Remember how I said Sundays here at moosh in indy were going to be all about clearing up the stereotypical fog surrounding us Mormons? Well, sorry, I got all boo hoo whiney missy over my husband who just happens to be 1,500 miles away and skipped the lesson for last week.

Again, I’m not trying to get you all to sit next to me at church, or think that I’m the greatest thing on the planet. You don’t even have to read this, free agency baby. I’m just putting honest information out there for anyone who still thinks we’re crazy misunderstood.

All of the following comes from the same talk delivered at our Church’s general conference by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

  • Mormons place particularly strong emphasis on family as the basic unit of the Church and of society. We have a deep commitment to marriage (defined as a union between one man and one woman). Polygamy, a limited practice in the early pioneer days of the Church, was discontinued in 1890, some 117 years ago.
  • Families and individuals, whether members of our faith or not, can attend Sunday services in our chapels. Here we worship together, instructing one another from the scriptures.
  • Latter-day Saint families are encouraged to hold family home evenings weekly, usually on Monday nights. This provides a regular and predictable time for parents to teach values to their children and to have fun together. We invite those not of our faith to adopt this practice with their own families.
  • The Church has auxiliary programs for women, youth, and children as a support to the family. These programs provide such things as religious instruction, opportunities for Christian service, sports, drama, music, and Scouting.
  • And there is also much focus on extended family, genealogy, and personal family history, providing young and old with a stronger sense of roots, identity, and belonging. The highest and most sacred ordinances of our faith relate to our families, both living and dead, and some of these ordinances take place in our temples.
  • One of the fruits is a longer life. Studies show that practicing Mormons are healthier and therefore live longer than the national average. In 1833 the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith the Word of Wisdom, which is the way to live in order to enjoy a long and healthy life.
  • Second, those who are married in and attend the temple regularly have a divorce rate far below the national and world average.
  • Third, we achieve an educational level that is higher than the national average.
  • Fourth, over 70,000 members volunteer at their own expense to serve for 18 to 24 months in humanitarian efforts, Church service assignments, and full-time missionary service throughout the world.
  • And fifth, we place strong emphasis on self-reliance and a solid work ethic. We encourage active involvement in our communities and in providing service to others. The Church continues to donate substantial money, goods, and services to humanitarian causes around the globe, including untold hours of labor donated by members to assist in disaster cleanup and relief.

Work ethic, humph. You meant the reason my husband is working so hard back in Indiana while the moosh and I rot away in sunshine and purple mountains majesty? Damn you work ethic, you double edged sword. (Okay, so I’m totally grateful Cody has the work ethic of a cattle dog, but sometimes it makes me feel really lazy.)

I really try to be a nice person. If someone out there is or was LDS and was a toad to you don’t let it cloud your opinion of the rest of us. The toadiness of that person was because they were a toad of a person not because we sit around in Church trying to conspire ways to make everyone else feel left out. 

Anyone, LDS or not, who follows the principles of faith, hope, charity and love is going to be good person.

Aww, look at me getting all snuggly warm and fuzzy.

Happy Sunday/day three of turkey leftovers.

Comments

  1. Aaw, the time will fly by and you’ll see Cody soon. Thanks for the LDS info.

  2. I never understood why some people give Mormons a hard time. Anybody who loves Jesus is cool in my book. That is all that matters!

    Hope the Moosh is feeling better and the tish-me needing is over. :)

  3. You’re so funny.

    You even make a good look at your faith funny.

    I like the way you are so honest about your life and your past and how it brought you around to your faith. I think it makes everything else you write about Mormonism that much more accessible.

  4. Amen sista! You have such a way with words- good post.

  5. I remember when I was part of our church’s sacramental prep team (yeah, us Catholics and our sacraments) I read a study that showed that the rate of divorce among couples that pray together and go to church together is around 3%. That is crazy low.

  6. I missed it somewhere… why are you in Utah and Cody is not? I hope the time passes so quickly for you. {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} (and good job on the clearing up of more of the misunderstandings of us)

  7. I love that you are educating us all!!! I have to admit I know nothing about the Mormon faith & I’m quick to judge those boys dressed in suits who ride their bikes in our city & knock on doors :)

  8. Love all the info on your faith!

  9. First time commenter, newly discovered reader. Part of the reason I added you to my feed reader is because you are LDS. My hubby and I are currently taking the lessons and have scheduled our baptisms to be on Christmas weekend.

    Hope the moosh is feeling better, and hugs to you on the ‘away from hubby’ blahs.

  10. So to you who is Jesus Christ?

  11. I love that you’re doing this, Casey. The hubs and I heard something on NPR awhile back that said something like 60% of Americans think of LDS as like a cult. Wow. I was able to parrot your statistic of being the 4th largest Christian denomination in the U.S. to T.

    But seriously, that floored me.

  12. I love these posts! Keep them coming.

  13. Hey, Casey! Remember ME? I was thinking of you this morning for some reason, so I thought I’d see if your blog is still around, and here it is, in all your witty glory (I do love how you write!).

    I hope all is well; just thought I’d say hi. Great writing on the Church; how brave you are! Take care. Hope your stay in Utah was good.

  14. I am loving these posts. Thanks for sharing.

    And also, yes the divorce rate CAN be lower for LDS members. But only in those that actually follow the teachings of the church. I like that that aspect was included in the talk by Elder Ballard. You have to WORK on your marriage.

    And I like what Mrs. Fussypants said…I agree, anyone that loves Jesus is cool to me!

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