While I can see that Joseph Smith's made up religion has become a horrendous monstrosity which threatens the eternal salvation of millions of otherwise well meaning and earnest followers, placing them in the bondage of devious works-based religion, which combines elements of witchcraft/Masonry and pure fantasy from the mind of the lascivious charlatan who founded it . . . there are some general qualities that the people themselves have which . . . are admirable. They work hard, generally . . . are quick to help out in tragedies, local or global . . .
. They are, like the bee logo they employ, industrious and creative . . . and I do appreciate the dry, sort of "gallows" sense of humor that runs through the community. Sometimes it verges into the sarcastic and mean, and I admit to having this same kind of tone as well sometimes, brought up in the L.D.S. community . . . but also, a lot of the times, they are just plain silly and funny and love a good laugh and practical joke. Fundamentally, my arguments against Mormonism, are directed at the terrible doctrine and obfuscation and outright lies that the church too much advances . . . while claiming to be "Christian" . . . . The people, I pity . . . and, having many family members caught in the web of deceit, who I love as family . . . I am concerned for them and pray that they would wake up and see the danger to their souls in following the gospel of Joseph Smith, instead praying they find the real Jesus and relationship with Him, enlightened by the real Word of God, not damaging fiction.
I have a bunch of cousins and they all have that same kind of silly, dry wit . . . many of them quite talented in music especially, but also crafts and art. I love how they love their little children (my cousin's children . . . who would be my 2nd cousins? I think...is that how it goes?) and encourage them in their quirkiness and joys of simply childhood.
One of my cousins Lindsey is a great mother of . . . I think 5 . . . FIVE, yikes . . . beautiful little girls . . . and my wife follows her postings on facebook which are always clever, guileless, intelligent, creative, and dryly witty as she describes the travails of young motherhood and having all those girls.
This one cracked me up.
This is Anna Belle, a 2nd cousin of mine . . . singing the Star Spangled Banner to annoy her sister out of the bathroom . . . . Lighthearted, clean fun :) And holy moly ... SHE GOT ALL THE WORDS CORRECT! That can't be said for many of the so-called professional singers who have mangled the song lately, lol.
This one is cute too. It's the same family, the newest addition Eloise . . . at only 2 months . . . trying to sing, say "hi", prodded by one of her sisters.....
Oh golly, while I'm spotlighting my cousin's cute talented family .... here is an older daughter, Phoebe singing and playing the piano . . . .