Arts & Entertainment
What is it about The Princess Bride that Mormons love so much? The squeaky-clean humor? The undeniable romance? The R-O-U-S-es?
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Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what—oh wait. Let me try again. The Pwincess Bwide. The Pwincess Bwide is what bwings us togevvah today.
As a culture, that tongue-in-cheek statement is really quite accurate. Nearly every Mormon loves The Princess Bride, and if they don’t love it, they’ve at least seen it. And I openly confess: I love it more than most Mormons. I don’t even remember the first time I saw it, but I can guarantee that it was definitely before I graduated from Primary. I might not be able to quote the entire movie word for word—but I’m pretty darn close.
Bishops and counselors often pray long and hard over who they should call to serve in their wards. But what happens when, after your own prayer and counsel with the Lord, the answer you feel prompted to give is “no”?
It’s a word that can be extremely difficult to say, especially in a religion that often values service before self and expects a lot of its members. We don’t want to disappoint our leaders, and we especially don’t want to disappoint the Lord. Saying “no” feels like admitting we don’t trust the plan the Lord has in store for us, especially when we feel like we need to say no to an assignment as important as a Church calling.
Let me pause here and explain a little more about myself: I really struggle with children. I have a hard time interacting with them, and I have always dreaded a calling in the Primary. Being a young, active, LDS married woman, I know that getting called to the Primary isn’t a question of if, it’s a question of when. And when that day does come, answering “no” is an option I feel I need to at least consider, if only for the sake of my sanity and the sake of any potential future posterity I might one day decide to have.
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We recently shared Mormons & Hollywood: 5 Fun Facts, and it seems our readers couldn't get enough! Now we're back with 5 more fun facts that show how Church members have influenced the entertainment industry.
1. The Maze Runner, a science fiction novel written by LDS author James Dashner, will be released as a movie this year.
The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult dystopian science fiction trilogy written by Church member James Dashner. Here is a brief plot summary: