Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Annual Super Bowl/Brodie Award Post

To: Abbottsville Fourth Ward
From: Donna Banta
Subject: Yet another sin-filled Fast Sunday and/or why we have them.

Dear Abbottsville Fourth,

Once again, while you were sitting half-starved in Fast and Testimony Meeting, apologizing to everyone you've offended and promising yourselves you wouldn't cry, the San Francisco Post-Mormons were living it up in the City! This time at a Super Bowl party at our house!

The main dish, Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon, was prepared ahead of time by the Ecole Des 3 Gourmandes, aka Sarah, Eric and me.
Sarah drying the beef
Eric assembling the stew
Then there was the usual lightmindedness, loud laughter, and evil speaking of the self-appointed.

Brace yourself A-4 for some of the most evil and unnatural images you have ever witnessed!

Also there was drinking:

Blurred image thanks to blurred condition of photographer and her subjects
Over the years my dear friends from the Abbottsville Fourth Ward have posed the question, "Why do Ex-Mormons have get togethers?" I actually get that from people who have never been Mormon too, but for an entirely different reason. 

In the case of the LDS believer, the question is rhetorical and not worth the effort of an answer. Every good Mormon in the A-4 already knows that the San Francisco Post-Mormons are card-carrying members of Satan's minions who have banded together to destroy the one and only true church!
One of these minions left her coat at my house
But for the individuals who come from healthy, mainstream religious traditions, the question is sincere, although the answer is somewhat bizarre. You see, there are an alarming number of believing Mormons who cannot fathom the idea of a responsible, thinking adult making a conscientious decision to leave the LDS Church. He/she must be a card-carrying member of Satan's minions who ... well, you get it.

This is also why so many Ex-Mormons write books and blogs. Which is why every year Main Street Plaza hosts the Brodie's!! Ward Gossip has been nominated again in several categories. Even more exciting, my novel, The Girls From Fourth Ward, has been nominated for best LDS themed fiction book!

Also nominated are the talented writers and artists at A Post-Mormon Life, The Gay Dot, ExMormon Reddit, ExMormon Hymnal, Runtu's Rincon, Wheat and Tares, The LDS Stake President, Irresistable (Dis)grace, Letters from A Broad, FLAK, Feminist Mormon Housewives, ExMormon Mavens, The Cotton Floozy, Polygamy Chic, and too many more to mention!

If you haven't already go HERE and vote in the Brodies! But hurry, polls close today, February 5, at 4:00 p.m. PST (February 6, 1:00 a.m. Swiss time).


  1. It looks like everyone had fun with you on Superbowl Sunday. I'm glad.

    As for the Brodie Awards, I have dutifully voted. Good luck, Donna!

  2. Thanks Ahab! Yes, we did have a good time. Satan's minions is a pretty cool gig.

  3. That looks like a good Super Bowl Sunday, full of light-mindedness and loud laughter (just the way I like it!)

  4. I know--fun on Sunday, what a novel concept!

  5. Sunday is the funnest (real word) day of them all! I live in Utah county which means that the movie theater is ours. No lines, even if it is the biggest blockbuster. Plus, all of those people who let their kids run up and down the movie theater aisle like it's sacrament meeting, well, they are not there... Cuz, they are in church, but you probably got that.

  6. TCF, you make a great point! Next time I'm there, I'm going to take advantage of that. Usually when I'm in UT I avoid Happy Valley on Sundays because it's mildly terrifying to see all of those lemmings filing into church, the men in white shirts, the women all wearing the same dress. Didn't think of catching a matinee. :) I was in Centerville on a Sunday once and hid out at the local Starbucks. It was packed with sinners!