• Allyssa Wheaton-Rodriguez

    Love this. Adorable.

  • kmpinkel

    what’s short for a Mormon with rules? A Mule!

  • http://ferryfolk.com Danalan

    52 rules isn’t that many. Are you sure it was only 52?

  • Lindzgrl

    I’m kind of hating on that self-righteous “I go to church” girl on Leta’s behalf. But also feeling really bad about hating on a nine-year-old.

  • Lisa Bizzle

    I want to Wiccan ritual it up with you guys next time I’m in Utah.

  • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

    When you’ve got that many rules, you have to shovel a lot of shit.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thankfully the guest bedroom is NOT in the basement. You are welcome any time!

  • Heather Armstrong

    According to Wikipedia, only 52.

  • KristenfromMA

    You win! Everyone else can go home.

  • Deminimis

    52 mules, one for each week of that year in which they had enough food to support 148 people. Wait! Maybe that’s why they had so many mules… They ate one a week.

  • Anne D.

    This makes me smile so much. Like this big =)

  • Becky

    more reliable soure…the “Church” or the internet?
    I’m thinkin’ it’s a toss-up at best ;)

  • Lauren3

    Rock on Gigi, you badass.

  • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

    I needed that laugh/snortle. Wiccans don’t have rules, you are so right! Did she mention my home town of Liberty, Missouri by any chance? I can always tell who’s Mormon based on the lights that go off in peoples’ eyes when I say where I’m from. Such a hoot. The only thing I knew growing up was Mormon’s couldn’t have pop which I thought rocked because I’ve never liked the stuff.

    Random but somewhat relevant side note since you discussed people you’re related to: I’m not related to them, but my great grandmother housed Bonnie and Clyde. Her words, “That Clyde was a good fella, but that Bonnie was a bitch.”

  • http://www.happyfoodhealthylife.com/ Holly Waterfall

    Thank you Gigi for bringing me hope in our future generations. Maybe Utah will find a way to turn itself around with more “rule haters” like you

  • Sharon Harville Sullivan

    Clearly it was only 52 because the smarty pants who GOES TO CHURCH did not correct Leta.

  • greenplanner

    What? Kids today still use index cards? No Prezi or Powerpoint?

  • Heather Armstrong

    There was a keynote presentation on a screen behind her. Old school notecards in her hands just in case she needed them.

  • Torchness

    Did I miss it, did you go see Book of Mormon? Just perfection.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Congratulations to Leta and her mom for acing the presentation. All those mules to carry boxes of bibles to thwack nonconformist’s I bet.

  • http://lismitchell.blogspot.com/ Pixelfish

    I was probably That Child in elementary school. Man, I didn’t just have a stick up my ass, I had an entire sequoia.

  • readiness

    I nearly snorted my drink out my nose. Well done!

  • MM

    OMG ,when I saw that slice of a photo; Leta as a 20 yr old! …. a beautiful young woman … so soon! Of course when I clicked on the post and saw the puppy flannel p.j’s, my view of Leta skewed back to childhood ……thank goodness… but wow…in a flash, time goes by so fast

    Cheers to you and your wonderful little family
    bisous from Montreal

  • rachel

    Oh gawd that sooooo takes me back to literally every moment off elementary school and the constant fear that people would find that my family “doesn’t go to church!” (Said in a whisper of horror, of course.) They can all suck it, and being an unapologetic non-church going adult in Utah is the bomb.

  • Meghan Moore

    small world. My great grandfather was part of the posse chasing Bonnie and Clyde when they came through Fort Worth, Texas.

  • B

    Oh man….this is what makes me sad about some Mormons. Their lack of tact! For instance, the other day a friend of mine was telling me that a new girl at work eyed another coworkers coffee and said “ooh, what is that?” The coworker said “it’s a tall skinny vanilla latte.” Girl says “oh, I don’t drink coffee because i’m MORMON.” Here’s what she should have said…”oh, that sounds good!” or “ooh, i bet that’s warm on a cold day” or maybe just not be so self righteous?? And THIS is coming from a MORMON. :) I am also thankful for Gigi. God bless Leta and her courage. :)

  • http://ferryfolk.com Danalan

    I thought Mormonism had way more Rules. Huh.

  • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

    LOL Even smaller…I lived in Fort Worth for awhile :)

  • Meghan Moore

    lol back in the 30′s my great grandfather was considered the Mayor of Handley before it was incorporated into Fort Worth.

  • Amy J.

    Heather, this kind of thing…I think they call it passive agressiveness, ahem…is not limited to just Mormons. We do not go to church and both of my girls have been ridiculed (both overtly and subtly) by their fellow students for being “heathens” (my word, not theirs). My pat answer for them to reply with has always been this, “My mother told me that you don’t have to be in a church to believe in God. He created the world as a temple for us.” The. End. ; ) Just wait girl…you think fourth grade girls are assholes. It gets SO much worse by sixth grade (when they are ridiculed by other 11 year olds for not waxing!!!”

  • Lady J

    Whoot!..we’re probably related…that being said, my 4th grade would rather write about your butt than any of our relatives.

  • Robyn

    This was probably one of the funniest posts yet, I SWEAR!!!! I don’t know why, but Gigi cracked me the HELL up!! I needed that snort tonight more than you know!

  • http://www.frivjogo.info/ Friv Jogos

    A good question, and those who are experienced in that you can answer the most straightforward.

  • Jennifer Cafferty-Davis

    This MADE my day! Great post – I’m still snorting ;)

  • talonsage

    Eh, I don’t feel that bad. Nine year olds can be real jerks.

  • talonsage

    That is AWESOME. And btw Ripley would have totally backed Leta on the research thing AND refuted anything learned in church. Because I’m an educated self-worshiping heathen and my kid has a thing about rudeness when other people are giving presentations. And she enjoys correcting people when they’re clearly wrong AND rude!

    (We’re working on that.)

    Gigi, you are AWESOME!! (not to overuse that word or anything…)

  • http://www.thriftstoremama.com/ Thrift Store Mama

    Just moved into a neighborhood in the Denver suburbs that is evidently MORMON MECCA as evidenced by all the Mormons living here. As a progressive and non self righteous but pretty devout Catholic, I’ve been having tons of fun invoking the name of “Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother” whenever they say “Heavenly Father” (but seriously they are the NICEST people and are always willing to stop and chat for a minute or give me an ingredient for a recipe.)