• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Mormonad—Be Big

Mormonad—Be Big, Don't BelittleI rather like the Mormonad in the New Era this month. Its message is one that I wish more people (not just teenagers) would take to heart. The picture in the Mormonad shows a young boy and a teenage boy walking off of a soccer field. Presumably the younger boy has lost the game or played badly, but the older boy is putting his arm on the younger boy’s shoulder to comfort him rather than ridicule him.

Far too often we see people putting others down in order to build themselves up or just to be mean. There seems to be an entire genre of humor centered around clever, sardonic ridicule, and much of the Internet seems to thrive on it. I suppose politicians and other public figures are fair game (they asked for it, right?), but we should be aware of how our put-downs actually diminish our own stature.

For a good article on this topic, read “Is Anyone Laughing” in last February’s New Era.

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Those Subversive Mormonads

A while back I read one blogger’s thoughts about Mormonads, and I rather believe he hit the nail on the head. He said, for instance, that “Mormonads pursue the subversion of the world. They remake it in their own image, and infuse its symbols with their own (sometimes very different) meanings. They are defiantly stodgy, unhip, and wholesome.” These are among the things that contribute to what he referred to as their “weird and transcendent genius.”
March 2008 Mormonad
I would simply like to offer this month’s Mormonad in the New Era as a good example of what this blogger, Matt B., was talking about. I can see it being universally labeled “lame” and yet still being put up on some teenage girl’s wall with absolute sincerity and belief in its message. What do you think?