Two well-known media stars are each citing the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as reasons for both their sunny positivity or gloomy negativity, depending upon whether you're listening to the former Mormon or the current Latter-day Saint.
In the wake of the stellar opening weekend of “Man of Steel," with the new Superman movie raking in nearly $200 million in international box-office receipts, Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane in the movie, is saying that even though she and her family left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was 11, she is still influenced by her Mormon upbringing.
“I grew up as a Mormon and that had more of an impact on my values than my beliefs,” she told British tabloid The Sun, according to Independent Woman.
“I’m very hard on myself anyway,” she said. “Religious guilt carries over, too. You can’t misbehave without feeling badly about it — at least, I can’t. Even when I go out with friends and we go overboard at bars or clubs, I wake up the next morning feeling a bit conflicted about having had too much fun.”
The Sun said that although Adams no longer follows the LDS Church’s rules (which the article said bans cigarettes, coffee, tea, drugs and sex before marriage), the actress “isn’t against the religion.”
“It provides a support system if you embrace it, despite all the controlling and guilting aspects of religion that I grew to resent,” Adams said. In fact, she says she thinks her characteristic “sunny disposition” probably came to her as a result of her upbringing in the church.
“What I still feel and rely on from that kind of teaching is how you can bring a lot of joy to the people around you by being positive and hopeful,” she said.
Interestingly, another media star with LDS connections, Glenn Beck, cites LDS teachings — specifically the Book of Mormon — as the foundation of his decidedly less “sunny” belief that Biblical “end times” are coming and “you better have your house in order.”
“I warn you we are in very dangerous times,” Beck told his national radio audience Friday, according to Michael Allen on the Opposing Views website. “We are living in biblical times.”
Beck, who joined the LDS Church in 1999, referenced the Book of Mormon, which he explained warns people to “watch for these things and you will know” when the end times are coming.
Toward the end of the Book of Mormon, he said, “It talks about how the enemies they were up against at that time were into cannibalism and they were eating people as a sign of bravery and courage." He compared that to a video he had seen of a Syrian rebel in one of “the groups that we are arming, stand on the battlefield and cut the chest open and take the beating heart out of a dead body and eat it.
“I’m sorry to say that I feel we are now at the place where you better have your house in order,” Beck said.