Meetinghouses and temples all around the world are closed. General conference next week will be attended in person only by the speakers for each given session. These are unusual times for worship around the world, as community leaders try to buy medical professionals some time to understand the novel coronavirus and prepare hospitals to meet needs as well as they can.
Even with meetings canceled, though, this is no time to go on spiritual cruise control. Strange times raise important questions. We may not be able to meet as wards, but we need chances for reflection and worship as much as ever.
At the Mormon Lit Blitz, we’ve been inviting writers to think about Mormon life and possible Mormon futures since 2012. Like the oil in the parable of the ten virgins, we’re finding that past years’ writing has prepared us to process our present situation.
Here are some pieces, organized by topic, you might find it useful to read over the next few weeks.
Imagining the Church Facing Times of Crisis
Several Mormon Lit Blitz finalists have imagined how the Church might face major crises.
In Jonathon Penny’s “A Voice Not Crying In the Wilderness,” a zombie outbreak makes worship more restrained and reflective:
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Service and Stress
In times of crises, people are looking for ways to serve.
Katherine Cowley’s “Paradisiacal Glory” imagines service during the Millennium:
Laura Hilton Craner’s “The Primary Temple Trip” works both ward and temple into a single classic short short story:
Along the same lines, a period of social distancing might be a good time to think about what it’s like to be around a lot of people:
For those separated from close loved ones, Merrijane Rice’s “Mother” may feel timely:
Wm Morris’s “Last Tuesday” is about strange happenings:
And finally, Annalisa Lemmon’s “Death, Disability, or other Circumstance” is a story about dealing with disorienting change: