I am a Utah Mormon.*
If that shocked you, you may need to spend more time plowing thru -okay, you’re right: I don’t mention it much. I mostly don’t bring up my location or religious affiliation because of The Box Phenomenon. People are so keen to categorize that they will automatically assume things about my character, things that are probably not true.
There are, however, many characteristics or behaviors or habits or lack of cuss words that are true because of my Utah LDSness.
- I don’t drink alcohol. Never have, and I mean never.
- I have not done recreational drugs.
- I’ve never had a cup of coffee.
- I have no tattoos. Never have.
- I wear one set of earrings, in my ear lobes.
- I lived a very clean dating life and my husband is the only man I’ve known.**
- I don’t swear, unless it’s the morning after the children have not slept and they will damn well hear about how frustrating they’ve been after the umpteenth time -in which case, it’s still only “damn” and “hell.”
- I attend church every week and (before I was pregnant) voluntarily worked a ‘job’ in our ward.
The list could go on, I suppose, but that’s why I’m writing this post. I am naturally curious about how other people live their lives, and assume others might be curious about mine. I specifically wonder if everyone else starts the day with a cup of coffee. Does everyone else flip off bad drivers on the freeway? Does everyone slip on a tank top and short shorts and call themselves dressed?
And so, what do you wonder about MY day-to-day life or views based on my location and religious leanings? Within reason, what questions do you have? Do you have any?
I’m no official representative of my faith and will not purport to be so, but am willing to answer what I can.
Try me. I’m curious.
*The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has officially stated that its members are not ‘Mormons,’ but are ‘members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.’
**You know, in the biblical sense.
Besides a question, you may also be interested in my writings of last week:
Wednesday, November 13: Made some important announcements about the blog’s schedule in “I’m Having a Baby (I Think).”
Thursday, November 14: Attempted an homage to Geoff’s style with “A Tribute to Geoff LePard of TanGental.”
Friday, November 15: Winner of the Weekly Terribly Poetry Contest. Congratulations to Matt Snyder!
Saturday, November 16: Announced the 52nd Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest! Happy birthday to bad poetry!! The theme is BIRTH, and is the last contest of the year. PLEASE ENTER!
Sunday, November 17: “A Confusing Session,” in response to Carrot Ranch’s prompt.
Monday, November 18: Shared LA’s astute assessment of life and its responsibilities.
Tuesday, November 19: “Since the Bombs Fell: Five.”
Wednesday, November 20: Today.
I also posted a poem on my motherhood site, “Is There an Echo?”
Photo Credit: Michael Hart
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