A Marvelous Work and A Trauma: An Examination of Narratives Among Latter-Day Saint Sister Missionaries


Maygan Barker (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

This presentation explores trauma narratives among Latter-Day Saint Sister missionaries, with special consideration to the intersection of genre and worldview. I propose that trauma narratives expose four units of worldview, namely: 1) The "righteous" are blessed and the "wicked" are punished. 2) If you are suffering it is because you have sinned. 3) If someone who is righteous is suffering, it must be an experience that will make them a better person. 4) Suffering should increase testimony of the organizational church. With genre and worldviews established, I then provide an analysis of the ways trauma narratives subvert these folk beliefs and complicate notions of Mormon identity.

Part of 61-03 Religious Expressions of Faith, Trauma, and Critique, Saturday, October 23, 8:30 am–10:00 am