Shall we stop picking on the CoJCoL-dS’s new publicity campaign? I would but it’s too funny!! The latest is that the Mormon Times is calling working women the “warts” of Mormonism (hat tip). Go read the article for yourself (in case I’m misreading it; Andrew S. gives them the benefit of the doubt), but in a nutshell, John Dehlin says that the ads showcase working women while the leaders teach the members that that’s not OK; Mormon Times responds that they’re not trying to show ideal Mormons, rather they’re showing ordinary Mormons warts and all. My advice to the CoJCoL-dS PR department? When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
But the real theme in Outer Blogness this week was exit stories and other personal anecdotes. A new Eric frames his deconversion around a famous quote from the Wizard of Oz. Lisa and Simply Sarah are sending in their resignation letters (or thinking about it). Lisa also notes the cross-religion parallels in conversion stories (kind of like some of the parallels Chino found). Michael Thelen seems to be wishing to exit too. That guy with the hair recounts his visit with the bishop. Ms. Jack tells PBS about her interfaith family. And Therese Doucet has an essay published in a literary journal.
In non-religion-related personal stories, Freckle-Face Girl is trying to decide whether to attend her HS reunion. Britta is going back to school too, and j-dog is thinking of transferring. Eliza explains how she survived BYU. PixelFish and her S.O. apparently enjoy cleaning (I’m throwing this one in as one of those “alternative viewpoints” that I don’t really get myself 😉 .) On the other end of the housekeeping spectrum, Louise has a chipmunk behind her stove (and her daughter swallowed a penny). And Ren tells a late-summer story in beautiful images.
All-in-all a fun week — thanks to the whole community!