There’s an image that keeps coming to mind–like a memory from the playground–of a kid running hard, then tripping and hitting the dirt, then picking themselves up and dusting off and checking for broken bones.
Now that the election is all over, is everyone doing okay out there?
Because that was a lot of stress on the world of Mormonism. As much as we’d like to think we’re public people totally comfortable being in public about our faith, truth is, I think we prefer a bit of privacy: lots of us prefer hanging out with other Mormons, people to whom we don’t have to explain all the tender and complicated bits. And for the last 18 months, there has been a good deal of searching attention directed our way from the friendly and curious to hard-hitting and even some downright mean.
And then there are the stresses a campaign can unleash inside a community–win or lose–people are people, and people take sides, sides they often feel very strongly about. Many Mormons invested a lot of heart and soul (not to mention time and cash) in one or the other side. And while some of us are pleased with the outcomes–it’s no secret I am an Obama supporter–others are quite disappointed. Including people I care about very much.
So let’s take a moment, beloved ones, and catch some breath and take stock.
How are we doing, in the post-Romney moment?
How did we come through as Mormons?
And how are we handling the aftermath?
I’m not looking for gnashing of teeth–though I know plenty of it is happening out there. Or judginess. Or meanness. Or mean victory dances. I’m looking for smart and compassionate descriptions and assessments of this moment in Mormon history.
What’s the good that has come of it? And where (and why) are we hurting?
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