Latter-day Saint Life

What I Learned from Being a 'Peculiar Mormon' at Sundance Film Festival

“You’re Mormon? You don’t look Mormon. How Mormon are you?”

The Sundance volunteer’s question caught me off guard. As a native Los Angelena, I’m most comfortable being the rare Latter-day Saint among “Gentiles,” and I’m never one to hide my beliefs under a proverbial bushel. Even if my style helped me blend into the crowd during Sundance Film Festival last week, my local status made me stick out like a sore thumb — I might as well have had “Mormon” tattooed on my forehead! After two weeks of off-the-wall questions about my religion and many fish-out-of-water moments, I’ve gained a renewed appreciation for Latter-day Saints’ standing as “a peculiar people.”

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