I may choose to ignore people who comment anonymously. I choose never to be anonymous online myself. I have little tolerance for this behavior.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet the Mormons: A Slick Piece?

Many people actually seem offended that Meet the Mormons is a slick, well done movie. What were they expecting, a low-budget, amateurish embarrassment?

Don't they realize how long Mormons have been making movies? Apparently not.

With our own motion picture studio, a plethora of movie makers, equipment and technical expertise, it better be good.

So many of the reviews and analyses seem offended that it is a well made movie. Why? Is this somehow uncouth for a religion, to produce a well made film?

Are followers of Christ somehow cheapened if they are good filmmakers?

Maybe we are just too used to films of faith being movies of mediocrity.

Well, get used to it world. We Mormons are just getting started...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Camper, Coffee and Kid Dilemma


Should a Camp Counselor Stop a Student From Trying Coffee?


This small piece appeared in the ethics column of the New York Times. I'm not comfortable with the ethicist's advice.

I agree that camp staff shouldn't serve or press coffee on a camper whose parents have listed it as "dietary restrictions. However, they should not substitute their judgment for the parents if the child is still under legal age. In other words, they should not be deciding whether this kid is old enough to handle a decision to drink coffee either. The kid is still legally a kid and his parents have ultimate jurisdiction.

The camp staff and ethicist are too willing to decide this question on the merits, when it isn't really their decision to make. I suspect if they were Mormon and it was their kids, they would be enraged if camp staff decided to set aside their guidelines when it came to their own kid.

The child should have notified his parents, not camp staff that he was drinking coffee. But, if camp staff know, they have a moral and legal obligation to inform the parents as to what happened because they know it is a dietary restriction.

Camp staff or the ethicists shouldn't be deciding what are, and what are not "esoteric dictates."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Momentous Moment for Mormanity? Not...

I have a momentous announcement...

I actually watched the Priesthood session of General Conference on October 4, 2014 at 8 pm eastern time. This is destined to go down in history. In fact, I watched it with my very own husband, sitting on our very own couch, in our very own home, on our very own television, that was streamed from our very own Internet access on our very own computer.

The importance of this event may be difficult for you to comprehend. This momentous step for Mormanity is far superior to individually wrapped cheese slices, although some may disagree.

This experience far surpasses any experience attending the satellite broadcast at a meetinghouse around the world because I was able to adjust the VOLUME. How neat is that! In fact, I elevated my feet and was able to exit for bathroom breaks at regular, and needed, intervals.

I tear up as I contemplate this event, even now. I'm sure I'll continue to get emotional as I digest the ramifications this has for my life and my membership in the Church...