Sunday, October 2, 2011

#2: A wee bit about me.

As I mentioned before (and as the non-wookiee part of my blog name would suggest), I'm a Mormon (also known as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).  Always have been.  Always will be.  Being a Mormon is fantastic.  Now I know you may be thinking, "Pffffff. Being a Mormon is lame.  You guys don't drink, you don't have pre-marital sex, and you have to go to church every single week.  That doesn't sound so fantastic to me.  I'd rather be sailing."

Well, before you go sailing, I want you to hear me out.  Here are five of the reasons why being a Mormon is fantastic.

#1 reason why being a Mormon is fantastic:  Jesus Christ lives and leads this Church.  He is my Savior.  He is your Savior.  He is our perfect example and greatest friend.  My strongest desire is to live with Him again someday, and because of what He did for me, I really can.

"Divine Redeemer" by Simon Dewey
#2 reason why being a Mormon is fantastic: We have a prophet on earth today, President Thomas S. Monson.  President Monson may be 84 years-old, but he's sharp as a tack.  He is literally Christ's representative on the earth.  He knows exactly what guidance the world needs.  I love and admire President Monson, and I know that he lives what he preaches.  Case in point, a few years ago, I had major lung surgery.  Guess who came to visit me, despite his busy schedule?  Yup, President Monson.  He has 13 million other members of the Church to worry about, but he took the time to come and visit me.  I gladly proclaim, "We thank thee, O God, for a prophet" (LDS Hymns, 19).
President Thomas S. Monson
President Monson visiting me when I was sick as a dog.
#3 reason why being a Mormon is fantastic:  I'm married to this little lady, Diane.  Diane is a Mormon.  And she's a hot Mormon.  Odds are that I wouldn't have met her and she wouldn't have married me if I wasn't a Mormon too.  That should be reason enough for any sane guy.

Diane is the best wife in the world.
#4 reason why being a Mormon is fantastic:  I'm the happiest guy in the world.  Being a Mormon makes you happy.  As I mentioned above, we have commandments we try to live by (like not smoking, paying tithing, and using our time wisely to serve our fellowman).  Some people may view these commandments as being restrictions, intended to suck the joy out of life like a mosquito at the beach.  Well, I see the commandments with an entirely different perspective.  The more we obey the commandments, the more we will be free from addicting and harmful behaviors.  The more we are free from addicting and harmful behaviors, the more we will be in-tune to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  The more we are in-tune to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, the more peace and comfort we will feel.  The more peace and comfort we feel, the happier we will be.  See?  It makes sense.

#5 reason why being a Mormon is fantastic:  Being a Mormon is like being a Jedi.  Let me build the analogy first.  In order to be a Jedi you have to sacrifice and obey strict Jedi-type laws, but as a result, you get to carry a lightsaber, you can enjoy performing mind tricks on stormtroopers, and you can move things around just by waving your hands.  Now you may say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Sith get to do those same things and they are totally evil."  Well, that's true.  BUT have things ever worked out in the long run for a Sith?  Palpetine was wrinkly and got thrown off a cliff by his best man, Vader had no real limbs and had worse lungs than I do, and Darth Maul is "halfing" a bad day.  Clearly, being a Jedi is the way to go.  Now, what does this have to do with being a Mormon?  Well, Mormon's also have to sacrifice and obey the commandments, but as a result, they are blessed with peace, happiness, and hope for the future (and maybe a lightsaber if they know where to find one).

Until next time....stay righteous, my friends.


  1. Great blog Steve! Thank you for sharing your testimony and for being a great example :) T-Wil

  2. Awesome. I'm excited for the next post where you explain why being a wookiee is awesome.

  3. I especially agree with Number 3! Diane is wonderful and a great reason to be a member! :) Great post, Steve!

  4. Very cool, I like the "Jedi" analogy. (I'm probably going to use that if you don't mind)

  5. I love it! I'm so proud that you are my brother! I love you!

  6. These are definitely great reasons to be Mormon! Love this.

  7. She is cute! Indeed! Definitely worth being a Mormon right there! :)