Zelophehad’s Daughters

Another Random Survey

Posted by Kiskilili

As with the first Random Survey, authored by Lynnette, I thought it might be fun to take a break from blog discussions in which we gaze in a trancelike state toward Adam and Eve’s belly buttons, contemplating whether such things exist, as it were, and conduct a survey for no overarching purpose other than your reading and sharing pleasure. In the immortal (if ominous) words of Lando Calrissian, “Everyone is invited, of course.”

(P.S. I’m only kidding about the belly-button gazing. I find the theological discussions on our blog of Enormous Import.)

1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

2. What’s your favorite holiday?

3. What’s your favorite planet?

4. What is the last book you read for fun?

5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

(I do realize this is a tricky one–if we can’t delimit our doctrine, we certainly can’t delimit our space doctrine either. One person’s cherished doctrinal wisdom is another’s cherished doctrinal hogwash. So just define “space doctrine” however you’d like, and try to be respectful of others.)

6. What’s your dream job?

7. What’s your favorite food group?

8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

51 Responses to “Another Random Survey”

  1. 1.

    1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. I also really like The Village. And a bunch of others.

    2. Christmas. You know how people like to say that Christmas is both incredibly stressful and extremely fun? I’m not like those people. I only find Christmas extremely fun.

    3. Neptune–I like that shade of blue.

    4. Collapse, by Jared Diamond. Fabulous read.

    5. I was once taught in seminary that the existence of multiple races was evidence we had multiple Heavenly Mothers. Hmm. Since race is socially constructed and not based on discrete biological categories, I have a hard time understanding the logic behind this. On the other hand, it does illustrate rather nicely how silly it is for us to assume, given the physiognomic range of humankind, that our Heavenly Parents must be white. You wonder, though, if God himself is miscegenating, why did the Church ever oppose it? ;)

    6. Professional blogger.

    7. Dairy (but I also love fruit). There’s no food that can’t be improved by adding a dairy product.

    8. I’m especially partial to liquids (“l” and “r”). My favorite capital letters are A, E, K, L, and R.

    9. The cello.

    10. The Old Testament.

    11. In some ways I think the ideal would be to design my own religion. It would include dismal but cavernous stone cathedrals with stained-glass windows, candlelight, people processing solemnly in robes, an elaborate liturgical year, and just a general emphasis on liturgy–most (if not all) of the service would be music. Maybe choirs and bells especially.

    I’ve thought of becoming an Episcopalian.

  2. 2.

    1. Les Miserables (I know it’s not a movie, but …)
    2. Thanksgiving
    3. Earth
    4. Sign of Four
    5. A “Stargate” thing, that Gabriel and Moroni and everybody were really powerful space travelers who picked a religious guise in which to present themselves to the backward lifeforms on earth
    6. I’m doing it — research in the church archives
    7. Dairy
    8. K
    9. Bassoon
    10. Old Testament
    11. Catholic

  3. 3.

    “Les Miserables” definitely counts! And I’m with you on the favorite planet question–I actually like Earth best too. :)

    That’s fabulous space doctrine–it actually involves outer space! Isn’t there a Star Trek episode in which the classical gods turn out to be aliens or something?

  4. 4.

    Good questions, K. :)

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Hmm. I like the Dying Young soundtrack, so I’ll say that for now. Not entirely sure, though.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas, probably. I tend to forget about other holidays until they’re here. Who can remember what day Labor Day is, anyway?

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    I have to pick one? Hmm. Probably Neptune. Nice and blue.

    But maybe the Kuiper Belt, because that’s just kind of cool.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    Bart Ehrmann, Lost Christianities. (Yeah, I’m weird.) It was a great read, too.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    There are a lot of entrants here, but I think I’ll give the prize to the idea that homosexuality is caused by demonic possessions of opposite-gender demons. (As opposed to same-gender demons, who apparently just result in run-of-the-mill possession.)

    6. What’s your dream job?

    Rock star, of course. Barring that, epic fantasy author.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Dairy has cheese, therefore . . .

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    c (lower case), K (upper case). T, S, and R are also pretty cool.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    Depends on the day. Guitar or piano.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    OT.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    Hmm. Maybe a Wiccan, or a UU. But really, I’d probably design my own. Definitely something with amulets.

  5. 5.

    1. Lord of the Rings

    2. Christmas. It’s the only one that was ever a big deal in my family. Plus, it’s my birthday.

    3. Earth first, then Neptune.

    4. Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

    5. Subatomic Quarks (specifically) are the Light of Christ.

    6. Professor of English Literature at a small liberal arts college.

    7. BREADS

    8. R

    9. Upright bass

    10. Probably the New Testament, with the Old Testament a close second.

    11. Secular humanist

  6. 6.

    Yes (“Who Mourns for Adonais?”) — an especially corny one featuring Apollo having a temper tantrum, who finally spreads himself thinner and thinner until the winds carry him away to wherever the other gods went, who gave up before he did.

  7. 7.

