New Harmony: I like my Mormons sunny side up

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Feb. 17, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    If the guy in the cartoon was Mormon, why would he be in "hell" (the description of which in this cartoon doesn't match anything even remotely close to Mormon doctrine)?

    These kinds of stereotypes offend me, to a certain extent. Mormons are just like any other group of people: we have bad days, we get angry, we fight and argue, we make up, we move on with our lives. There is nothing about being Mormon that magically causes somebody to be stupidly happy all the time and mentally divorced from the sorrow of the world around them.

    It's true that faithful, active Latter-Day Saints indulge in less sinful behavior that for others contributes greatly to suffering and misery--and from the perspective of a person who is mired in sin, perhaps Mormons do appear happy all the time. But that simply is not the case.

    Latter-Day Saints fall short, struggle, make mistakes, and cry bitter tears the same as anyone else. We are human beings with problems just like those of everyone else. Our families are imperfect, our faith is imperfect, WE are imperfect beings. Stereotyping us in this manner only invites more persecution and ridicule.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    I think I'll rely on charity (1Cor, 13) rather than self certification.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Feb. 9, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    RE: SLCWatch, "But charity(s/b love)is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." Moroni 7:47.

    Which makes no sense.JS was unaware of the poor KJV translation of charity a latin word. I.e..1Cor 13(love chapter) in modern translations is Love=(Grk,agape).

    Saved from what or a who? The One from whom we need to be saved from is the very One who saves.

    Eph 2:3 gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath:

    (Romans 5:9-11)Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God&s Wrath through him! For if, while we were Gods enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.)

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    A comment seems to be full of joy for those in the "Saved" club and even more joyful for the plight of all those not so lucky who will be cast out into everlasting fire. We might want to notice that none of the surrounding scriptures mention "saved" but do mention those who are "rightous" through rightous works done out of charity and love rather than seeking recognition for their status. Matthew 25: 31-46
    I submit Christ's position is:
    "But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."

    I propose we work on the charity and leave it to Christ to declare us saved.

    Feb. 7, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Loved this article! When SLC hosted the Olympics, I had the opportunity to volunteer and the comment I heard most often was: "Are you people always this happy?" or "Do they make you smile?" Of course, I replied "Yes, we usually are happy and No, they didn't make us just comes naturally!" Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. So have a happy'll live longer.

  • ArizonaMormon Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:54 a.m.

    The problem with your approach is that you quote scriptures to us that we ourselves also believe in. So when you quote a scripture that warns us that some will have a place in the Kingdom of God and some won't, we simply nod in agreement. In the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 3:17) we read "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Sounds like we're in agreement.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Scott H,

    In a lot of the wards I've attended, even the happy hymns are sung like funeral dirges!

    We as Saints are a happy people, I think, but afraid to show it.

  • teecee logan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    Im crazy in love with article

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 5, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    Loved the article!

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    Enlightened might be applicable to both sunny and grouchy, as they are found among different personality types. Or how about "brightened" (as in brightened by hope)? Even the grouchy are less so due to the brightening light of truth.

  • Scott H Ogden, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Mormons have every reason to be the happiest people on the face of the earth, despite some that are perpetually dour. We do have our upbeat hymns. But we also have a handful of hymns scattered throughout the Prayer and Supplication section in the hymnbook that are so somber that I worry that they might promote suicidal thoughts.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    RE: When I say “Mormons,” what word comes to mind? Here’s my word: Sunny.

    When I say Christians(Born again) what word comes to my mind. “Saved”
    Vs, Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, … Mt 25:41.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    Thanks Jerry, this made me smile. I had two grandmothers, though, one was a convert to the Church, the other had the opportunity but never converted. My convert grandmother was pretty grouchy, mean, and scared the heck out of me. (Yes, she lived a very hard life and deserved to be grouchy.) The other grandmother also lived a difficult life but was one of the sweetest, funniest, lovely people to be around. There are about twelve baby girls in the extended family named after the second grandmother. So, sunny can be outside the church, too. But, I think the real reason for an upbeat attitude on life is a sure knowledge of an afterlife, better than anything here.