Finally, I got sick of spending half my week depressed, so I decided to read the rest of it in one sitting. Got the bone-crushing despair out of the way and moved on with my life.
Afterwards, I read Ender's Game and was blown away. The characters were great, the story was fantastic, and the writing was the best I'd seen. I confronted my English teacher and demanded to know why we weren't reading quality books like this.
That didn't go well.
Another one of Card's books I love is Lost Boys. I found it in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU a couple days before classes started and read it in one night. One of the many things I was impressed with was his portrayal of the main characters, an LDS family. It seems every attempt to show LDS family life is either too syrupy and perfect or else awful.
Lost Boys did a great job striking the balance where it's tough juggling callings, four kids, a new job and a mortgage, and it's not paradise, but sometimes you look around and realize how lucky you really are. The Church is a great organization full of imperfect people. Everyone just does their best and somehow it all works.
Card also gave a forum address here at BYU-I a couple weeks ago. I attended and was riveted the entire time.
Okay, enough fawning.
The real point of this post was to link to an article Card wrote about Romney, Evangelicals and Latter-day Saint beliefs. It's very well-written and does a great job tackling some of our beliefs conservative Christian voters tend to have issues with.
The doctrine that our opponents would love to hang around Romney's neck is the one about human beings having the potential to become like God.
Or, as our opponents like to put it — because it sounds more insane — Mormons believe that they're going to become gods.
Now, that's just not accurate. We believe that those who repent of their sins and become perfect of heart will be, by the grace of Christ, exalted. But how many people have you known who are truly perfect of heart, desiring nothing but to serve God and their fellow humans?
I've known a few. But I'm most definitely not one of them. I'm in the category called "sinners," and I have a pretty good notion that most of us are.
We also believe that people who never heard the gospel during mortality can accept it in the next life. Certainly many who were never "Mormons" in their mortal lives will be exalted.
Give it a read. If I can grow up to be half the writer Card is, I'll take it.