    1. My Fair Lady – fascination with languages and dialects
    2. The five week period beginning w/ Thanksgiving and ending w/ New Year’s day.
    3. Earth
    4. Undaunted Courage
    5. That the reason carbon dating doesn’t work on dinosaur bones is because when Adam fell 6000 years ago, the earth was thrown out of Kolob’s orbit with such force that extreme heat was created and thereby our mere mortal science is fooled.
    6. Proprietor of a bait and tackle shop on a lake somewhere in the north woods.
    7. Dairy, especially the ice cream part.
    8. Dunno, never thought about it.
    9. Cello, definitely. We have five kids, and four of them play cello.
    10. Old Testament
    11. I would worship the Sabbath God of golfing and boating.

  8. 8.

    Forgot to add that my answer to #5 comes from a CES guy. Naturally.

  9. 9.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Ennio Moricone the Mission- though iTunes seems to think it’s the soundtrack from Titan AE. But really, I’m way more cultured than that. Really.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday? Easter. It all comes down to candy, and Easter has the best candy. Also egg hunts are still one of my favorite things to do.

    3. What’s your favorite planet? I am especially fond of Earth, but Neptune is the coolest.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun? If by ‘for fun’ you mean no one made me read it then “Refuge” by Terry Tempest Williams. But if ‘for fun’ means escapist entertainment then it was probably the last Stephanie Meyer book.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context? That just before final judgement the Earth will be pulled from it’s orbit around the sun and will careen through space until it arrives at an orbit around Kolob, where it will spend eternity.

    6. What’s your dream job? Restaurant or Movie Critic.

    7. What’s your favorite food group? I’m fond of breads.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet? X, it is highly versatile and makes words seem more exotic. Also it’s worth 8 points.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument? I play the cello, but I wish I played the viola- it’s got most of the perks of the cello, but you don’t have to buy an extra plane ticket for it.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)? Pearl of Great Price.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be. Some flavor of Buddhism. I find a lot to like about the whole middle path.

  10. 10.

    Bart Ehrmann, Lost Christianities. (Yeah, I’m weird.) It was a great read, too. I liked that book too–fun stuff!

    Christmas. It’s the only one that was ever a big deal in my family. Plus, it’s my birthday.
    Ah, I’m guessing that explains your name. :) And professor at a liberal arts college wouldn’t be a bad at all.

    Starfoxy, you were a cellist who wanted to be a violist? I was just the opposite!, so maybe we karmically balance each other out. I really want to move closer to Eve so she’ll give me cello lessons in exchange for . . . my gracing her with my shining presence, or something.

    Mark, 4 out of 5 on the cello, really? That’s impressive!

  11. 11.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Mamma Mia–I saw the play but I heard it was coming out in movie form (does that count?) This has to do with many associations I have with the music back in the day as well as the large group of friends with whom I “rocked out” at the play.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday? Easter–I celebrate pagan Easter on Saturday (egg hunts, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies) and Christian Easter on Sunday (hats and a new suit, Christ the Lord is Ris’n Again, Passion plays) and I adore both.

    3. What’s your favorite planet? Kolob, of course.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun? Just read God’s Problem by Bart Ehrman. It was totally fun.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context? That David lost his exaltation. Nope, I cannot, I will not believe it. But no worries, this will be a hard one to keep retaining and curry favor with the evangelicals.

    6. What’s your dream job? Curator at the Vatican museum. Dream big.

    7. What’s your favorite food group? Dairy–cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk chocolate.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet? My favorite letter is why, I mean y.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument? The cello (except when I had to carry it to school, it was embarrassing.) Nowdays I don’t play any more, but I love to listen.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)? OT. I love the symbolism, the poetry, the sex and the kooky stories.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be? Don’t know, maybe wiccan or some kind of mystic or something with Jewish kabbala.

    Kiskilili, love your space doctrine! Ardis, how awesome that you are living your dream job.

  12. 12.

    Wow, I wrote my responses before I read any of the others. There’s lots of love for Neptune and Cellos out there.

    Kiskilili- I would guess that much of my desire to switch comes from walking to and from school with my Cello- that and *everyone* asked if it was a guitar. I also played the upright Bass for a few years in HS, which made regional auditions a pain. I had to make three trips everywhere I went, one for my stuff, one for the cello and one for the bass. We joked that I was going to take up the Tuba next.

  13. 13.

    Wow, lots of dairy-guzzling cello-lovers on our blog! Who would have guessed?

    My favorite letter is why, I mean y.
    Too funny!

  14. 14.

    wow, I cross-posted with a lot of you, and I never knew the cello was so popular in the bloggernacle. Amazing.

  15. 15.

    Ha! NO ONE ever asked me if my cello was a guitar.

  16. 16.

    Mark IV, I’ve heard something similar, only that the atonement at the cross released a huge amount of radioactive energy that threw everything off.

  17. 17.

