Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mormon Missionary Calendar-Maker Excommunicated

The creator of a calendar that featured shirtless Mormon missionaries was excommunicated Sunday after a disciplinary meeting with local church leaders in Las Vegas.

A calendar of shirtless, corn-fed Mormon boys? Genius.

I want to think this is a ploy by the Mormon Church to get more publicity for this calendar -- and thus more female converts -- but if I know stodgy old religious men, it is probably just more 18th century behavior and an unwillingness to understand good marketing.

And this is good marketing, for this calendar aims to show that being sexy and religious are not necessarily mutually exclusive, by chronicling not only the beefy results of biking and hiking door-to-door for the lord, but the backgrounds and missions of each calendar boy. For women fed up with men who don't think about anyone but themselves, having a guy who is purportedly intent on supporting his family AND worked with the Special Olympics or built wells in Africa can sound mighty enticing. Check out these Utah boys for yourself.

But goo, then there's reality: the LDS doctrines of women submitting to male authority -- of which the worst thing for me is only looking forward to churning out spirit baby after spirit baby in immortal death (which happens only if your husband can remember your name so you can actually enter heaven -- WTF?), after a mortal lifetime of churning out real babies and waiting on men. Takes the shine off moving to Utah real quick!

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Blogger Craig Knaak said...

Pretty funny

I wonder why these missionaries aren't wearing garments.

I don't think the creator of this calendar should have been excommunicated, though. It only goes to show you, however, just how stringent the control of the LDS church is over it's PR campaign.. which is basically it's #1 endeavor at this point, given the societal pressure to "relax" and conform to the less modest standards of our modern era.
Like any church, the LDS are in the middle of a crisis to maintain equilibrium without compromising it's values. With DNA evidence and other intellectual cards stacking up against them, the leaders are being hyper-vigilant in keeping the LDS self-image intact.

But, ta, I think it's kinda funny. But, Like Bill O'Reilly, you gotta draw the line somehwhere.

July 15, 2008 at 7:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

Haha, it's funny, the undergarment thing was the first thing Trevor mentioned too!

I was hoping you would give some insight. Cheers.

July 15, 2008 at 7:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Craig Knaak said...

You know, about the return missionaries my sisters married:

Chris has two masters degrees, and is going for a PHD. They live in England after a move from Australia. He works for EXXON building schematics for natural gas fields. They have two children.

Curtis works for a military/government contractor as a computer programmer. He also has a master and is going for a PHD. They live in Vista Ca. They have two children.

Return missionaries tend to be hyper-functional dudes.

July 16, 2008 at 9:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

Sounds like your siblings should do marketing for the LDS.

July 16, 2008 at 9:53:00 AM PDT  

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