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His hypothesis is that the healthy living affects skin tone/texture and Mormons are used to seeing those affects.

So I propose a follow-up study...

Take photos of practicing Mormons and photos of practicing Seventh-Day Adventists and ask the participants to identify the Mormons.

Since the healh-codes are practically identical, with practicing Adventists doing actually better in some aspects, doing this should be a good measure of whether his theory has some value or the Mormon claim that it is the spirit unique to members is a valid alternative.

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We can chuckle at this "glow" thingy... but... there's is something about the physical presence and expression of individuals who are spiritually confident and who feel an inner peace... With LDS, in my experience, this is routinely evident... case in point: one day I was having lunch at Burger King and in came a family -- parents and 5 children and sat at the table next to me.  Their physical appearance and the way they interacted had that "glow" so to speak... the older chidren helping the younger ones get settled while Mom/Dad got food and utensils.  As I watched them I thought to myself... LDS...

So when Mom returned I quietly asked her... Are you LDS?  She seemed surprised and said "Why yes, we are..."  When I told her I was too we immediately started chatting... they were tourists, heading down the coast to Calif... when I got up to leave we said goodbye like old friends.

 

Second, in a documentary it told that when the Mo Tab goes on tour that includes Israel, they must sign an agreement that they will not proselytize or try to disuss the Church... which they uphold.... and one of the Israeli organizers expressed appreciation for the way the Choir honored their agreement, but said... That's fine, but what do we do about the expression in your eyes and face...

 

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If one were to mean by standing out in a crowd or countenance then no they do not.

 

Hello Val...

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you... when I said that indivuals who were spiritually peaceful and confident had a certain "glow" about their expression or countenance if you will, I wasn't talking just about LDS... I used to see that glow in the expressions of the nuns in San Bernardino when I would see them walking in town.  There they were in their habits, with their faces framed by their headdress (sorry but I don't know the proper word for it), and their faces and skin and eyes to me just glowed ... no makeup, just pure love and happiness shining forth.  I think the Mo Tab Choir, when in their concert clothes presented such an impression. 

And, I think that we as LDS with our modest dress and generally positive attitude, and spiritual peace, also approach such a glow.  My experience with this is when I attend women's conference on the BYU campus, and I look around at the women, particularly at breakfast, and I do notice the "look."

 

GG

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 (sorry but I don't know the proper word for it)

 

White coif with the black veil usually:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_habit#Nuns

 

PS:  I was told in the past it was called a "wimple" and grew up thinking that was what it was called but wiki describes that as being included, not the entire headpiece so perhaps a Catholic or someone else who knows the official term can tell us which.

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Hello Val...

I'm afraid I have to disagree with you... when I said that indivuals who were spiritually peaceful and confident had a certain "glow" about their expression or countenance if you will, I wasn't talking just about LDS... I used to see that glow in the expressions of the nuns in San Bernardino when I would see them walking in town.  There they were in their habits, with their faces framed by their headdress (sorry but I don't know the proper word for it), and their faces and skin and eyes to me just glowed ... no makeup, just pure love and happiness shining forth.  I think the Mo Tab Choir, when in their concert clothes presented such an impression. 

And, I think that we as LDS with our modest dress and generally positive attitude, and spiritual peace, also approach such a glow.  My experience with this is when I attend women's conference on the BYU campus, and I look around at the women, particularly at breakfast, and I do notice the "look."

 

GG

 

I can generally pick out LDS, Catholic, Evangelical and Jewish people out in a crowd not necessarily how they dress but the way they carry themselves. Do I feel a holiness and peace when in the company of these varying people? Yes but nothing to really give a second glance.

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People always assumed I was buddhist or agnostic when I was a teen....Heck, just this last year someone asked me if I were LDS....while attending BYU! I mean you have around a .2% chance that I'm not...those are some low odds. I need to get the voltage right so my glow is more obvious. :P

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People always assumed I was buddhist or agnostic when I was a teen....Heck, just this last year someone asked me if I were LDS....while attending BYU! I mean you have around a .2% chance that I'm not...those are some low odds. I need to get the voltage right so my glow is more obvious. :P

I'm sorry but it is way more than a glow that gives it away.  Maybe the lines in the clothes that show garments etc.  My friend went on a cruise and she was picked out as LDS, but she thought it was her garment lines and capped sleeves and bermuda shorts. 

 

Ever since this thread I've been paranoid that I've lost the so-called glow.  I try to smile more and everything.  But I wonder if a lot of us going through disbelief aren't just showing frustration and maybe even some anger at the whole thing.  Maybe the Mormon glow is the confidence that God has their back.  And they know where they're going after death or they feel they are on the right track.  Who the heck knows! 

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