September 30th, 2014, 7:54 am
Two Opportunities to Learn More
Some have already guessed that I and several of the characters in Aww, Feathers! are Mormon; that is, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was always my intention to share a bit of what it's like living in a town so full of us Mormons. My purpose isn't to get preachy, but rather to share the experience, maybe even spread a bit of understanding. I'm sure plenty about Mormon culture (especially Utah-Mormon culture) will seem different and even strange to those unfamiliar with it. We are an odd bunch after all! But from time to time you may even find ways in which we're rather alike.
On that note, I wanted to extend a couple invitations for other opportunities to learn more about this enigmatic group of people known as the Mormons. First, this weekend (Oct. 4th and 5th) there will be a special broadcast called General Conference. Twice a year the leaders of our Church address the public. Anyone can watch or listen live as they share teachings from the Church and wholesome counsel for good living. It's a great chance to see first hand what some of the things are we believe in, and you don't even have to go to a church building! To find out how to watch online, on TV, or the radio, visit https://www.lds.org/general-conference/how-to-view-live?lang=eng.
If a worldwide Mormon church meeting seems a bit intimidating, then how about a movie? The Church has been producing a film called Meet the Mormons. If I understand the story right, it was originally intended to only be played at a few visitors' info centers. But it's gained enough interest that it's going to be screened in a number of movie theaters around the country. I checked the list of locations where it will be shown and I was surprised. I didn't think a movie about the Mormons would attract much attention outside of Utah, but apparently I was mistaken! The film will be out on October 10th. Any profits from the film will be donated to charity; it's not about making money or gaining popularity, it's about spreading understanding. Find out more about the film, as well as where it will be playing at http://meetthemormons.com/.