Thanks Jerry, this made me smile. I had two grandmothers, though, one was a
convert to the Church, the other had the opportunity but never converted. My
convert grandmother was pretty grouchy, mean, and scared the heck out of me.
(Yes, she lived a very hard life and deserved to be grouchy.) The other
grandmother also lived a difficult life but was one of the sweetest, funniest,
lovely people to be around. There are about twelve baby girls in the extended
family named after the second grandmother. So, sunny can be outside the church,
too. But, I think the real reason for an upbeat attitude on life is a sure
knowledge of an afterlife, better than anything here.
RE: When I say “Mormons,” what word comes to mind? Here’s my
word: Sunny.When I say Christians(Born again) what word comes to my
mind. “Saved” Vs, Then shall he say also to them on the left
hand, Depart from me, … Mt 25:41.
Mormons have every reason to be the happiest people on the face of the earth,
despite some that are perpetually dour. We do have our upbeat hymns. But we also
have a handful of hymns scattered throughout the Prayer and Supplication section
in the hymnbook that are so somber that I worry that they might promote suicidal
Enlightened might be applicable to both sunny and grouchy, as they are found
among different personality types. Or how about "brightened" (as in
brightened by hope)? Even the grouchy are less so due to the brightening light
Loved the article!
Im crazy in love with article
Scott H,In a lot of the wards I've attended, even the happy
hymns are sung like funeral dirges! We as Saints are a happy people,
I think, but afraid to show it.
Sharrona,The problem with your approach is that you quote scriptures to us
that we ourselves also believe in. So when you quote a scripture that warns us
that some will have a place in the Kingdom of God and some won't, we simply
nod in agreement. In the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 3:17) we read "And moreover,
I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor
means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through
the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Sounds like we're in
Loved this article! When SLC hosted the Olympics, I had the opportunity to
volunteer and the comment I heard most often was: "Are you people always
this happy?" or "Do they make you smile?" Of course, I replied
"Yes, we usually are happy and No, they didn't make us smile...it just
comes naturally!" Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile.
So have a happy day...you'll live longer.
A comment seems to be full of joy for those in the "Saved" club and even
more joyful for the plight of all those not so lucky who will be cast out into
everlasting fire. We might want to notice that none of the surrounding
scriptures mention "saved" but do mention those who are
"rightous" through rightous works done out of charity and love rather
than seeking recognition for their status. Matthew 25: 31-46I submit
Christ's position is:"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and
it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it
shall be well with him."I propose we work on the charity and
leave it to Christ to declare us saved.
RE: SLCWatch, "But charity(s/b love)is the pure love of Christ, and it
endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall
be well with him." Moroni 7:47.Which makes no sense.JS was
unaware of the poor KJV translation of charity a latin word. I.e..1Cor 13(love
chapter) in modern translations is Love=(Grk,agape). Saved from what
or a who? The One from whom we need to be saved from is the very One who saves.
Eph 2:3 gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its
desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath:(Romans 5:9-11)Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much
more shall we be saved from God&s Wrath through him! For if, while we were
Gods enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much
more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is
this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we
have now received reconciliation.)
I think I'll rely on charity (1Cor, 13) rather than self certification.
If the guy in the cartoon was Mormon, why would he be in "hell" (the
description of which in this cartoon doesn't match anything even remotely
close to Mormon doctrine)?These kinds of stereotypes offend me, to a
certain extent. Mormons are just like any other group of people: we have bad
days, we get angry, we fight and argue, we make up, we move on with our lives.
There is nothing about being Mormon that magically causes somebody to be
stupidly happy all the time and mentally divorced from the sorrow of the world
around them.It's true that faithful, active Latter-Day Saints
indulge in less sinful behavior that for others contributes greatly to suffering
and misery--and from the perspective of a person who is mired in sin, perhaps
Mormons do appear happy all the time. But that simply is not the case.Latter-Day Saints fall short, struggle, make mistakes, and cry bitter tears
the same as anyone else. We are human beings with problems just like those of
everyone else. Our families are imperfect, our faith is imperfect, WE are
imperfect beings. Stereotyping us in this manner only invites more persecution