Sistas in Zion are voices of humor and faith on stereotypes, misconceptions and all things Mormon

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15 2013 9:10 a.m. MDT

“They’re incredibly fun,” Fox said in an email. “I was impressed with their personalities. They’re funny, but their topics and guests are also entertaining. It’s made for everyone, members and nonmembers.”

The Sistas relish the chance to interview their friends and “Mo-lebrities,” their term for Mormon celebrities.

“We already know guys like Jabari and Bryan. This gives us a chance to get all up in their business, find out what makes them tick and other cool things,” Vranes said.

The Sistas in Zion are occasionally asked to speak at Relief Society retreats, youth conferences and even firesides. They are also in the process of co-authoring a book that will offer insight into “finding what the Lord has for us in our everyday lives,” they said. A publication date has yet to be determined.

Missionaries

Ultimately, what it all boils down to is missionary work, Smith said.

"Every member is a missionary," Smith said, "And the gospel is for everybody."

The Sistas don’t get into doctrine very much. Rather, they want to appeal to people who want to know about the church in a non-traditional way. They also want to appeal to recent converts who feel a little out of place in a new LDS culture, like they did in their conversion process.

“Hey, you can take the good things from that world and marry them to the good things from this world,” Smith said. “You don’t have to give up your heritage.”

When people ask about polygamy, the Sistas acknowledge it.

“That happened, I don’t know why, but let me get you in touch with some people that can tell you,” Smith said. “It’s two guys. They have the information. They are going to personally deliver you a free blue book (The Book of Mormon). … Everyone loves free stuff.”

Speaking of missionary work, the Sistas joked about introducing a few celebrities to the church.

“It’s very helpful, like with Dale Murphy and Gladys Knight,” Vranes said. “I want the missionaries to baptize Taylor Swift so she can finally find a good boyfriend.”

“Yes, we want to help you, Taylor. We can find you a good, righteous, faithful man,” Smith said with a huge grin. “We also need a rapper. If we could get Jay-Z and Beyonce, oh my goodness. The missionaries need to do their job.”

“Yeah, right,” Vranes said, rolling her eyes.

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