Arts & Entertainment
Few movies capture LDS singlehood as well as The Singles Ward. Here are 11 moments from the film that depict the average life in a singles ward.
In 2002, HaleStorm entertainment released a film that would become such a part of LDS culture that it would spark a whole line of movies about LDS life and the struggles of being a peculiar people. The film that started it all was The Singles Ward.
Following the story of Jonathan Jordan and his friends in their local singles ward, the movie showcases all the struggles of being single, ranging from the elaborate schemes people go through in order to ask each other out, to the insane way in which some people seem to get engaged immediately after meeting each other. The awkwardness, joy, and hilarity of this time of life are all captured on film.
Despite being released 13 years ago, The Singles Ward still makes us laugh because of how true some moments of singlehood are.
1. When you know how awkward this moment is
2. When you sympathize with this guy
3. When you see your ward crush at a really bad time
In an age when trash is available at the click of a button, a few Mormon YouTubers are on the front lines, fighting filth with their faith and talents. Find out what makes these Mormon-made YouTube channels stand out and why their faithful creators are so popular not only among Latter-day Saints but the world at large.
Most family nights aren't complete without a game! Check out some of these fun, well-known games with a little Mormon culture thrown in.
How many of these fun Mormon spin-offs of popular games have you played? Let us know which ones we missed by commenting below!
Note: Photos retrieved from deseretbook.com or boardgamegeek.com unless otherwise indicated.
Book of Mormon Chess
It's Nephites against Lamanites in this scriptural version of an old classic! A great way to incorporate scripture discussions into the timeless game of chess.
The "Mormon moment" launched the LDS religion into the spotlight in recent years. Sometimes it was flattering—sometimes it was not. Check out these six documentaries about Mormons trying to let their light so shine. From a rock star convert to a presidential candidate, you’ll love these fascinating Mormon documentaries.
With unprecedented access, this documentary tracks Romney from his first effort to win the Republican nomination in 2006 up through the 2012 elections. It reveals the "man behind the sound bites" in an authentic view the public rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign. See how one Mormon family pulled together to support one another during years of an emotional rollercoaster.
Mark Twain's report of Salt Lake City was less than kind. But did you know he was a well-known satirical writer? And that he wrote about his visit five years after the fact?
Mark Twain—author of popular classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—was celebrated in his New York Time obituary as the “greatest American humorist of his age.”
On June 8, 1867, the “father of American literature” set sail on the pleasure cruiser Quaker City for a five month trip through Europe and the Middle East. His record of that trip turned into one of his earliest works, a lampoon of the people and customs of the region titled The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrim’s Progress—proof that he was an equal-opportunity satirist who could find humor in just about everything (and everyone).
The Saints had gathered to Zion partly so they could be in a location remote enough that they could be left in peace to practice their religion. But that remoteness also encouraged the area to become “a gathering place and focal point for a myriad of jokes, myths, and distortions which would long go uncorrected.” As former LDS Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington believed, the well-attended public lectures and writings of eminent 19th century humorists—among them, Mark Twain—probably did much to influence national attitudes and, consequently, national policies regarding the Mormons.