Matt Page is no slacker. He’s motivated. Instead of being just a “Good Samaritan,” he is striving to become a “Great Samaritan.” Whereas “most people know all the words to a few select hymns, [he knows] the first line of many different hymns.” He confesses that he is “white but not delightsome.” He will testify “The Church is true. But I’m still not going to stake conference.”
In August 2008, Page, a Utah-based graphic designer and illustrator, began My Religious Blog, subtitled “The Substandard Works of a Utah-Mormon” as an outlet for posting random thoughts and Mormon cultural musings that arise as his mind wanders occasionally (read that as “frequently”) during church meetings. The blog has been steadily gaining fans from all points on the Mormon spectrum. They groan at terrible puns—he’s thinking about “writing a movie about a werewolf who joins the Church after reading the Book of Mormon. It’s called Lycan the Scriptures. They consider his ideas—presented complete with sample images—for new video games. For example, his version of PacMan has the eponymous character following Joseph Smith’s instruction in D&C 129 to extend a hand toward the brightly colored ghosts he encounters in the maze in order to test what kind of spirit beings they are. They knowingly sigh at admissions such as: “I know we are not supposed to go against the teachings of the Church or voice our dissenting opinions, but I have a confession: I personally do not hope to endure all things,” and, “I guess I would have to say my favorite stage of the Pride Cycle is the stage where I am rich and prosperous.”
Putting his design skills to good use, Page often creates illustrations to enhance his observations. For instance, a recent spoof of the Church’s “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign features a man’s fist bearing brass knuckles that have “CTR” emblazoned over each hump. Its caption: “I’m a thug, a bully, a street fighter . . . and I’m a Mormon!” Another shows a “Facsimile from the Book of Waldo” with the lament that “Some things were a lot easier back then.”
My Religious Blog has recently spawned two spin-offs. Inspired by the wild success of PostSecret, Page has launched its natural successor for Mormons who have been conditioned to balk at any charge of “secrecy”: PostSacred. Begun in October 2010, this new site features postcard images containing such confessions as “Sometimes I call the Ensign the ‘Nsun,’” or (written on top of a picture of Glenn Beck), “I Used to Get Excited when there were Mormons on TV. Now I want nothing more than for Mormons to never be on TV.” Page has also just added an online store, E Pluribus Mormon, where Latter-day Saints who share his sense of humor can order shirts and merchandise with images and slogans sprung from his creative (read that as: “wandering”) mind.
To find My Religious Blog and its spinoff sites, visit www.myregisblog.com. (Yes, the website’s name has “regis” instead of “religious”—but that’s a story explained in the blog’s first post).