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From Mormon Missionary to Mass Murderer

June 16th, 2011 by Adam G.

No, wait, sorry. Actual headline: From Mormon Missionary to MBA. Apparently, out of the tens of thousands of Mormon kids who go through the MTC, a few go on to be big lugs in the business world. Which tells us something or other, or perhaps nothing at all.

Can’t say I care much. I admire entrepeneurs, I guess, and have a kind of respect for power and success in any guise, but I’d rather see a headline that said From Mormon Missionary to Medal of Honor Winner. That’s an article I’d print out and shove in the local Reverend Father’s face before mooning him.

Or From Mormon Missionary to the Moon and Mars. That’s good too. At least, if the Mormon Missionary in question was Elder Me.

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June 16th, 2011 08:18:36
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Jettboy
June 16, 2011

You have pretty much expressed my thoughts on the subject. I am a proud Mormon and a conservative Capitalist, but what about the millions who are average? If there is any secret to our successes, its that we believe in hard work and to be the best that we can be. A mission is only part of the equation and doesn’t contribute to every facet of success or promise the same.


Adam Greenwood
June 16, 2011

Jettboy,

whatever its specific implementations, the American Dream has always been about offering ordinary levels of success and independence to the ordinary hard worker. The extraordinary stories are just a fillip. The Mormon Dream is just an intensificaton of the American Dream.

The headline that would make me proudest would be From Missionary to Playing Hide-and-Go-Seek in Your Yard with Your Kids by Moonlight in August. I’m not joking.


Jettboy
June 17, 2011

I actually think to a degree that has been a headline before under the Mormon Mommy Blogs label. Sadly, it isn’t so much when it comes to Mormon men. Part of that I believe is those who make news are in part anti-family. Its just not news that Mormons – or anyone – lives their life like expectations or normal.


Zen
June 17, 2011

While we would agree that no success can compensate for failure in the home, we should not use that to denigrate success elsewhere. Fact is, we should be doing more, not less – partly “because I have been much”.

It has been prophesied that some day we would have our own Shakespeares and other greats. But that is not going to happen without some effort on our parts. God gave us brains (and talents) and he expects us to use them…. and be good parents.

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