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.
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.
@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.
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.
@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.
"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 "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.
Just checked in to see what negative things could possibly be said about looking
healthy and happy. Always someone to take that job.
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!
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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
It's a beautiful thing!
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.