This made me smile so much today, I decided to bring the blog out of retirement.
Happy Easter weekend, everyone. May you have a good conference, and enjoy the solitude in remembering our Savior.
There's been a lot of talk lately about famous Mormons. Whether they be teeny bopper rock star singers (see This post) or presidential candidates, athletes, talk show hosts, or do-wop era diva's; there are a lot of famous Mormons out there amongst the living non-peculiar world. The thing is, these folks have been there all along, it just so happens most people didn't realize their faith or religious convictions were of the Peculiar variety.
I, for one, actually love that there are celebrities in our midst who are quietly living their lives and not out living them and shouting from the roof tops that they are Mormon. I like that the way they carry themselves, speak, preform service, dress, and act tells the world that there is something different and special about them before it is even mentioned that they might, just MIGHT be Mormon. There are several among the non-peculiar world that are quite peculiar and most might never even know it. One of the most peculiar things about this people is that we, for the most part, tend to live by a peculiar standard all of the time - not just when the timing fits. It's one of the things that makes us stand out from others, and is also one of the things that most other non-peculiar folks tend to admire about the Mormon people.
I also love those who have taken a very public stance on their religion and their career. Governor Mitt Romney, for one, who during the Salt Lake Olympic games gathered the worlds leaders together for a brunch at the SLOC headquarters. The brunch was a widely televised event and news outlets from every single nation were there. There was coffee, tea and champagne being served at said brunch, and the eyes of the world were on Mitt. One news outlet reported, "He never once turned his coffee cup over, it sat on the table upside down untouched the entire meal." And his Champagne flute? "Filled to the brim with orange juice during the obligatory toast." Mr. Romney has never hidden his peculiarity from the world and on this particular occasion, all eyes were all on him to see if he really lived the way he professed to.
I love to see famous Mormons living their peculiar life Loud. And. Proud.
I will never be a person who has to defend my peculiarity on a public or a world stage, nor will I ever be someone that the world is watching to see if I've done anything against the way by which I've decided to live my life. I can't possibly imagine what it would be like to choose to give up my famous rock-star career to serve a mission for two years in a far away land.
I do know I admire those who despite their fame, are still able to remain peculiar and respond without question "I'm a Mormon" when asked. I've heard of peculiar people turning down roles on (or being fired from!) Broadway because the role required of them to pretend to drink or smoke (avoid the appearance of evil...), or singing groups making their entire wardrobe be redesigned so it could fit within the modest guidelines by which they've decided to dress. I've heard of political leaders turning down drinks with higher political officials. And yet, all these famous Peculiar people are still living their faith as if nothing has ever happened.
We are all challenged from time to time. Our peculiarity makes us stand out in a crowd. For famous peculiar people, it makes them stand out that much more. Good for you peculiar politicians, teeny bopper rock stars (heh, and aging teeny bopper rock stars - I'm looking at you, Mr. Osmond...), talk show hosts, athletes and 60's era do-wop singers for showing the world that it's okay to be peculiar. Peculiar is okay. Peculiar is not weird.
I promise I've not gone away and left this blog to wither away as a dry reed. I've not given up on my already embraced weirdness, nor the weirdness of the people around me.
Truth is, I've just been busy.
While that is not about to change (not by a long shot, considering I've recently decided to go back to school and finish my degree), I do hope to get back to posting here regularly.
I realize there are a lot of blogs out there like this one that are written by Mormons like me with a love of the Gospel and the desire to share it with others - even if it is in their own weird little way. I started writing this blog for my daughter who was trying to overcome the stigma of being a "weird" Mormon, but I think it's actually started helping me to define more thoroughly who I am, and helped me to become more comfortable in sharing the basic foundations of what I believe - not only behind the anonymous walls of cyberspace, but in person - face to face - when others ask or question, or simply want to know what it is that makes me - well, me.
So, I'm a mom, a daughter, a wife, a science fiction geek, have an almost incontrollable sweet tooth at times, I like fried foods, dancing to music with the kids ( and without) I believe in being honest with my fellow man, I rather enjoy attending three hours worth of church each Sunday, I believe my family is forever - and that makes me happy rather than terrifies me (although, I have to admit at times it is the latter...) I like to stay busy with mindless television from time to time, I'm a student (both literally and figuratively), I'm a little strange, a lot weird...
and I'm a Mormon.
The church has recently unveiled their new marketing plan "I am a Mormon" through Bonneville communications and Mormon.org. It's a place where anyone can go and look through profiles of regular, every day - (not weird) people who happen to be Mormon.
I happen to have a profile (are you surprised? yea, I didn't think so) and it can be found here:
But, there are also a lot of other amazing people out there who have submitted their story. Those can be found here:
I think over the next couple of posts, I'm going to highlight one or two, just so you can see how different, and yet just how the same every member of the church is.
Mormons are not weird. They are:
mothers, fathers, artists, dancers, athletes, bloggers, children, adults, CEO's, actors, musicians, electricians, politicians, students, and much more.
Our first Mormon.org profile:
Jeff Decker, Biker, Sculptor and Mormon.
I was perusing facebook this morning, and there were so many wonderful Father's Day wishes out there - It was very touching. There were of course the many "Happy Father's Day to my Dad/Husband/Brother" you are an amazing/wonderful/thoughtful person and I can't imagine my life without you." sentiments. There were a few photos of families, photos of fathers who have long since passed from this earth, photos of fathers with new born babies in their arms, photos of soldiers stationed far away. And then there were the songs posted - Dad's favorite song, songs that remind us of dad...songs about dad. So many loving tributes to our fathers and how much they mean to us.
However, those are not the things I want to share with you today. Rather, I would like to share with you this prayer, by President Gordon B Hinckley:
"God bless you, dear fathers. May He bless you with wisdom and judgment, with understanding, with self-discipline and self-control, with faith and kindness and love. And may He bless the sons and daughters who have come into your homes, that yours may be a fortifying, strengthening, guiding hand as they walk the treacherous path of life. As the years pass—and they will pass ever so quickly—may you know that "peace... which passeth all understanding" (Philip. 4:7) as you look upon your sons and daughters, who likewise have known that sacred and wonderful peace. Such is my humble prayer, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen" ("'Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children'," Ensign, Nov 2000, 50.)
Happy Father's Day.