Out of Mormonism by Judy Robertson
In this book Judy tells of her family’s experience joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then leaving the church to start the Concerned Christians Ministry.
What I liked
I liked that this was at least a half-memoir.
What I didn’t like
I read this book because it was fairly short and because I thought Judy was going to have this interesting story. I thought she was going to tell this train-wreck of a story about how awful her life in Mormonism was. She didn’t. Half of this book is basically a commercial for Concerned Christians, not concerned Christians in general, the group called Concerned Christians.
I know a lot of Mormons. Are there awful things that can happen in the church? You betcha. Are there things that need to be stopped? You betcha. Can it be weird to members of other churches? You betcha. Is it Satanic? No. Judy’s group actually claims that a church, about Jesus, and God, and going to heaven, and seeing your family as important, is Satanic. I kind of get the cult claim, kind of, but Satanic?
I want to roll my eyes so hard that they’d roll to the back of my head.
Look, if you don’t want to be a Mormon, don’t be a Mormon. It’s that simple. If you’re not a Mormon and someone asks you to consider joining the church, you can politely decline them. If you’re already a Mormon and you want to quit being a Mormon, quit. I actually believe there’s a website to that tune.
I’ve encountered some religious people who have put a very bad taste in my mouth for their whole religion, but did I go out and start an organization that had the sole purpose to publish material against their church? Nope, I did not, and you know what, a lot of people don’t do that. People are supposed to be able to worship however they want to in the United States as long as they’re not breaking laws. You want to worship a giant bagel? Go right ahead. May you find peace in your worship of the great Bagel. In the name of Cream Cheesus, Amen.
Judy does bring up some very valid points sometimes. Have spouses who have a spouse who left the LDS church been counseled to get divorces? Heck yes, should it have happened? Probably not. Should it still happen? Probably not. Even so, that’s not a reason to widely distribute information labeling people who are just trying to be closer to God as Satanists. I get being angry about this, but sometimes anger taken to an extreme, where you’re actively and vehemently proselytizing against the thing you’re angry at, can make you look like a woo-woo fruit loop.
I get being angry. I don’t get how extreme it became.
If you belonged to a religion that was a little strange to a lot of people and then you left because you disagreed with something, would you start a very vocal group to oppose this religion or would you just go on with your life and chalk the whole thing up as a learning experience?
Is the story cheapened by Judy’s promotion of her organization?
Princess Rosette-The Red Fairy Book
Once a princess named Rosette was born to a king and queen. A fairy foretold that Rosette would be the demise of her brothers. The queen went into the forest seeking advice from someone there about how to prevent this. She was told to build a tower and lock Rosette away in it forever. They built a tower for the princess, but went to see her always. The King and Queen both died and the oldest son became king. He decided to let the princess out, who took to a peacock right away. She also had a green dog named Frisk.
The King and his brother wanted to find a husband for their sister and they had heard about the King of Peacocks. They finally found this king and showed him the portrait of their sister, who was beautiful. The king said he would marry her, but the two brothers must stay in prison until she arrived. If she was not prettier than her portrait, he would have their heads cut off.
On the journey, the princess’s nurse and daughter conspired to take the princess’s place. They threw her overboard and dressed the daughter up in the princess’s clothes. When the king saw her, he got angry because this was not the princess he had seen. The two brothers begged seven days to prove their innocence.
Meanwhile, the princess had come ashore with the help of an old man. The man finally told the king about the princess, who was indeed as beautiful, or more so, than her portrait. Everyone came to an understanding and the princess and king were married.
What I liked
It’s nice that no one died. The Grimm’s tales can be very dark and bloody, but in this story no one ended up dead. They were adults about the whole thing and overlooked any wrong doing.
What I didn’t like
I’m tired of this women being valued only for their perceived beauty thing. Beautiful does not equal good, like in this story. In fact, beautiful can equal cruel or shallow or a terrible human being. The bad people in this story were portrayed as ugly and the good people were portrayed as beautiful. That’s not how real life works. Being beautiful does not make you good, nor does being good make you beautiful, unfortunately. Mother Teresa would have been a smoking, hot babe if this had been the case. Everyone would be clamoring to serve soup at soup kitchens if being good made you beautiful. “Good” is also subjective, so that’s a whole other argument there.
This princess had no traits other than she was beautiful that made her desirable wife material.
Dear little girls, if you’re beautiful, you too can marry a king. Don’t worry about Harvard or about becoming a mechanical engineer, just be beautiful. *gross*
How would you change this story to make it acceptable for young girls?
Do you think being good makes a person more appealing?