    Maybe it was sort of like how the sun’s magnetic polarity reverses itself every eleven years, only it affected divine subatomic quarks in such a way that it allowed demons to commandeer and realign people’s sexual orientation? :twisted: No doubt things will all be cosmically realigned as we go hurtling through space toward Kolob (where BiV will feel right at home).

    Yeah, Starfoxy and BiV, there is something to be said for an instrument that can be easily transported!

  18. 18.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    I’ve always liked The Mission, but I’m also a big fan of Moulin Rouge! for sentimental reasons.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    Easter

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Mars

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    Cold Mountain For two more months, everything is fun!

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    I honestly can’t think of much crazy doctrine that I’ve ever heard in church. Well, not about space. I had a bishop dedicate a special combined RS/MP meeting to the fact that Darwin, Freud, and Marx are the three greatest tools of Satan in the modern age. That’s the only I can think of.

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Being independently wealthy or being paid to sit around my house cooking and reading.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    Dairy, or dessert (that’s a food group, right?)

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    I’m a big fan of J

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    I had a brief stint attempting to play cello and I still like to listen to it. I also like french horn and piano.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    I really love the Book of Mormon. I’ve read it at least 25 times.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    Probably Muslim

  19. 19.

    Kiskilli, thanks for this thread. It is funny to see how alike and different we are!

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    I’ve only had Disney movie soundtracks, so the next best thing I have is Broadway and I love The Secret Garden.
    (but best Disney soundtrack is Hunchback)

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    New Years (also my birthday)

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Earth: that’s a gimme

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    Blink

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?
    I’m really surprised that no one has said mine yet. I think it was in Skousen’s the First 2 Thousand years.
    The lost 10 tribes are in outer space.

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Photographer

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    chocolate

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    J

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    the Ipod
    or maybe guitar

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    NT because women are treated pretty well

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    No idea. Still working on that.

  20. 20.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Pirates 3 – just think the music to flipping the boat, the spit of land scene, and that final sequence with a wedding, lots of sword fighting, and hurricane

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    Christmas – we just do so many fun things at Christmas

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Cimmeria (any other Stargate fans out there?) or Saturn if you want to stay in the Solar System

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    The Princess Bride

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?
    I can’t think of any right now

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Professional T.V. show watcher – I just can’t figure out how to get anyone to pay me to do this

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    I like food in general, no matter what group it belongs to (though I once said something similar to Lynnette and ended up with pickled pigs feet in my stocking)

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    A (especially when it’s followed by an r or a t)

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    Viola (ironically I played the Violin)

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    BoM – I’m really interested in Mormon, who he was, and why he chose to include the things he did when he abridged all of those records

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    Quaker – mostly because many of my ancestors were Quaker and not only did they keep good records but they had women’s meetings (with minutes that still exist) and one of the clerks was always a woman (at least in the records I have been looking at)

  21. 21.

    1. Once
    2. Christmas
    3. Earth
    4. Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
    5. The earth really is 6,000 years old and dinosaur bones came from other planets where dinosaurs really did live and the earth was organized out of that matter already containing the dinosaur bones (I’m sure I’ve heard crazier things but that’s the first one that comes to mind)
    6. Still trying to figure that one out – it’s in a library, that much I know
    7. Ask my I [HEART] CARBS shirt (though vegetables are a close second)
    8. H (because yes, I am just that self-centered, at least as far as letters of the alphabet go)
    9, Piano, I guess, or maybe guitar
    10. Pearl of Great Price
    11. I’d be a UU who occasionally went to Catholic mass (but the real deal, in a cathedral, with a huge pipe organ)
    Alternatively, I might belong the the church of NPR/public radio (time spent with Ira Glass is time well spent), occasionally also going to a matinee movie

  22. 22.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Hmmm. I’m probably at the other end of the spectrum from you on this one, Kiskilili. I typically don’t notice soundtracks. I do remember liking the music in Dead Poet’s Society, though.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    Christmas, by far. I have lots of good memories of it. I love to see my family and my wife’s family then. I love to see my boys enjoy it. I love that the semester is finally over. It’s just good all the way around.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Maybe Mars because lots of science fiction is written about it. I’m surprised how many people like Neptune. I’ve always kind of thought of it as the most blah of the gas giants. I mean, Jupiter has the size advantage, the red spot, and the big inner moons, Saturn has the rings, and Uranus spins on its side. What does Neptune have? Color, I guess.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, in which he discusses conditions under which the common economic assumption that people are rational fails. It’s an engaging little book–he describes his research in simple terms and makes clear connections to real-world issues.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?
    Jessawhy beat me to the ten tribes being in outer space. How about the one where they’re living in the core of the earth?

    6. What’s your dream job?
    To be a statistician for a major league baseball team

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    I don’t know. What food group does chocolate fall into?

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    Z, because it begins both Ziff and Zelophehad

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    I like the sound of bagpipes, but I’ve never played any musical instrument.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    Probably the Book of Mormon, partially because it’s by far the most familiar to me.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    I like Mark IV’s idea about pagan sabbath gods. Perhaps I would belong to a religion that worshiped by watching football on Sundays and tithed to DirectTV for Sunday Ticket.

