Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Playing cards

It’s not as big a thing as it was when i was younger, i think, but as i recall a lot of Mormons got really into the idea that face cards are evil, so that not just games like poker and blackjack are out, but also go fish and war.

Myself, i simply adhere to a religious prohibition against number cards, thus saving me from the evils of Skipbo and Uno.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

Uno's fun. It's one of the few games I'll play lol Phase 10 is good, too.

Seriously, though, I once asked a youth leader WHY card games were bad and the reply was, basically, because and if you have to ask then there's something wrong with you. No mention of gambling or anything else. Actually, I've never quite figured out why so many are against ALL card games.

David B said...

Joseph Fielding Smith felt that face cards were evil because they were associated with gambling. Many of JFS's cultural ideas, including that one, made it into his son-in-law Bruce R. McConkie's book Mormon Doctrine. Mormon Doctrine sold well, thereby proving that everything in it is Truth.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

Now, why coudn't a youth leader have told me THAT? Or even just the gambling part?

It's like the whole "heavy petting" thing. Considering I still don't exactly know what heavy petting is, you can imagine me sitting in YW and the leaders telling us not to do any heavy petting. Or necking. I still don't know what that is either. My friends and I would say to each other later "Do you know what that is?" and we'd be like "no" but it sounded bad, so we weren't going to ask what it was, that's for sure!