I have written previously about this romantic time of year, and I continue to be intrigued by it. Valentine’s Day is not much in the way of a religious holiday. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, but it appears, even historically, to have little real connection to religion, despite the quiescent “St.” in its title.
It has even less connection to Mormonism, but at least around the Mormon corridor, it appears to be going strong. I’ve observed Valentine decorations on houses, schools, public transportation, businesses (of course) and just about every sort of public building. This got me thinking: Are Mormons, as a group, more romantic than people of other religions?
To my way of thinking, Mormonism should be the most romantic religion in existence—-we marry “for time and all eternity!” We have a history of marrying more than one person at the same time! What could be more romantic, right? But do those idiosyncrasies translate to more romantic feelings or behavior? Or does marriage “for time and all eternity” just make us more likely to procrastinate? (After all, there’s always the millenium and the spirit world to really connect as a couple, right?)
So here’s the way I have come up with to determine the answer: Do we, as Mormons, celebrate this most-romantic of holidays with more consistency or more vigor than people of other faiths? What are your thoughts and experiences, and more to the point: how do you celebrate this holiday? Now’s your chance to prove how romantic you are. Details, please!