My whole life I’ve heard things like “I love the Mormon church but hate the Mormon culture”. What they are referring to is the cultural traditions in Utah that many times are equally popular in other places. For example, the cliche of green jello, funeral potatoes, scrapbooking and the Osmonds.
I don’t know if it is because of the ‘Mormon Moment’ but lately I feel like anything remotely connected with the church automatically becomes lame and uncool in certain people’s eyes. For example, the recent City Creek Shopping Center is looked down on by some purely because of the church’s involvement. If it was any other investor they wouldn’t give it a second thought. Another example- Mitt Romney mentions Etch-a-sketch and all of the sudden that is lame.
Its very annoying because sometimes I just want to be a cheesy Mormon and not care. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t want to have to defend everything I do or view. I like the culture and religion. Not everything but more often than not I like it. I’m done defending myself and my culture. If you don’t like it, don’t live here. There are plenty of other places to live.
I also do not believe there is anything more educated about being critical of one’s culture. In fact, it is equally easy to be heedlessly critical as it is to ignorantly follow. Most of these things do not matter in regards to faith or intellect but add a nuanced value to the quality of your life. They actually can make you a more interesting and colorful person.
So here goes- I love living in Utah, blogging, temple work, Utah symphony and opera, family home evenings, tabernacle choir, crockpots, book clubs, pinterest, acapella music, funeral potatoes, food storage, Hawaii, Polynesian Cultural Center, Brandon Flowers, journals, stay-at-home Moms, Gladys Knight, sherbet punch, service projects, frozen yogurt, eternal marriage, most Mormon authors, family history, pioneers, big families, republicans, homeschooling, Hallmark movies, David Archuleta, live theater, watching dancing like the BYU Ballroom dance, BYU Volleyball (pretty much anything associated with BYU I like), Jimmer, general authorities, volunteering, CTR rings, Church History sites, Utah Olympics, Mitt Romney, firesides, General Conference, missionaries, and all versions of BYU.
I get excited when I stay at a Marriott hotel and see a Book of Mormon. I smile and wave whenever I see a missionary. I get excited when I see a Mormon has done well in business or any other field. I like that Mormon’s help each other move and are quick to bring a meal to a friend.
Some people are just critical of anything because its associated with Utah or the Church. I think that is lame. Oh well!
I am a cheesy Mormon- Deal with it!
(Btw, this is my 400th blog post. Pretty amazing!)