Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Meet the Mormons

The Articles of Faith of Mormon Culture

I swiped this from my sister's blog and had a good laugh over it. I've always said there is the LDS Gospel and then there is the LDS culture and often one has nothing to do with the other. This, however, brings it all together.

1. We believe in SUVs and minivans as the form of transportation, and in knee length shorts, which are always nice, and in the multilevel marketing.

2. We believe that church ball players should be punished for their own fouls, and not for unsportsmanlike aggression.

3. We believe that through bread crumbs, cheese, creamy soups, and rice, all casseroles can be saved through obedience to ward cookbooks and creativity in the mixing bowl.

4. We believe that the first layers and ingredients of the Dip are: first, beans; second, cheese; third, chopped tomatoes; fourth, the gift of sour cream; fifth, olives; sixth, salsa; seventh, guacamole, that is, if you have it.

5. We believe that a Mormon should have a distinguished or a cute name, that it is appropriate to name a child after a church leader or a historical figure including an ancestor, that alternative spellings and French prefixes only add to a name, and that when referring to the names of General Authorities, middle initials should be a part thereof.

6. We believe in the same wall decor that exists in many Mormon homes, namely, framed family proclamations, vinyl lettering, inspirational word signs, family photos, pictures of temples and Jesus, and so forth.

7. We believe in the gift of the re-gift, church books, crafts, family photos, baked goods, emergency supply kits, and so forth.

8. We believe in sparkling grape juice so long as it is nonalcoholic; we also believe in bringing root beer and sprite to ward parties.

9. We believe in all that we have scrapbooked, all that we will now scrapbook, and we believe that we will yet scrapbook many great and important things pertaining to our family, friends, pets, and vacations.

10. We believe in the literal mixing of ketchup and mayo and in the generous application of ranch dressing; that CBAs (church-based acronyms) will be used to describe YM/YW, PEC, the Y, NCMO, and CTR; that Mitt Romney will get Mormons to vote for him any time he runs; and, that the Mormons will enjoy reading Twilight and The Work and the Glory.

11. We claim the privilege of trying to identify common acquaintances with any visitor at church, and
allow all other people at church the same privilege, and let them name drop the names of Famous and general authorities how, where, or what they may.

12. We believe in being subject to scoutmasters, pampered chef hostesses, and the writers of the
U.S. News and World Report Rankings for professional schools, and in obeying, honoring, and sustaining Glenn Beck.

13. We believe in being above average, good at crafts, optimistic, and being fifteen minutes late everywhere we go. Indeed, we may say that we follow BYU football. We believe rumors about famous people joining the church, we hope to meet the three Nephites, we have endured many pyramid schemes, and hope to be able to endure all pyramid schemes. If there is anything cheap, free, sold in bulk, or given away when somebody is moving, we seek after these things.


Emily said...

I got this in email form-so funny! I love the 13th one, multi-level marketing schemes-HA!

Dial Family said...

Nate and I were laughing so hard!! That is so funny... YOu have been so busy. Either that, or I just haven't been checking as faithfully as I used to. William is getting so big and just as handsome as ever!! I remember when he was just a baby!! I cannot believe how fast time flies!! Heidi, you are looking amazing and I bet feeling so much better. Loved the pix of Sean's farewell. What a tribute. Taht HAD to make him feel so good. Loved seeing the pix of the pumpkin farm. I love a good fun pumpkin patch day.

Delee said...

You always make me giggle!

Sara said...

That is seriously funny...probably because it is so true!!! :)

Slocums said...

That is hilarious. Especially number 11 - You may not remember me, I am Ray and Rhonda Nelson's oldest daughter - I am now in your Aunt's ward in Yuba City and she very often mentions that you were in the same ward as Wally Herger.