I think that far too often, being Mormon* gets a bad rap. Sure, we don’t do drugs, drink coffee or alcohol, have premarital sex or any of those things. But, how many people would agree that there were times that they over-indulged in all of those items in a not-so-harmless way?
There are a lot of amazing things about being Mormon. It’s not just my church, or my beliefs, but it’s a culture. There are words that no one else uses, there are phrases that are commonplace just amongst the LDS.
So, today’s favorite thing is how you can get a group of LDS people in a room and so often there are many languages and loves of other cultures that it’s amazing we’re all from the good ol’ USA.
My husband went on his mission to Korea (Seoul West, I think). He thinks of himself as 1/2 Korean. He loves kim-chee, he loves to speak the language and he knows lots about the country.
Go to another household and they may have gone to New Zealand or Africa or my brother went to Oakland, but he spoke Laotian so he got a whole appreciation for not only the diversity of Oakland (which might as well be a foreign mission if you’re coming from UT) but also the Laotian people.
I think that most people think of our church as a while Caucasian-centric church who doesn’t understand the world as a whole. But in reality we encompass the world. Our people have a love of other cultures and beliefs and languages. I know when the Olympics were in SLC it was great because there were SO many languages spoken that each country felt right at home with their translators and assistants.
Anyway, just one of my favorite things about being Mormon*. 🙂
*Our actual church name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but many people refer to us as Mormons… and while I probably shouldn’t I obviously like to live on the edge. 🙂