Mormon missionaries in Kansas are excited to be home from their missions. After all, they can finally catch up on all the Star Wars films they missed.
Kansas.com recently reported on local Mormon missionaries who recently returned home just in time to catch up on all the latest Star Wars films.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been away on their missions within the last 18 to 24 months missed out on such Star Wars films as “Rogue One,” “The Force Awakens” and “Last Jedi."
Now home, they can spend some time in a galaxy far, far away.
“It was almost worth the wait," said Brett Nelson, who served in the Tacoma, Washington Mission.
“It’s cool I get to come home from my mission and have a Star Wars experience,” Mallory Adams told Kansas.com. “It’s for everyone, all ages. It’s just creative.”
Adams said Mormons love Star Wars because of its family-friendly entertainment.
Cassie Daley, who served a mission in California, said she thinks Mormons love Star Wars because they see parallels between LDS beliefs and the force.
“(We) think that God is not just a creator of us and this world, but numerous worlds,” Daley said. “It’s cool that in Star Wars people live in the galaxies. … There’s so many cool themes going on that Mormons share with Star Wars, so we really relate to it and see those truths in a different light in a sci-fi kind of form.”
As The Boston Globe reported in 2009, Mormon believers tend to have an affinity for the fantasy and science fiction genres.
Shannon Hale, the author of "Princess Academy,” told the Globe that a lot of Mormon teachings connect with science fiction themes.
“I think Mormons believe a lot of things that are pretty fantastic - we believe in miracles and angels and ancient prophets and rediscovered Scripture - so maybe it is almost natural for us to dive into these other stories,” she said.
It’s no surprise then that the fantasy epic “Oathbringer,” written by LDS author Brandon Sanderson, topped the charts for Utah’s most-sold book in 2017, according to the Deseret News.Comment on this story
Sanderson told the Deseret News that his fantasy writing has offered him a chance to see other belief systems and become more comfortable with his own.
“So one of the things that being a writer has done and has influenced and informed my faith is by making me — driving me — to go look at how different people see the world; look at different belief systems, study them, ask myself ‘why do we believe what we believe?’; ask myself what the nature of belief is (and) why do I believe,” he said. “These sorts of things have been a really great experience, forcing yourself to dig down in your soul and ask yourself these hard questions.”