Kody’s Mission On a recent episode which aired on January 5, the Browns were visited by Brett and Brett’s family.Kody and Brett served as missionary companions back when they where both full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Polygamy came into play for both Kody and Brett while young missionaries.Brett shared on the episode that polygamy was among a number of issues about Mormonism that he discovered while on his mission.These issues, he tells us, led him to leave Mormonism and organized religion all together. While he followed his family out of mainstream Mormonism and into fundamentalist Mormonism, he still revered Joseph Smith and believed in the Book of Mormon.However, she was also quick to emphasize, as they often do on the show, that they do not consider themselves to be associated with the LDS Church or mainstream Mormonism. They share with mainstream Mormonism values about things like modest dress and dating, Robyn added.Chastity and modesty is something that Robyn, in particular, has emphasized on the show. While they are not “mainstream” Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon.The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how mainstream Mormons react to them.
Mainstream Mormonism is regularly making a case for how Mormonism is defined, whether it wants to or not.Is it just to exclude a group who claim the title of Christians?In answering this question it is useful to consider how defining some people as “outsiders,” as lacking a claim to some standard of authenticity, is the fundamental ideology behind so many of the ugly prejudices in this world.” Feminist theologian and religious studies professor Caryn Riswold asked, in her response, “Who gets to decide who’s Christian and who’s not? ” This can easily be restated in the following way: “Who gets to decide who’s Mormon and who’s not? ” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, more generally, mainstream Mormonism is very image conscious.
Look at the “I am a Mormon” advertising campaign which seeks to portray Mormons as diverse, modern, and hip.
When I recently interviewed Meri, Janelle, Christine, Robyn, and Kody, I asked them if they considered themselves to be Mormon.