Monday, February 12, 2007

Now it's time for a little comedy...

Dave Alvord's latest post should make you laugh. That is, if you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If not, you might be really confused. Just for kicks, read it and tally how many you understand...

Dave's top ten



Truckbeard said...

Where do Mormon cows attend college?


Mark said...

To Whom it May Concern:

First of all, as a traditional Baptist, I was stunned after viewing a movie called "States of Grace." A friend of mine from Utah sent it to me for Christmas. In spite of everything I have come to learn about Mormonism, here is a movie – a Mormon movie nonetheless – that demonstrates a deep understanding of -- and longing for -- unconditional grace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In my opinion, it movingly depicts the power of God's healing love and redemptive grace that comes after a fall and repentance. It not only shows the heart of Christianity, but it convincingly challenges the stereotypes that many of us traditional Christians have of Mormons and their belief in only conditional grace.

Second of all, I love my country and the constitution it was founded upon. The only person I believe will stand up for those beliefs is Mitt Romney – a.k.a. The “Mormon Candidate.” I will say that it would have been hard to pull the lever for a Mormon until I had a few questions cleared up for me. I believe this movie can be a landmark film in presenting a view of the Mormon church and Mormon life that has never before made it to the big screen – answering simple questions such as polygamy (by far the funniest scene in the movie), interfaith relationships and Mormon beliefs concerning grace.

Many, and I do mean many, of the Mormon beliefs and doctrines I disagree with, but I don’t want a country ran by Pres. Clinton II, Obama, McCain or even Giuliani. I believe Gov. Romney is a Christian who shares my most important values. Now more than ever, we Christians need to pull together and I believe States of Grace can be that elusive element that brings us together. The movie is extremely thought-provoking and very educational for many in America who don’t know much beyond popular rumor about the faith of the man who just might be the next president. In short, this little film has the potential to actually shift and mold public opinion in a presidential campaign without being a political hatchet job like Fahrenheit 911. It should be required viewing for the entire Christian community.

My question is this – With all the stereotypes and misinformation out there about his beliefs, why hasn't anyone put this movie out there to help him? I would have to say I have never felt closer to Mormonism, and Christ's message of love, redemption, and hope, than after viewing States of Grace. You have a tool to answer the questions that would help me pull the lever for Gov. Romney, and you’re not using it.

I emailed “Evangelicals for Mitt” and they’ve never heard of the movie. I emailed a website called and they dismissed me. I found more information on this movie at

I hope you care enough to do something about this – or I’ll find a way to do it myself. I can't believe that a Baptist has to push a Mormon movie, but if thats what it takes, then that is what it takes. I just need help.

Your Brother in Christ,

Mark L.

Lynn said...

Very funny! I enjoyed the list and shared it with my family. They had a good laugh. Sometimes it is hard to read all the attacks on the church. So much misinformation out there about the church, and so many people openly condeming the church as 'too wierd' is tiring. A little comic relief is great. There is a mormon culture that even those of us living deep in baptist country are very connected to. By the way, there are signs from people I talk to here in Arkansas that show me that Mitt Romney is a viable choice for them. My family has lived here for 20 years and over the years many people have expressed to us that knowing us has given them a different idea of what they had always thought of 'mormonism'. In fact I find that when people get to know the high values and good morals that the LDS people have they welcome them into their lives. There is a lot of effort from some people to make members of our church seem strange and alien, but contact and friendship with members helps them see how false that is. I believe that as people get to know Mitt Romney they will be more comfortable with his religion. They will recognize his values and morals as being a valuable asset in a president.

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