Everyone was doing it

Regular readers will recall that I am trying to collect all entries from the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the entries I’ve collected here.

Everyone was doing it.

Mormons will quickly recognize the photo as a typical lds baptism. I have seen very similar fonts in chapels of many different denominations, but the white jumpsuits, combined with the hand positions give this photo away as exclusively Mormon. The caption “Everyone was doing it” is unfortunate, yet completely understandable.

Mormon Friends, Gay Friends

Regular readers will recall that I am trying to collect all entries from the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the entries I’ve collected here.

I honestly believe my Mormon friends would be more accepting of my homosexuality than my gay friends would be of my Mormonism.

Depends on who your friends are, of course, but this is totally believable.

Are Mormons Cheap?

Huzzah! A couple new questions in the inbox! Both are anonymous.

First question:

Can you find the postsecret with a picture of the SLC temple with the words “I am so afraid God is sexist” or something of that nature written across the front and post it? I saw it in a postsecret book confessions on life, death and God a few years ago. One of my favorite LDS postsecrets.

It sounds like a good secret. I don’t have the book, but if someone sends me a scan, I’d love to add it to the collection.

Second question:

What is your theory on why Mormons are so cheap?
-a sometimes cheap mormon

It’s because Mormons deeply believe in avoiding all forms of consumerist society.

eh, wait… no, that might not be it

It’s because they have so many babies.

No, for real, though. Are Mormons any cheaper than everyone else? I dunno. Maybe after they pay 10% of their money to the church as tithing they don’t have as much money left for discretionary spending as other people. Maybe they just look cheap because they never have bar tabs to pay. Or maybe it’s really the babies. Or maybe because a good portion are single-income families. Actually, I think there really is something to the anti-consumerism idea.

What do you think readers? Are Mormons cheap? If so, why?

Any More Questions?
Ask Me Anything!!!

Secret Boyfriend

Regular readers will recall that I am trying to collect all entries in the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see the other Secrets I’ve collected here. If you have any entries that are not in my collection, please let me know.

I've been out of the closet for years, but I have to keep my boyfriend a Secret because he's a BYU student.

 

I Hate this City

Regular readers will recall that I’m trying to collect all entries in the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the secrets I’ve collected here.

This secret appeared in the latest installment of PostSecrets:

I love being a mormon... But I Hate this city (Salt Lake City UTAH)

My question: does the author live in SLC, or do they hate it from somewhere else?

I’ve always liked Salt Lake City, but, of course, I’ve never lived there.

If you know of any other secretes not in my collection, please let me know.

Lost Faith at BYU

Regular readers will recall that I’m trying to collect all entries in the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the secrets I’ve collected here.

A reader supplied the following secret, which is at least as old as 2006, but which I didn’t have in my collection. If you know of any others, please send them along.

this is where i lost my faith

The image is of the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, UT.

I really like this secret.

Sacrifice a waste

Regular readers will recall that I am trying to collect all entries from PostSecret that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the secrets I’ve collected here.

Sometimes I feel as if all this sacrifice was nothing but a waste.. maybe it's the church I attend, or maybe it's the world i live in... but all i can think is wow....... Jesus must be Pissed!!

I’m not sure if this totally meets the requirements of explicitly referencing Mormonism, but there are a few clues that this secret is referencing Mormonism. The big giveaway, of course, is that the background text on the right half of the postcard is from “Lesson 22: The Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Primary 3: Choose the Right B, (1994),103.

The image is pretty Mormon as well. I don’t know if it’s an exclusively Mormon image (probably one of y’all can tell me). Many Christian faiths appreciate the Garden of Gethsemane scene, but Mormons tend to depict it more (artists of other faiths tend to depict the cross scene more than Mormons).

As for the secret itself, it doesn’t really resonate with me. I can appreciate the idea of pondering how deity feels about our actions, but I admit that I don’t totally understand what the author meant by “maybe it’s the church I attend (assuming s/he was referring to the LDS church).

What do you think?

Not Against Gay Rights

Regular readers will recall that I am collecting all entries in the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism or the LDS Church. You can see the rest of the entries I’ve collected here.

The newest entry is disappointing for several reasons.

I'm Mormon... and im NOT against gay rights.

1. It’s not really a statement about anything. This person is “not against” gay rights perhaps in the same sense that I’m “not against” macramé.

2. Which gay rights are we talking about? All card carrying Mormons say they support [edit: some] gay rights.

3. Even beyond playing semantics with this one, it’s disappointing that the author of this card thinks this needs to be a secret. Plenty of  Mormons are openly supporting gay marriage.

This secret is a dud. Enough Milk already. I’m ready for some Meat!

Holy Underwear

Regular readers will recall that I am archiving all entries from the wonderful PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism in some way. The following postcard appeared in today’s batch of secrets:

Front

Back

I’m a little disappointed in the lack of creativity in this Secret. The postcard artwork is generic and decidedly not Mormon. Also, it’s hardly a secret to wonder if Mormons are wearing their “Holy Underwear.” It’s a favorite pastime among Mormons themselves to see if other Mormons are wearing the underwear (because if they’re not, NAUGHTY NAUGHTY). I generally assume when I meet someone new and they find out that I’m Mormon that they’re wondering whether or not I’m wearing garments.

You can see all the LDS Postsecrets I’ve collected here.

How about you? If you’re not LDS, when you meet a Mormon, do you try and figure out if they’re wearing “Holy Underwear”?

Future Missionary

Regular readers will recall that I am trying to collect all secrets from the PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism. You can see all the installments here.

For those not familiar with LDS culture, this secret shows a picture of a “future missionary” nametag (it’s a real thing). It looks just like the tags worn by all LDS missionaries, except instead of the individual’s name it just says “future missionary”. It’s just a little gimmick tag worn by kids. Teenagers, generally, don’t wear them, because the tags are stupid.

future-missionary

I don't know if I will be able to stay good forever

My impression is that this Secret was created by a teenager who is unsure about whether he or she will be able to “stay good” long enough to be permitted to serve an LDS mission.