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26 November 2006 @ 11:50 pm
Geneology 101  
I was looking up ancestry on the web today for my son's 2nd-grade project (first emigrant to the U.S. on my side-- time to hit the databases!). I worked back from one of the most distinctive ancestor names (usually a good place to start), and found the line back that I needed. But this particular cataloguer's comment on that ancestor was "Married a disgraceful number of times" followed by the particulars. And while this is true, there is the question of "Lady, did you not realize this was one of the founding fathers of the Mormon church? When they still practiced polygamy?" I mean, what did she think was going on? Ex-wives in a dungeon? Bodies across half the country?

This reminds me, oddly, of a Welsh-langue class I took in college. We ran across the idiomatic phrase for "It's raining," which is (if I remember correctly) "Mae hi'n bwrw glaw." That translates to "She is casting water." Another student asked why that was the idiom, and I said, "Probably just what it sounds like. They probably believed a goddess was throwing water at the Earth when it rained." The teacher responded with "Dydw i ddim yn credu." "What?" "Dwi ddim yn credu." "What do you mean you don't believe me?" The teacher was entirely serious. Occam's Razor being what it is, and the ancient Welsh being pantheists, I still wonder if he simply thought that was too far-fetched or if he entirely rejected the idea of the Welsh not always having been Christians, because that offended his modern-day Mormon sensibilities. What. Ever. :\

In other news, people are now replying to other people's comments on some of the posts where I'm behind in responding to comments! And I'm getting a cold. Give me strength!
aeroport_artaeroport_art on November 27th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
Airborne! I think it does work if you use as soon as symptoms begin. I was starting to get a cold a couple weeks ago and took it and the sore throat kinda went away... kinda. Lol.
the reluctant lobotomist: star crossedfourfreedoms on November 27th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize the Welsh were Mormons. Huh, learn something new every day.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, mostly not-- they're mainly Anglicans (Church of England) I think, though lots of them are Methodists here in the States.

No, I took Welsh during a brief stint at BYU, and the teacher there was Mormon. And apparently resistant to knowing as much about his ancestors as he should have. *eye roll*
the reluctant lobotomist: higher lovefourfreedoms on November 28th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, see that's what I thought. I didn't think any Mormons went to Europe.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on November 28th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
They do, actually. But amazingly it doesn't catch on very well. *wonders why? eye roll*

The teacher taught us a phrase that any missionary should know: "Dydw i ddim eisiau bod yn Formon." (I don't want to be a Mormon).

I knew someone who went to Finland (very few takers over there), a young man who'd already been to Wales (similar), and then one guy who'd save his money allll those years and found out that he was assigned to be a missionary in Cleveland. Oh the humanity! :D

But there's no prevalence of Mormonism in Europe the way there is here. Less changing of religions in general there, I think. They tend to stick with what they have and grumble about it, but stick they do.