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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

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Clint2
Lake Worth, FL

Don't you think the ad should read "I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" in General Conference we were told to refer to the Church by its name not its nick name.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

It's a beautiful thing!

CVgal
Smithfield, UT

To Clint2: They also said in Conference that there were things already in motion and in the works that would probably stay "Mormon." Not everything can change. Please don't be so rigid. I think our leaders know best!

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'I think our leaders know best!' - CVgal | 8:57 a.m. Nov. 9, 2011

Question. Everything.

'Mormon faces can be found everywhere' - Title

I have no issue with this.

I do find the irony that every Pride, people compalin about LGBT being all 'in your face' about it.

Clarissa
Layton, UT

Oh Dear, Pagan, you certainly like to stir the pot. I disagree with just about everything you post. You definitely like to be negative, but I am thrilled that 'Mormon Faces Can Be Found Everywhere.' Great article and so uplifting.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

Though I'm not a Mormon, I must have a Mormon face too, because I'm often told how fresh, trusting, alert and warm my face and personality are. As opposed, I guess, to the cynicism, weariness, wariness and distrust of so many faces and personalities in our secular culture.

Still, no one can say to me, "You must be a Mormon." Why? Because I'm gay, I believe that my Creator meant me to be that way, and I have no intention of living in celibacy. For I know that healthy, loving sex (I won't partake of any other) is one of the joys I was meant to have in this mortal existence.

Bottom line: though Mormonism produces many, many "Mormon faces," it has no copyright on that face. I'm living proof of it.

ciaobello
Concord, CA

That's a unique twist on investigating the Church. I had trouble uploading my picture for a year but finally am part of the face of the Church now.

IndependentLiberal
Salt Lake City, UT

WOW, I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this article. Given the age old stereo-typing of various ethnicities, cultures, religions, both good and bad, Mormons being fresh faced and having a trusting countenance, is simply perpetuating the pattern of stereo-typing and hasty generalizations associated with a belief system, all fallacies of logic.
I would rebut with the more sensible English idioms of You Cant Judge a Book by Its Cover or, All That Glitters is Not Gold!

JRJ
Pocatello, ID

Just checked in to see what negative things could possibly be said about looking healthy and happy. Always someone to take that job.

crunchem
Cedar City, Utah

@Free Agency "Still, no one can say to me, "You must be a Mormon." Why? Because I'm gay, I believe that my Creator meant me to be that way, and I have no intention of living in celibacy. For I know that healthy, loving sex (I won't partake of any other) is one of the joys I was meant to have in this mortal existence.
Bottom line: though Mormonism produces many, many "Mormon faces," it has no copyright on that face. I'm living proof of it."

Of course someone can say "you must be a Mormon" if in their mind you "look" like one. Oh, and you can be a Mormon and gay, there are just some things you can do and some things you can't do. We all know what that list looks like. I mean, geesh, I've stayed away from lots of things that I feel I was "born that way" to love, because I choose to. I'm sure the burden of my lust for drugs and alcohol came from God, but I've been sober for 16 yrs and running because I choose daily to give up those things for something better.

J-TX
Allen, TX

"it's always fresh, alert, trusting and warm" unless it's tired, groggy, cynical and standoffish.

Perpetuating a stereotype is always wrong.

While I am LDS, and I like to hope that everyone is on a path to allow the Holy Ghost to shine through their countenance, the simple truth is, it ain't always so.

Some struggle with depression. Some have 5 small kids sapping the strength out of them. Some are sleeping 4 hours a night, working on a Doctorla Thesis. Some are single parents working 2 jobs. Some are unemployed, living again with their parents or their children. Some live in oppressive regimes, fearing for their lives on a daily basis.

I am sure, and hope that all of these saints have moments of respite when they are calmed by the comforter, buoyed up by the Savior, and slip on a "Mormon" face for as long as they can hold onto it before being dragged back into the reality of their adversity.

But again, to perpetuate any stereotype is wrong.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

@crunchem, You have no idea how offensive it is to gays to have our sexuality equated with unhealthy addictions like drugs and alcohol. I've known so many brother and sister gays who are in deeply loving relationships, and their sexuality is one of the very vital ways (though not the only one) in which they express that love.

Sound familiar? Yes, that's exactly how Mormonism values sex in a straight marriage. Well, despite what you see in the media, there are really many gays who express their love the same way that healthy straight people do. Again, this is *not* even remotely comparable to drug and alcohol addiction.

And for the Mormon Church to say, we accept gays as long as they're celibate is like saying we accept violinists, just don't ever play a violin again.

Scotwright
SANFORD, NC

Many years ago, shortly after becoming Members of the LDS church we took my 4 year old son to the emergency room. While sitting there I couldn't help notice a young lady who was animated, intelligent, with the brightest eyes I had ever seen. I told my wife that this girl looks like a Mormon. A couple of weeks later we were filing past members of the other Ward and there she was. I did not speak to her and don't know her name but her warm spirit was something you could see. I wish everybody had that same spirit. The world would be a better place.

cj2018
KUTZTOWN, PA

@Clint2 - Adding to the prior comment about the website name, "I'm a Mormon," it was also explained that in some cases, they would continue to use the term "Mormon" rather than the full name of the Church because this is what people are used to hearing and would be, therefore, more likely to use that name when looking for information on the Church.

@FreeAgency - I am a Mormon and want to apologize on behalf of others like myself who don't equate a gay/lesbian lifestyle with addictive behaviors. I do, however, feel there is a choice in how one acts on those attractions. I have gay friends in the LDS Church who are fully active because they choose to stay celibate. I am single and straight, but I also have made the choice to stay celibate, and I am active in the Church. No other person can tell us how we should live. Only God can and does. I know that it's probably hurtful to read these words, and I've probably made both sides angry, but there it is. As children of God, we all bear the face of God. That is what really matters and makes us all beautiful.

IamMe
DRAPER, UT

Wow! So glad there is a forum for commenting on articles these days. I am LDS for reasons I wont go into. But I do have many issues with the assumptions of some of the members. This is what Mormonism can do to a person make them insensitive to anyone who is not Mormon. I bristled at this article on so many levels. Mormons do not corner the fresh face market. It is unspeakably arrogant and irresponsible to allude that they do, even in jest, or because they lack anything better to write about.

IamMe
DRAPER, UT

The following except was the worst: The problem is that gung-ho missionaries think every face looks like a potential Mormon face even the faces of motorcycle gang leaders. Motorcycle gang leaders are some of the nicest, most caring people. But lets perpetuate yet another stereotype shall we? And lets use a stereotype from the 60s. Yes, Im aware that the writer might have been attempting to make the point that some young, enthusiastic missionaries might get themselves into trouble by approaching the wrong person, a person who is actually not very nice. But when you generalize it for the sake of making interesting commentary, and you use a certain group of people as a means of describing the wrong kind of people, you are going to get some backlash.
This comment is not going out to all Mormons, its going out to the author of the article. and the people who think like him.
I am me, and Im a Mormon.

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