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A day in the Life of MEEEEEE

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Hello, my name is Grace Gauldin, and I’m a Latter-day Saint (Mormon). I’m actually a normal human being. What?! It doesn’t seem like it, but my life could be seen as kinda boring.

I asked some people what they’d like to know about my culture (I’ve also been eavesdropping on some conversations) and this is what I got:

 

  1. “Why don’t you drink coffee and tea?”

It has been advised by the church that coffee and tea are not useful substances to be putting into our bodies. We have a written set of statutes called the Word of Wisdom that were written by Joseph Smith in the beginning days of the church. The Word of Wisdom advises against using many substances such as: alcohol, tobacco, hot drinks (coffee and tea), and anything else that could become addictive or harmful to our bodies. And you might ask: Well, hot chocolate is hot, too! Why do you drink that? We don’t drink it every morning, and it’s probably lukewarm whenever we attempt to drink it. As Latter-day Saints, we believe that our bodies are a gift from God and we should treat them as such. That also means no tattoos or piercings-except for one piercing on each ear for women only.

 

  1. “I wanna have nine wives like the Mormons do… Right, bro?”

-In the 1800s, yes, the Latter-day Saints did practice polygamy. Oh, no! But, unfortunately, we haven’t practiced polygamy in over 100 years. It was once advised by the leaders of the Latter-day Saint church for the male members to marry more than one woman, so that the women of the church could have a house over their heads. The mobsters and the government were so busy killing off the Saints that they forgot to think that they might have had wives. The number of widows was so great that the best option, to provide for the women legally, was to practice polygamy. But that was only one side of it.

 

FUN FACT: Did you know that the government once made a decree (or something, can’t remember what it’s called) saying that “them Mormons” were free reign for any angry hunters?

 

  1. “Why do you go to seminary at six every morning?”

It is required by the Church to have a seminary diploma (graduate from a seminary class) if you want to go to a Latter-day Saint university like BYU, BYU-I, or BYU Hawaii. Depending on the teacher, seminary can start at any time. Out West, since there are so many Saints who live there, seminary is just a regular high school class. Here, where the LDS church is small, students must go to a designated learning place (we use my church-it’s that neat looking place next to Subway) at 6 or 6:30 every school morning. There, we learn about the gospel (bible study, I guess you could say) with a volunteer teacher who is a member in our ward. A ward is what we call the individual church buildings and their congregation within it. The church building next to Subway is the Prairie Grove Ward.

 

  1. “Can you listen to music and dance?”

I love music. (Stake= the center of each group of wards-when we say that there’s a Stake activity, we mean that people from all over the Northwest Arkansas area, the Prairie Grove Ward, there are several Fayetteville Wards, and many more that make up the Stake) Our Stake Center is a large(er) church building that is in Springdale and there are lots of dances and activities that go on there. We dance. We try not to twerk, but we dance. Awkwardly.

  1. “Do you guys worship Joseph Smith and Mormon instead of God?”

No. NO.

  1. “Are you even Christian?”

The formal name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yes, we do believe in Christ; therefore, we are Christians.

  1. “You know you’re going to hell, right?”

I really hope I’m not.

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