Fiction Friday: Novelines from the Book

Opening the door to the elders had been like lifting the lid of Pandora’s box.

In all the years we’d lived in Green Haven, we’d never had company. We were close to no one but ourselves. The Church changed all of that.

We did not cast the pearls of our personal lives before swine, but before these glorious pigeons who brought us messages from Kolob.

We all had different ideas of what Heaven would be, & I often wondered how many good people had died, only to be trapped in someone else’s.

Heaven for Mother was to be with Patrick again, David, to be with her, but in the LDS faith, only men could be sealed to more than one spouse.

When the elders spoke of eternal marriage, Mother’s eyes lit up like the sun, where the celestial kingdom—the highest level of Heaven—was.

The elders added eternity to the years of my life. Through their eyes, I began to see how seductive the idea of life everlasting could be.

The concept of eternal marriage was foreign to me—like the idea of spending 3 hours a week, worshipping a Deity so He would take us back.

The elders were invited for a “second date”, as Caitlin put it. They had been gentlemen, & Mother saw a future with them.

When the elders transferred out to another area, taking their spirit with them, I prayed Mother would be free from continuing this charade.

Logline for Because of Mindy Wiley An Irish-Catholic girl coming of age in the Deep South during the New Millennium finds her family splintered when two Mormon missionaries come to her door, their presence and promise unearthing long-buried family secrets, which lead to her excommunication and exile.

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