Analysis Of The Book Of Mormon Girl By Joanna Brooks

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The Book of Mormon Girl, is a memoir about the life of the protagonist, Joanna Brooks. Brooks gives us an insight into one of America's most captivating yet misunderstood religious traditions. From early on in her life, Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made her different form others. She knew that she was different but not in a bad way but rather in a special. Joanna brook’s memoir traces her faith journey beginning with her childhood in a secure and idealistically orthodox LDS family in Southern California to an adult woman. The pious LDS home that she grew up in was a loving place that made service a priority. Joanna felt loved by the community which was important to both …show more content…

It was all a reflection of newly found joy in her tradition. However, as she got older, Joanna started to struggle with some tenets of her religion, like where the Church stood when it came to women's rights and homosexuality. Joanna’s adolescent and early adulthood faith was not challenged by a calculated act of revelation of trickery, but rather by a sudden shift in her awareness and priority coming into clash with an inflexible system. It is her ideal dream school of BYU that Brooks sees punishing her favorite professor, Cecilia Konchar Farr, for the feminist views that had started to open new possibilities for Brooks. When the Church excluded a group of feminists because they spoke out about a church controversy, it brought up emotions in Brooks that made her question her own stance. It was while she was in college at BYU when Joanna brook’s faith took an enormous …show more content…

It does not preach or defend or attack. There is no shortage of deep and sincere affection for the Mormon doctrines and traditions that she grew up loving and finding security in. However, I feel like there is perhaps a little bit of holding back on the anguish of the faith crisis that led her out of the church, and on the difficulty of factors that brought her back. I found her memoir to be a bit vague. The book was written by an smart woman who felt like she had something to say and then spent half of the book refusing to say it. If someone is a Mormon and feminist, I want to know what it means to them. What does feminism mean in the context of Mormonism? She mentioned that when she was growing up in the Mormon church, twelve-year-old boys got the priesthood and girls got a Marie Osmond beauty manual. She mentioned the fact that men get the power of the priesthood while women have "the gift of motherhood." She claimed that Mormon married women are never supposed to work outside the home however, I have known a few who do and see no contradiction between paid employment and their faith. I wanted to know what all that mean to her. She talked about what the church told girls about sex and sexuality, and she even hinted at flashbacks of sexual abuse. Then she talks about meeting a great Jewish man and marrying him. That's it? I wonder if she found it

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