The Church is the same everywhere--but in Hawaii, it's got a little extra culture thrown into the mix. Find out 5 things that are different about Hawaiian Church members and meetings.
Chances are you have heard someone utter the phrase: “the Church is the same everywhere.” I have traveled quite a bit and attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all over the world. In my experience, this statement is absolutely true. Also, completely false.
While the doctrine is the same, the lessons are taught from the same manuals, and the structure and organization is consistent, a strong local culture can’t help but influence (and in my opinion enhance) the worship experience. I can’t think of a better example of this than my home state of Hawaii. The Church is different there (also the same—am I confusing anyone yet?) In the spirit of celebrating the beautiful and unique place I was born, I give to you five ways the Church is different in Hawaii.
1. We don’t shake hands.
Okay, some people shake hands. There is not a weird “no one is to shake hands” rule. But in general, Hawaiians follow the Tommy Boy philosophy to life: “Brothers don’t shake hands, brothers hug.” I don’t currently live in Hawaii (sadly), so I love going back for visits and being reminded of the hugging culture. When I have brought friends to Hawaii and take them to Church with me, they always comment on how many strangers hugged them.
We asked you to tell us what your favorite temple is, and out of all 143 operating temples, one emerged the victor. It came down to the San Diego California Temple, the Salt Lake Temple, the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, and the Washington D.C. Temple. Drum roll please for the winner! Brrrrrrrrrrrum........
Salt Lake Temple wins it by 7% of the vote! Here’s the breakdown:
1. Salt Lake Temple (35%)
2. San Diego California Temple (28%)
3. Washington D.C. Temple (19%)
4. Nauvoo Illinois Temple (19%)
And it’s no surprise that this iconic temple has won the hearts of the Saints. Because of all the time and work the pioneers put into it, a healthy love for the Salt Lake Temple is instilled in many Mormons—no matter where they live. Here are some interesting things you may not have known about this beloved temple:
- The pioneers spent 40 years building their beloved temple, while three other temples were finished and dedicated before the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated.
-This temple was the first to have a standing angel Moroni on its spire. The angel stands 14 feet tall, with a steel rod extending down into the tower about 27 feet, where a 4,000 pound counterbalance keeps the statue standing strong against even the worst storms.
It's been said that Mormons would fare well in a post apocalyptic world, but we think that there's more to it than just food storage. See how Mormons will have a leg up on the competition if brain-eating zombies walked the streets.
1. We're survivors.
Virtually everyone in the Church has some affilation with scouting. Think about it--all the den mothers, Scout-Masters, scouts, moms of scouts--we're a survival force to be reckoned with! At a minimum, I've heard zombies are fascinated by square knots.
2. We're food hoarders (in a good way).
Our leaders have been telling us for years how important it is to have a one-year food supply stowed away in our basement. And while it may be hard to digest a bowl of macaroni and cheese while thinking about your neighbor-turned-zombie eating your brain, hey, it's still food.
3. Need shelter? We've got it!
Those large gym floors are going to come in handy for more than crazy basketball games every winter. Imagine if your house was overrun with flesh-eating zombies, you could go to the church. The doors lock tight, there's plenty of room, and think about all the time you will save walking to the chapel on Sundays! (The gym turns into the "great hall" a la Harry Potter and the classrooms become the dormitories.)
In an industry known for partying hard, "Mormon rock star" might seem like an oxymoron--but not for these Church members who are rocking the music scene! Check out these rock 'n' roll celebrities who are also LDS.
Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, is probably the hottest music phenom you've never heard of. In 2011 the New York Times declared the Grammy-nominated DJ/music producer the "new face of electronic dance music." This faithful Church member and father of three married his wife, Naomi, after serving his mission in Japan. Kaskade fills stadiums all over the world and commands a salary of more than $200,000 per night. Yes, you read that right.
Now that it’s summer, wedding season is in full swing! But it seems that at every LDS wedding, something goes amiss—lost temple recommends, missing bridesmaid dresses, toppled cakes—we've seen it all. We asked our Facebook followers to share some of your own wedding fiascoes, and their answers were just too funny not to share!
1. I was left at the temple. My brand new husband left me at the temple...to go to the luncheon. In his defense, he didn't know he was supposed to wait for me to finish getting dressed so we could go together! Apparently this was something we should have discussed beforehand. I hitched a ride over to our luncheon with my parents. It was awkward. –DaNae Slade
2. Our sealing was perfect! It was the next evening at our ring ceremony where there was an issue. On the other side of the door of our stake building's cultural hall was a dead body. Yep, you read that right. There was a casket on the other side of one of the doors. –Lisa Dougherty Wilde
3. I met my in-laws three days before the wedding. We had freak tornadoes come through, which took out all the power in our area. We had to call relatives to find places to get ready for the wedding, we almost forgot the wedding bands, we drove to Logan, Utah, for the wedding, then back to Blackfoot, Idaho, for a reception that we weren't even sure we could have because we didn't know if there was power, then back to Salt Lake City to catch a flight to Florida. We had to travel in a blizzard, and we missed our first flight. Then we got to Florida and I got sick. We ended up in the emergency room after one day at Epcot. –Tara Thomas Gates