In the spring of 1830, Joseph Smith founded what is now known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Soon afterward, many crossed oceans and continents to gather with him. Among these were several of my ancestors.
My ancestors were nothing if not dedicated. I believe this is part of me as well.
Though I have to wonder, were they easily deceived?
Andrew S. of Irresistible (Dis)Grace writes about the depictions of Mormons and Joseph Smith in the South Park Episode All About the Mormons. I particularly liked this:
Throughout the episode, Stone and Parker portray the family as being unwaveringly friendly and accommodating. Now, this is just to fit into the Mormon stereotype. However, the things that the family says as a result of this stereotype seem peculiar — even for Mormons. Specifically, the Mormon mother, Karen, says to Stan’s father Randy:
Randy, the last thing we want is for people to think we’re pushing our religion. We know there are a lot of beliefs out there and ours just works for us.
Now, really. Really? Mormonism is has a central evangelistic zeal to it. And even though Mormons recognize “there are a lot of beliefs out there,” and that there may even be some truths within other religions and beliefs…the more common idea, I would imagine, is that the church is deemed to have the *entire* truth, or the *complete* priesthood, etc.,
It's a great post. Check it out here.