No surprise here, lots of Mormons in Utah County and getting dusted with colored
Kool-Aide beats watching Footloose for the 22nd time. Anyone trying to make a
religious connection only has to witness the event.
It has always amazed me how active LDS folks can promote another religion
without much consideration other than how much fun they can have or how colorful
they will appear afterward.
The early saints in the Gentile lands had to abstain from accepting food that
was offered to an idol, but ignorance was a permissable excuse. I think these
youth chanting to Hindu deities might rely on the same rationalization.
Actually, it is like dressing up as a devil or witch on Halloween - all in the
name of "good fun.".
I spent 5 months in India last year. What a great people, holiday and culture.
I am happy to remember it along with my culture and St. Patty's day.
The pictures convey the feeling of the event, and it's great that this
paper reports on it and presents it with such fine photography. However, one
correction is in order: the color is described as "chalk." It's
not; it's colored corn starch. If it were chalk, it would create a health
hazard for those who attend. Otherwise, a great story with even better
Yeah, agreed--but I think they should be a little bit careful about how they
treat this holiday. I lived for years down the street from the main Hindu
temple in what is surely the region with the largest Hindu concentration in
America--and where this event was conducted annually (and White people really
stuck out there and were unexpected). Hindus do not treat this event as a crazy
time to just throw colors around; it has real ceremonial and spiritual meaning
for them and their families. Having seen both, I think this one somewhat makes
light of it and is just for fun and silly. I'm not sure it is a proper
observance. I do think Holi is a very nice holiday.
Ignorance is bliss?Sooner or later you are going to have to decide
which is the One and Only True God that you want to worship.
Christ walked among the non-faithful during his sojourn on earth and ate their
food, sang their songs and probably bowed his head during their prayers. It is
a great way to bond members of different religions while at the same time maybe
receiving knowledge and providing some. Sounds like great fun.
I feel it is totally acceptable to observe and participate in the cultural and
religious celebrations of other cultures especially when invited to do so. As
long as your doing so is not done in a way that mocks those who are celebrating
or worshiping.Is it really much different than a Mormon celebrating
Halloween, Valentines day or wearing Green for St. Patrick's day? I know
Mormons who observe lent and Hanukkah. Similar concept in my opinion.I have been to a Catholic Mass and other Christian Worship services. They
haven't changed my beliefs, but brought me greater respect for those who
beliefs are different than mine.
This is one more example of the wonderful attitude Mormons have toward other
religions: not just acceptance and welcoming, but participation in other
religions' festivals, without in the least feeling that, as a Mormon,
you'd be "offending God" by doing so.As I recall, the
Mormon Church even gave financial support for Hindus to build their facility.
And I know, as a Jew, that Brigham Young gave support for the first Jewish
congregation in Utah to get established.What a refreshing change
from reading about a Christian denomination which bans yoga for its adherents,
because yoga comes from a "false religion."My own belief is
that God provides humanity with a "buffet" of rich spiritual offerings.
We get to choose the ones that nourish our spirit the greatest. And when
we've found that, there's absolutely no harm in "taking
tastes" of other offerings. It's part of our spiritual education, not
a sin.I congratulate the open-minded Mormons for doing this, and for
embracing non-Mormons who are doing likewise.
@scwoz - just a clarification on your statement. Although Jesus Christ showed
infinite love to those he met, he made it very clear that His ministry was to
the House of Israel only. There are a couple of examples when the has contact
with those who are not Israelite and he does it in a respectful fashion. 1) To the woman of Samaria he chides her belief by saying, "Ye
worship ye know not what..." (John 4). 2)To the woman of Canaan
he said, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
He then indirectly insults her by saying, "It is not meet to take the
children's bread, and cast it to dogs" (Matthew 15). Having
said that, I see nothing wrong with the LDS attending the Holi Festival. It is
no different than LDS celebrating St. Patricks,Halloween, or any other holiday
that is tied to another religion. There is beauty in seeing and understanding
other religions and their beliefs.
Who's saying the Mormon way of worshiping God is the only way, or the only
way that pleases God? I think he loves his children, all of them, and he smiles
when they try to draw close to him. Certainly beats sitting through a planning
I have no problem with LDS students innocently participating in other
religion's celebrations. The only tragedy would be if they missed the
opportunity to learn and remained ignorant of those religions.
I don't think most who participate in Utah county have the foggiest clue
about the religious implications. It makes for a colorful Snap Chat or Facebook
picture. And all my friends are going, so....
@Poqui Murray, UTThink you missed something in the Matthew reference,
like the rest of the story: 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of
the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son
of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he
answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send
her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am
not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then
came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he
answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to
cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of
the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus
answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as
thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Love this article. It's a great reminder to us LDS that we don't have
to be exclusive when we think about freedom of religious expression and
practice--especially in public. I would that the whole world believed in the
idea of communal respect and even celebration for differing beliefs. I can
personally believe and be converted to the idea that the LDS church is the only
true and living church, and still love the expressions of faith across this
country. I also find great inspiration in the faith and genuine good will of
others. My belief does not disprove yours. Nor should your belief or
disbelief have any effect upon mine. I would that fewer people were outraged by
public displays of religion. Let any and all express their faith. It just seems
more like an exposure of an insecurity than an act of devotion to stifle the
faith of others.
I'm thinking back to the Sesquicentennial Celebration held in BYU's
Football Stadium several years ago, when groups representing many cultures
rotated from stage to stage displaying different aspects of their culture; yet
all those cultures had stalwart members of the LDS Church. True, many
expressions of cultural traditions have their roots in what LDS and the larger
Christian Community might consider pagan worship. But these forms have all
devolved into practices that have only social ramifications. We ought not feel
guilty about enjoying them from that aspect. Even Brigham Young encouraged
dancing, which then and even now can have outlandish violent or promiscuous
associations when carried to the extreme. But for the most part, we need to
accept the more common, enjoyable traits that the majority of the participants
I had a friend that went last year and really enjoyed it. However, she DID make
the comment that the closer you got to the stage, the stronger the smell of
Um…okay…I hardly see how it makes sense to participate
in religious ceremonies from a completely different religion of one’s own,
especially when one doesn’t understand the meaning behind it anyway, but
hey, most Mormons celebrate Christmas, Halloween, and Easter, the traditions of
which are almost all rooted in non-Christian, pagan religions.Whatever floats your boat, I guess.