  23. 23.

    (Okay, so I broke my own rule–I didn’t try terribly hard to be respectful of those who are planning to go hurtling through space toward Kolob. And who knows? If you survived the subfreezing temperatures and whatever other treats such an experience would likely visit on you, it could be fun!)

    FoxyJ, I’m not at all convinced that Freud isn’t a tool of Satan in the modern era. ;)

    I once promoted J to the top tier, but then I decided to demote it back down to the second tier.

    That’s right, Jessawhy–the Lost Tribes went into outer space, or else into the earth’s core, or maybe they were transformed into magical subatomic quarks but will be twinkled back at the appropriate moment. That would be exciting.

    Elbereth, Cimmeria? The Cimmerians are an ancient people living in the Black Sea region! And I can’t believe you like the viola best–we should all switch instruments in our family! (Ideally, I’d actually like to play several instruments.)

    I’m descended from Quakers too!! Maybe over Christmas you should give us a lecture on our ancestors, complete with slideshow.

    Heather P! I heard that too, about dinosaur bones coming from other planets. Because God is out to trick us about the history of the earth, as a test of our faith, no doubt.

    But Ziff, Neptune is also farthest from the sun (especially now that Pluto’s been demoted, and sometimes even if it’s not), which is sort of special. Although I love The Martian Chronicles, so Mars certainly has a place in my heart as well.

  24. 24.

    These are fun!

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    I can’t decide my absolute one and only true favorite, but at various times in my life I’ve loved the soundtracks to Evita, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Footloose, Saturday Night Fever and Purple Rain.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Labor Day. No fuss, no muss. Just a nice relaxing day off.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    Venus. I’ve also wanted to live on Endor with the Ewoks.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    Notes from Underground. Wasn’t exactly a “fun” read, though. Right before that I read “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”. Which was hilarious in a macabre sort of way.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    I’m not sure this is a space doctrine, but I heard that the 12 Tribes of Israel are currently living in the center of the Earth.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    To be a permagladiator on American Gladiators

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    The fats, oils, and sweets group that you’re supposed to eat “sparingly”.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    E

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    Probably the violin. My mother plays beautifully.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    NT.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    Hmmm. Probably none. I’d sleep in on Sundays.

  25. 25.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Rent or Once

    2. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas

    3. What’s your favorite planet? Pluto (I still believe)

    4. What is the last book you read for fun? Big Russ and Me

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Cleon Skousen was a guest speaker at a youth conference . . . it would take a post.

    6. What’s your dream job? Running a school.

    7. What’s your favorite food group? Fruits

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet? K

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument? Piano

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best? The four gospels

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be? This week? Catholic

  26. 26.

    I’m not sure this is a space doctrine, but I heard that the 12 Tribes of Israel are currently living in the center of the Earth.

    Oh, E, that’s absolutely not a space doctrine. I once fell into a hole in the earth and met a man named Booshniverith, the current leader of the tribe of Zebulun. Unfortunately, the lost tribes have become sort of goblinlike from such a long stint underground–they’re all hunched over and have no toes, and they carry pocketwatches in their vests, since they can’t see the sun. It was all very Alice in Wonderland.

    No, really, I’m thinking of space doctrine as any bizarre teaching you find too incredible to believe (whether it involves space or not) and which probably originates at a level below the GAs, so your example certainly qualifies!

    Venus, huh? Good feminist sensibilities. :)

    When I was a kid we had a running argument over whether Admiral Ackbar, when he said “farest moon of Endor,” meant “farrest moon” or “forest moon.” Of course technically “farrest” isn’t a word, but maybe English wasn’t his native language. (We also used to argue over whether, when you’re counting up all the female characters in Star Wars, you should include Luke’s tauntaun.)

    Deborah, maybe you should write that post!

  27. 27.

    I always wondered about that one, actually. “Forest moon of Endor” is ambiguous.

    Is Endor the moon, or the planet? That is, is it “the forest moon, known as Endor”? Or is it “the forest moon of the planet Endor” (in which case, the moon itself isn’t Endor)?

    I’m inclined to think of it as the latter. That read just seems more likely to me, given the “moon of” construction.

    For instance, you could refer to Io as either:

    “The volcanic moon of Jupiter” (assuming there were no other volcanic moons of Jupiter)

    or

    “The volcanic moon of Io.”

    I think the first read is more natural, myself. But I’m not entirely sure.

  28. 28.

    1. soundtrack – Curious George
    2. holiday – Christmas
    3. planet – Earth
    4. latest fun book – Lottery
    5. space doctrine – Hmm, maybe that when we dream, our spirits leave our body to have experiences in another realm.
    6. dream job – I’d like to be J.K. Rowling
    7. food group – sugar
    8. letter – maybe all the Hawaiian letters – H, K, L, M, N, P, W, and some vowels – they make pretty words with just a few letters.
    9. instrument – piano
    10. standard work – NT
    11. alternate religion – maybe a church with a really fun, rousing African -American gospel choir. I’d like to go to church and clap my hands and rejoice more.

