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On Being Human

Folklore of Mormon Missionaries

William A. Wilson

Publication Year: 1981

A collection of narratives, humorous stories, and songs from Mormon missionaries that has become a classic study of narrative folklore. The 64th annual Faculty Honor Lecture, in the Humanities, Utah State University.

Published by: Utah State University Press

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1. On Being Human: The Folklore of Mormon Missionaries

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pp. 3-7

Only a week before I received the invitation to write this introduction, two faculty members who are team-teaching an introductory class about world arts and cultures queried me. Their course concerns concepts and perspectives in the intercultural, interdisciplinary study of art, aesthetics, and...

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2. On Being Human: The Folklore of Mormon Missionaries

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pp. 8-16

This folklore has evolved over time from day-to-day interactions of missionaries facing similar problems and involved in similar social situations. As they have participated in typical activities (such as door-to-door “tracting” or holding discussions in the homes of investigators), or as they have experienced...

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3. On Being Human: The Folklore of Mormon Missionaries

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pp. 17-22

A Brazilian missionary refused to sleep in his temple garments because of hot weather: “When his companion woke in the morning, he found the errant elder pressed into the wall so hard that he could hardly pull him off. The elder was obviously dead from being mashed into the wall.” In Oklahoma, two...

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pp. 23-24


E-ISBN-13: 9780874218336
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874211146

Page Count: 28
Publication Year: 1981