoddard Our family was given the most BEAUTIFUL gift this Christmas from a neighbor in our ward. We don’t know this couple very well, but they knocked unexpectedly at our door and said that they were touched by my father’s testimony on Joseph Smith a little while ago. Since Joseph Smith’s birthday is […]

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Raising the Bar Events

All Raising the Bar events and groups are not directed by the Joseph Smith Foundation and are operated entirely independently. Raising the Bar events may or may not reflect Joseph Smith Foundation ideals and standards. Utah Utah County Sanpete County (Utah) Contact raisingthebarlds@gmail.com for more details STUDY GROUPS Using the Foundational Zion Standards modules (https://josephsmithfoundation.org/raising-the-bar-/zion-standards-modules), […]

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Wholesome Dance Directory & Tutorials

**Please leave a comment below if you know of a wholesome, refined dance we should add to our directory! English Country Dance Auretti’s Dutch Skipper Black Nag Duke of Kent’s Waltz Grimstock Hole in the Wall Jack’s Health The Indian Queen American Country Basic Square Dance Cotton Eye Joe The Virginia Reel Irish Dance The […]

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What is backbeat/offbeat?

Elder Gene R. Cook made the following comment in regard to the standard for music in his own home. “We determined to maintain our family music standard of Church music, classical music, or other good general music, but no light or hard rock or anything like unto it.” (Gene R. Cook, Raising Up a Family […]

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Review of “To Date or Not To Date?” article

Thank you to this contributor for offering these additional comments after reading the article, To Date or Not To Date?  That is the Question. Hello Hannah, I sincerely enjoyed reading [To Date or Not To Date? That is the Question.]. This is a topic my dad has well-educated his children on, and on which I personally have […]

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