I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly!

Tearful parents, a missing little boy and a shining silver balloon sailing against the magnificent backdrop of the Rocky Mountains— all so that mom and dad could get a little screentime.

And who can blame them? A near-tragedy that hits the national news these days is almost a guarantee for a tabloid cover, a book deal, maybe another shot at a reality show. Why should all the attention go to parents of sextuplets?

Well, I might blame them. A little.

Americans are obsessed with fame. YouTube, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, People, Star, The National Enquirer, blogs…. Mormons certainly aren’t immune to this national/international mania. We do, in fact, cultivate our own micro-celebrities of authors, General Authorities, crafters, singers and bloggers. Everyone seems to be for vying for their own place in the sun or eagerly following the lives of others. Both are spiritually damning.

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