Mormons fast on the first Sunday of every month—except when they don't. Are Latter-day Saints beginning to fast from fasting?
"I am learning how to be uncomfortable" in a Mormon fast, says guest blogger Mette Harrison. "I am learning that I don’t have to have answers or to feel spiritually ecstatic."
Mormons are tied for first place in well-being among all religious groups. A recent master's thesis outlines 5 reasons for this, and also explores a paradox: How can Mormons be so happy while having high rates of antidepressant use?
Mormons believe that if we are to become like Christ, one thing we must learn to do is to die and be reborn. Fasting is that lesson for us, month in and month out.
I don’t think any Mormons should be exempt from fasting, whether they are sick, pregnant, nursing, old, traveling, or recovering from an eating disorder. The problem is not the expectation that we should fast once a month. The problem is the all-or-nothing way that Mormons tend to go about it.