  29. 29.

    We contemplated that issue too, Kaimi! I’m with you–I think there’s a planet called Endor with a number of moons, one of which (the one in question) is densely forested (it’s otherwise unnamed, but that’s its most salient characteristic). But it’s not terribly clear. (And what is the relationship, if any, to the witch of En-dor?)

    We should do a post on Star Wars questions. Then we could also speculate freely about why Taun We touches her neck as she bids Obi-Wan farewell, whether Taun We is wearing something over her midriff or whether it’s bare, and, my personal favorite, what the significance of the Old Folks Home is. Also, does Obi-Wan pick up Anakin’s light saber at the end of III so he can sell it to support his drinking habit?

  30. 30.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    O Brother Where Art Thou, Blues Brothers

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    Christmas, Easter, Halloween. The religious ones.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    It’s always been Pluto, but in light of recent scientific developments, I’d have to say Saturn.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    The Hero and the Crown, Jane Eyre (it was over the same two days)

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Anything I ever learned in Brother S’s seminary class at Orem High…he told me most of the ones listed here. The day my D&C prof at the Y brought in his wife to bear her testimony of celestial polygamy was the strangest actual teaching moment.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    To read constantly, teach occasionally and only have to talk to people when I want to.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Fruit, bread, and dairy (I don’t like milk, but my inordinate lust for cheese more than makes up for it)

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    A, X, Y, L

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    Cello, though I am exceedingly fond of the viola (particularly after sharing a music stand w/ Melyngoch for two glorious years).

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    NT

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    Medieval Catholic or Eastern Orthodox

  31. 31.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Pretty much anything by John Williams, but I think Star Wars is the best.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    Easter. I don’t do the Easter Bunny or egg hunts, but I just love celebrating the resurrection.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Pluto. I have a soft spot for the underdogs, and I just feel sorry for the little rock, what with being demoted and all.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    I read The Glass Castle for my book club a few months ago.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?
    Fortunately, I’ve been spared most crazy space doctrines. None come to mind.

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Supreme Court Justice

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    Fruits- healthy, but still sweet.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    Q. It’s random, and it’s worth 10 points in Scrabble.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    I’m going to have to jump on the cello bandwagon. The comment I got as a kid was always, “That thing is bigger than you are!” (It was.)

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    It’s a close tie between the Old and New Testaments, but I think I’ll have to go with the OT. Something about it just speaks to me.

    11. If you weren’t Mormon, what religion would you be?
    I would probably be a Messianic Jew.

  32. 32.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Apollo 13 or Dead Poet’s Society. I love them both equally.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas. Though Halloween and Independence Day are close behind.

    3. What’s your favorite planet? Jupiter.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun? Chalked Up.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context? The seminary teacher I had for Old Testament was an odd duck who taught all kinds of weird things. That year I went to my parents quite a bit saying, “Um, Brother X taught this in seminary today.” And my mother would be nice and diplomatic (i.e., she didn’t roll her eyes or break out into laughter) and respond, “Well, that’s interesting. Just because he’s a seminary teacher doesn’t mean he really knows what he’s talking about. It’s okay to not believe everything he says.” Good advice that has served me well over the years.

    Anyway, picking one of the things I “learned” from him: The Earth was created by cobbling together the remains of other planets that had been destroyed, and that’s why we have dinosaur bones even though the Earth is really only 6000 years old.

    6. What’s your dream job? Independently wealthy traveler.

    7. What’s your favorite food group? The sugars and fats group.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet? ? (it’s a Russian letter)

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument? Piano.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)? Doctrine and Covenants

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be? I’d likely flit around.

  33. 33.

    Wow, I had no idea so many people loved and played the cello! It is a fabulous instrument. I just adore the deep rich resonances it can produce. And I’d definitely give Kiskilili free cello lessons if she lived around here just for the pleasure of her company. Also, we could play duets!

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    I like all of Hans Zimmer’s stuff that I’ve heard–the Pirates movies, the da Vinci Code, Gladiator–and I too love the soundtrack to The Village. Kiskilii is so right that an excellent soundtrack can really make a movie. And I love the soundtrack to the Mission, which is just one of my all-time favorite movies for so many reasons.

    Ah yes….so much gorgeous music in the world!…hitting play now….

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    I like Thanksgiving because it’s the beginning of the holidays, although when I’m in school I hate it because it is the time of stress stress stress. I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. For some reason I’ve never been able to figure out myself, I have a hate-hate relationship with Independence Day. I associate it with crowds, parades, and fireworks, and as an extreme introvert I can’t deal with all the over-stimluation.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    Um…Earth? The only one I’ve actually visited, so….

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    I just finished Return of the Native. The descriptions of Egdon Heath are just heartbreakingly beautiful. Oh, Thomas Hardy, every year I love and worship you more from afar, even though I can’t read some of your books without breaking into convulsive sobs.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    (I do realize this is a tricky one–if we can’t delimit our doctrine, we certainly can’t delimit our space doctrine either. One person’s cherished doctrinal wisdom is another’s cherished doctrinal hogwash. So just define “space doctrine” however you’d like, and try to be respectful of others.)

