Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Four Centuries of Mormon Stories -- "Oaxaca" is here today!
I happy to be hosting today’s discussion of one of the 12 finalists in the Four Centuries of Mormon Stories contest from Everyday Mormon Writer. You can find the text of today’s story “Oaxaca,” by Anneke Garcia, here. Please click on the link, read the story, and the come back to discuss! (If you’d like to check out the other stories posted so far, click here.)
As I think about "Oaxaca," I’m influenced by my own experience as an expat attending non-English speaking units of the church, certainly as a missionary, but also with my family in Latin American and in Asia. I find myself wondering how the Relief Society president would think of me and my family.
As you read the story, think about what resonates with you and tell us about it in your comments.
How does “Oaxaca” present universal themes despite (or because of) its remote setting?
How would the story change in a different setting (for instance if this were a story of a North American Relief Society president with immigrants in her U.S. ward)?
What issues of an increasingly international church does the story reveal?
How do themes of isolation and unity reveal themselves?
BTW, you can find my latest post at Real Intent, “Venus & Mars and the Empty Bucket,” here.