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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : Happiness is a Warm ____________ » Happiness is a Warm ____________

Happiness is a Warm ____________

David - July 10, 2010

I have a confession to make: I don’t like the moniker, “The Plan of Happiness.” I much prefer “Plan of Salvation.” When did they change it, anyway? Or was it always the alternate title? The Plan of Happiness sounds too much to me like something Deepak Chopra or Suzanne Somers would use. The Plan of Happiness Laguna Beach Diet. The Plan of Salvation sounds like a road map to heaven. The Plan of Happiness sounds like a pitch. When I hear it, I cringe, like when someone begins their testimony with, “Brothers and sisters… Aloooooo-haa!”

Once when I was something like 17, a group of us went to Gepetto’s on a Friday night, and the place was jumping. On the stage a guy was playing acoustic guitar, singing an enthusiastic number along the lines of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” or “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and the people were clapping along and whooping, many with beer on their tables. My friend Julie gazed about the room woefully and said, “These people aren’t happy. Not really.” Certainly not at our table.

Even after joining the church, it bothers me when members act like they’re the really happy ones and everyone else just pretends to be happy. It’s not as bad as it used to be– particularly in Utah– but they’re still out there (news flash: I wasn’t a manic depressive schizophrenic before my baptism. After I read Miracle of Forgiveness, however…).

I mean, I get it. Millions of lost souls roam the planet looking for the true happiness that can only be found through the Gospel. But to trademark it in such a way feels awkward, like it belongs in the self-help section at Borders.  It’s like when we weren’t supposed to call ourselves “Mormons” anymore.

Hey, Dave, I heard you were a Mormon.

I’m a Latter-Day Saint.

What’s that?

I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Oh, sorry. I thought you were a Mormon.

I am.

But… you said…

Maybe I’m just being sensitive. I’ve always had a beef with the Church’s “packaging” and with members’ exploiting the religion with merchandise. DeseretBook.com sends me into tailspins of incredulity– and I’m a capitalist!

Well, whatever. If “Plan of Happiness” works to get the elect on board (and the “It Came to Pass” card game helps lay solid foundations for the kids), then who am I to rain on the parade?

14 Comments »

  1. I like Plan of Salvation and being Mormon myself. I just figured I don’t like change (unless there’s a reason…..like going to the block schedule or something like that).

    Comment by jks — July 10, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  2. Um, I don’t think there’s been any repackaging here. I have long thought that thought that “Plan of Happiness” was one of the scriptural names for that-which-was-prepared-from-the-beginning. See Alma 42:8, 16; compare Jarom 1:2; Alma 24:14, 42:5; Moses 6:62 (Plan of Salvation); and Alma 34:31 (Plan of Redemption).

    Comment by Coffinberry — July 10, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  3. How about “Great Plan of the Eternal God?” Alma 34:9.

    You know, Alma can call it whatever he wants, but Plan of Happiness sounds a little hokey to me too.

    My friend Julie gazed about the room woefully and said, “These people aren’t happy. Not really.” Certainly not at our table.

    Even after joining the church, it bothers me when members act like they’re the really happy ones and everyone else just pretends to be happy. It’s not as bad as it used to be– particularly in Utah– but they’re still out there (news flash: I wasn’t a manic depressive schizophrenic before my baptism. After I read Miracle of Forgiveness, however…).

    Very, very funny. And right on.

    Comment by MCQ — July 11, 2010 @ 1:41 am

  4. I’ve always preferred the Plan of Salvation. The Plan of Happiness has a slightly cultish ring to it. It’s a little “off.”

    Comment by meems — July 11, 2010 @ 7:04 am

  5. “everyone pretends to be happy.”

    Once in Sunday school it was said that because non’lDS were not married in the temple their marriages were not truly happy, or good for that matter, That really bothered me especially since quite a few there had pretty hollow marriages themselves. I think it is related to pride and the great downfall that awaits us.

    As for happiness my favorite quote:
    You can’t say happiness without saying penis.

    Comment by TStevens — July 11, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  6. Tstevens :)

    My friend had a cousin who’d lost a little girl–I can’t remember the illness. Anyway, she came back to visit the dad and he asked “Is the church true?” And she said, “well, over here we call it the plan.”

    Comment by annegb — July 11, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

  7. David, I think you’re still behind the curve. I believe it is now properly referred to as “the great plan of happiness.”

    Comment by Dave — July 11, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  8. See here.

    Comment by Dave — July 11, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  9. Cannot agree more, David. I’m not against everything Deseretbook does/sells but I’m with you on that one as well. (speaking of that, you should all by the game Hagoth: Builder of Ships. Best Mormon board game ever, which I know isn’t saying much but it’s true:) I think that’s why Pres. Hinckley’s comments about taking all the good you have and seeing if we can add to it is so much more appropriate.

    Comment by Bret — July 11, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

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  11. Still waiting for the tie in to The Beatles White Album song that keeps going through my head because of the post title.

    Comment by jks — July 11, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

  12. I know it’s in the BofM but I agree that it sounds like marketing more than doctrine.

    Comment by KLC — July 12, 2010 @ 9:59 am

  13. David: I don’t like the moniker, “The Plan of Happiness.” I much prefer “Plan of Salvation.”

    What’s the substantive difference between to the two? Isn’t lasting misery really what we are hoping to be saved from to begin with?

    Comment by Geoff J — July 13, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

  14. leaving the English moniker behind… Im just curious what God actual calls his plan… in his language.

    ps Seth, I found you through a comment you made on my husbands anti mormon blog… thankyou for your positive feedback towards the church. It was refreshing :)

    Comment by AshleyElizabeth — July 30, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

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