    I think my all-time favorite space doctrine is the idea that we’ll all be naked in heaven, extrapolated from the fact that when Joseph Smith saw the angel Moroni he could see into his bosom. Thus, the reasoning goes, Moroni like all heavenly beings was nude and just grabbed a handy bathrobe-type toga on his way down to earth.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    Professional blogger sounds really good. I could also go for professional pleasure-reader. Someone pays me to read whatever strikes my fancy all day long.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Hard to pick among the joys of fruit, dairy, bread, and chocolate. Especially combined in wonderful concoctions.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    I don’t really have one.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    I like different instruments for different things. The cello, of course, for the reasons above. I don’t like the timbre of the piano as well as I do that of stringed instruments, but it’s great for multiple parts. And I love the violin because it’s just so fluent.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    I like the OT just because it’s so fun and wild and counter-cultural and parts of it are so so beautifully written (Ecclesiastes, the Psalms, Isaiah). I like the NT and the Book of Mormon for the focus on Christ.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    That’s a hard one. I don’t know if I’d go for some high-church ritual or some liberal Protestantism–or if I’d just take a nap on Sunday mornings. :)

  34. 34.

    One of the things I liked about the cello when the kids were taking lessons is that I could stand to listen to them practice. Even in unskilled hands, the cello doesn’t sound too bad. Contrast that with my own youth, when I played trumpet and my brother played trombone, and neither of us played very well. Our mother tried to keep us on a practice schedule, but sometimes she wasn’t very insistent. Now I understand why.

    Having said all that, I think I want to change my vote on favorite instrument. I think a pipe organ is the most incredible musical instrument ever invented.

  35. 35.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Two of my favorites are “the Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Grease”

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas, I love everything about it.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    Saturn. I remember being so awed when I learnt of the rings.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Hmm, nothing I can think of at the moment.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    Queen of the world, but I’d settle for Chief Justice of Supreme Court.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Dairy. Butter, cream and cheese. Nothing adds so much to food.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    Q

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    Bagpipes and the sax. I find they are both so evocative.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    OT

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    I wasn’t born Mormon but as soon as I started discussions I could never imagine being anything else. Inactive or active I’m Mormon.

  36. 36.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? (Most imaginative soundtrack ever recorded); Footloose (Filmed at my high school during my junior year; I know all of the extras, so it’s fun to watch and name them all.)

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    The only one I care about at all is Earth.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    “The Appeal” (John Grisham)

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    The Earth fell from its original orbit when Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, so our whole time measurement calculations are messed up. Heard that one more than once in multiple decades.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    Running a non-profit, educational foundation with nearly unlimited resources

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    There are groups? I just love food.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    M – my wife’s initial that she uses as an abbreviation

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    The saxophone and the bagpipes (played well; Hell is defined best by being alone in a room and having to listen to someone learning how to play the bagpipes. We had bagpipes in our high school marching band, so I know of what I speak.)

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    The Book of Mormon and the New Testament (most of Mormonism’s unique doctrines are in the New Testament; very, very few are in the BofM.)

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    The general principles of Buddhism resonate with me, so I probably would be a Buddhist-Christian.

  37. 37.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Guess I’ll have to go with Once. I don’t listen to soundtracks much—I’d rather listen to the Swell Season album than the Once soundtrack. The soundtrack I’ve probably listened to most is the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack. O Brother is a good choice, but I’d rather listen to Gillian Welch’s or AKUS’s albums.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas, although it can be sucky.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    Earth?

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    I’m reading the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    No idea. I can’t remember the crazy doctrine days.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    I guess I’ve got it. Working part time at home doing web development. I’d like to get paid to travel the world taking pictures.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Blueberries and strawberries.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    Q

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    Theramin

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    NT

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    Lutheran. It’s what I was before I was Mormon.

  38. 38.

    1. Amadeus or Stranger Than Fiction

    2. Thanksgiving

    3. Pluto. Because I maintain that it is a planet.

    4. The Goose Girl

    5. That I knew all of my husband’s mistakes in the pre-existence and I already forgave him for them (so it’s pointless to be mad about anything now, because I already extended forgiveness).

    6. Professional Chef

    7. It’s a four-way tie between fruit, dairy, breads, and sweets.

    8. M

    9. Oboe

    10. NT

    11. Realistically, I would probably be some non-denominational Christian. I wish I could be Jewish, though.

  39. 39.

    Wow, that’s an interesting space doctrine, Courtney–the way we use the (conjectural) preexistence to justify the present deserves a post of its own! It’s awfully convenient to suppose we already knew how we’d be hurt, embraced the experience, and forgave everyone in advance who planned to hurt us, but then if that were the case what would the point of this life even be?

