I wasn't going to blog again this morning, but I just ran across this Mormon etiquette video... I had to share it with all my readers, especially Alexis!
Notice how fixated the narrator is on the sister mishies keeping their legs together. I'm surprised she didn't recommend putting an aspirin between the knees.
I see this video was made in 1994, which was the year I graduated college. The fashions from that time period were pretty hideous. But all of these women look white and delightsome and no doubt were successful in winning hearts and minds to the LDS church. Kellyanne Conway should take a memo.
This video is pretty funny, but it's also a bit fucked up. They are way too fixated on keeping the ladies docile and well-behaved, not showing off their goodies. I probably wouldn't have lasted long if I had been a sister missionary.
And another one about hygiene and grooming... This one also addresses the guys.
After I watched the videos, I found another one... This one is actually very sad. Here's this well-spoken beautiful young woman talking about having to be sent home early from her mission.
I know this was a big deal for her...
I actually feel kind of angry for her, though. Because I can see that she's very traumatized by this experience. It's hard enough becoming an adult without having to deal with this kind of shame. She spent four months on a mission and she broke. She worries about facing her friends and family instead of her own mental health, which obviously took a beating during those four months.
I know she believes in the church and that's why this is so traumatic for her. She wanted to be one of the ones who succeeded. But really, there's so much out there in the world. It grieves me that she's so distraught over not finishing those months as a missionary.
Here she talks about being home after being released. It sounds like she really blames herself for "failing".
I see these are fairly recent videos. I hope she's feeling better now.
Although Peace Corps service isn't a Mormon mission, I actually felt a little sad after I left the Peace Corps. When I got home to Virginia, I missed the Peace Corps life and my friends. And I managed to finish those 27 months... they had nothing to do with "serving God". I just felt out of sorts and at loose ends. I imagine that must be how this lady feels. There's this big build up to going somewhere new and facing a challenge. If you aren't successful, it can be devastating.