Mormon missionary Craig Harline was sure he’d be able to convert 84 people on his mission to Belgium in the 1970s. The reality was more like zero.
The Church’s “Meet the Mormons” film, which will hit theaters on October 10, appears to take the popular “I’m a Mormon” campaign to a logical extreme, using half a dozen ordinary/extraordinary Latter-day Saints around the world as the calling card for our religion.
Robin Williams is one who seized the day, who sucked the marrow out of life, who gifted the world with a barbaric yawp.
What did Albus Dumbledore write to teen shooting victim Cassidy Stay? This is the man who said, “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”
Today I signed up to read the Book of Mormon with a group over the next 239 days. Yes, pathetically enough, I need an entire freakin’ village to keep me on the spiritual straight and narrow.
It’s true that some R-worthy movies, books, and music have little to offer, either in artistic value or moral strength. But others absolutely do. For Mormons to close ourselves off to those cultural truths sight unseen is ridiculous.
Over the last 24 hours I’ve seen several people refer to Angelou as the “caged bird” of her writings, saying she is now free of the mortal body that caged her, that cages us all. I beg to differ.
One challenge for the hierarchical LDS Church is that the same centralized structure that enables its strong and unified social media presence is also a potential obstacle to the participatory give-and-take of social media.
A couple of weeks ago I posed a question on Facebook: What was the most discouraging thing a teacher ever told you about yourself? I was surprised by the dozens of answers I received – and by their specificity.