    Susan, I’m with you on the berries! Yum–one of my favorite things about summer is the fresh fruit. And The Poisonwood Bible is a good book.

    I’m sure you’re right, Ray, that our unique doctrines aren’t even in the Book of Mormon. I wonder whether there aren’t more in the Doctrine and Covenants than the NT, though?

    Hooray for the Christmas lovers, Lizzy! And I really like Angela’s Ashes.

    Pipe organs can be fun, Mark–I like fugues and such. Plus, people don’t own them in their homes, so you can send your organ-playing family members elsewhere to practice. Unlike living with a budding trumpeter. :)

    Eve, how are we going to play duets? I’m planning to use your cello! ;)

    We’re all going to be naked in heaven?!? As evidenced by the fact that Moroni didn’t have time to actually pull some trousers on and button them, say, what with the hectic schedule imposed on angels? I think that one wins the prize!

    Tanya, how did you like Chalked Up? I’d really like to read it. Women’s gymnastics is the only sport I really follow at all–it’s fun to watch–and at the same time I love reading memoirs, especially grim ones in which people’s lives go awry. It’s a perverse sort of voyeuristic pleasure.

    Hooray for the Doctrine and Covenants! That would be my second choice, for sure. It’s interesting to me that it’s getting left out–I wonder why that is.

    Keri, I love the Star Wars soundtracks too–I think it’s John Williams at his best.

    Zillah, Halloween is a great religious holiday (whether you’re thinking of pagan or Christian associations?). I love the idea that there’s a liminal period before the Celtic new year when the gates to the Otherworld are open, enabling spirits that died in the last year to gain access, but also enabling Otherworld spirits to flit about here. And I love that people’s identities can shift. (Yes, I had fun taking Celtic Paganism!) It seems to me the most numinous holiday. But I hate scary or violent things of all type just by temperament, so that aspect of it isn’t for me.

    Jane, I agree that Hawaiian words can be fun! They’re certainly phonologically distinctive.

  40. 40.

    Eve, how are we going to play duets? I’m planning to use your cello! ;)

    Oh, you know, I thought you could sing with your two larynxes while I sawed away. We’re trying to increase our popularity with the neighbors. ;)

    Or you could bring your viola and/or violin, and we could do various combinations. It would be fun!

  41. 41.

    (We also used to argue over whether, when you’re counting up all the female characters in Star Wars, you should include Luke’s tauntaun.)

    Ah, the trials of being a young feminist Star Wars fanatic. It’s pretty bad when you’re having to include tauntauns because the female characters are so sparse. Though at least Mon Mothma was running the rebellion.

    Is Endor the moon, or the planet? That is, is it “the forest moon, known as Endor”? Or is it “the forest moon of the planet Endor” (in which case, the moon itself isn’t Endor)?

    That’s a good question. The phrasing is a bit odd, I agree, but I’ve always interpreted it as the moon itself being Endor–especially given that it doesn’t actually seem to have an accompanying planet (or at least we never see one).

  42. 42.

    Fun survey!

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Off the top of my head, I’m quite fond of Pirates 1, 2, and 3; The Lord of the Rings; Star Wars; The Village; Da Vinci Code; Narnia; The Hours; The Man From Snowy River. And let me not forget the immortal soundtrack to the Care Bears movie–I believe I can still sing all the songs.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Like many of my siblings, I’m a Christmas fanatic. All other holidays simply pale in comparison–hardly even worthy of the term “holiday,” imo.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    When I was in high school, I used to claim to be from Venus. But I think Saturn is my favorite. I like the rings, and the association with melancholy.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    I just tried out Twilight. It was okay–very readable–but not something I was crazy about.

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Wow, that’s a tough one. Maybe that there’s an image of Jesus in the Antarctic? I heard the dinosaur bones from other planets one, too, as well as the Lost Ten Tribes having gone to another planet.

    6. What’s your dream job?

    On some days, theologian. On less ambitious days, a job that somehow involved a bit of blogging, a bit of reading novels, and a bit of Netflix.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    I realize this detracts from any claim I might have to liberal credentials, but I am a total carnivore. I love meat. I’m going to be sad when the lion lays down with the lamb. I’m also fond of bread in pretty much any form. And does chocolate count as a food group?

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    I really like names that start with A, J, and T. And our blog has made me more fond of Z.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    One that is silent. ;) (This is from having grown up with numerous siblings who played musical instruments, often at the same time.)

    But now I actually quite like the sound of the violin. Also the flute.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    The NT.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    I’m immensely fond of Catholicism–the liturgy, the history, the rich theological tradition. But given my religious leanings, I’d probably be some sort of liberal Protestant; perhaps UCC.

  43. 43.

    Holla Lynette. P.S. I need your mailing address if’n you’d like a wedding announcement. E-mail away. Okay, now I want to do this survey funness.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Enchanted. Just kidding…or am I? If I want to sound appropriately intellectual, I say “Amelie.” But I pretty much like musicals.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas. Does that make me sound predictable? It’s just all the love and sugar in the air at that time…

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    Ummm…I’m partial to Earth actually.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Oh man, it happened yesterday. “Bigfoot is Cain.” I know that’s not space but I about fell out of my chair.

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Something which involves teaching college peoples, having a lot of fresh flowers around that I can mess with, and really good organic foodstuffs.

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    Pickles. Duh. ONLY dill though.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    X. Versitile.

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    Ocarina.

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?
    NT. Definitely. Minus Paul’s woman-rants.

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    Transcendentalist. Can I say that? Or Zoroastrian just to be different (different=awesome. That’s what American Studies taught me).

  44. 44.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    Repo Man, hands down.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?

    Christmas, then Halloween

    3. What’s your favorite planet?

    Other than earth, no favorites

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?

    On Zion’s Mount

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Great question, but I’ve got nothing to really add here. Amazing what other folks have learned at church!

    6. What’s your dream job?

    Ardis’s

    7. What’s your favorite food group?

    Dairy, no question. Could even limit to cheese.

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?

    A, or X

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?

    I would have said the cello, but I’ll go with the violin

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)?

    BoM

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?

    Probably UU. Maybe Community of Christ

  45. 45.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Braveheart

    2. What’s your favorite holiday? Halloween

    3. What’s your favorite planet? no preference really, but probably not Mercury because Arizona is hot enough for me.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun? Middlesex

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context? I guess I zone out during space doctrine discussions–can’t think of a one

    (I do realize this is a tricky one–if we can’t delimit our doctrine, we certainly can’t delimit our space doctrine either. One person’s cherished doctrinal wisdom is another’s cherished doctrinal hogwash. So just define “space doctrine” however you’d like, and try to be respectful of others.)

    6. What’s your dream job? professor

    7. What’s your favorite food group? dairy

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet? L

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument? voice

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)? OT

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be? Catholic (does that make me a masochist? leaving one patriarchal religion for another?)

  46. 46.

    1. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Easily Vangelis’s 1492 Soundtrack. I can blaze through papers with that playing.

    2. What’s your favorite holiday?
    I’m awfully partial to Halloween.

    3. What’s your favorite planet?
    I like Saturn because of the cool rings.

    4. What is the last book you read for fun?
    Stephane Mallarme’s Divagations

    5. What’s the craziest space doctrine you’ve ever learned in a Church context?

    Since Christ is the light of the world, when he was crucified and the world was shrowded in darkness, it was literally because the ‘light’ was taken from the universe. Then, because light repels objects in space, the tremors and movement of the earth was caused by the lack of light as the earth actually changed in its orbit. -”The Fabulous Power of Light”, I don’t remember the speaker.

    6. What’s your dream job?
    Professional Children’s Book writer and illustrator

    7. What’s your favorite food group?
    Meats

    8. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet?
    I think Q and X are nice

    9. What’s your favorite musical instrument?
    I really like the flute, although I don’t play

    10. Which of the Standard Works do you like best (counting OT and NT separately)? BoM

    11. If you weren’t (or aren’t) Mormon, what religion would you be?
    Buddhism sounds good.

  47. 47.

    (We also used to argue over whether, when you’re counting up all the female characters in Star Wars, you should include Luke’s tauntaun.)

    Deadly swordfights, mystical teachings, internecine strife, lack of female characters, mammals that have no archaeological support — it’s practically the Book of Mormon in space, isn’t it? :)

  48. 48.

    Look for further elaboration of the above analysis in my forthcoming article, “A Meso-Tattooinian Setting for the Book of Mormon.”

  49. 49.

    I look forward to that article! Although I must admit I’m an advocate of the Limited Planetary Theory, and I’m convinced that limited planet of activity is Yavin IV (there are ruined temples, after all!).

    Maybe you can also clear up some other issues we used to argue over:

    Was Yoda’s appearance modeled on Spencer W. Kimball? (Somebody claimed they heard this was the case.)

    Is Yoda a human? (When 800 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.) It’s true your ears keep growing throughout your life, and you maybe shrink–could a person’s skin take on a greenish pall as well?

  50. 50.

    Also, it is “he could use a good kiss” or “you could use a good kiss”?

    And is Sebulba the real Chosen One?

  51. 51.

    Addere Coram, I haven’t even heard of 1492–maybe I’ll give it a try! I used to listen to a lot of Chariots of Fire and Cosmos.

    Emily! How are you? I don’t think it makes you a masochist to be attracted to Catholicism–in some ways it’s a whole different set of patriarchal norms to raise your feminist hackles. :)

    Randy, it’s a shame how good cheese tastes, isn’t it? Considering that it’s basically all fat. Besides Episopalianism, I’ve also thought of joining the Community of Christ. I realize this is way too simplistic a characterization, but if Episcopalianism is Catholicism plus (ordaining women), the Community of Christ seems like sort of the same thing for Mormonism.

    Pinto, I’ve heard that space doctrine too! We may as well integrate the different sources for our folk wisdom–if Cain is roaming the earth, where else do we expect ot find him?

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