Mormon Family selected as World's Strictest Parents

A new TV show called World's Strictest Parents has shown up on CMT. As I was watching the other day, you can imagine my surprise when a family knelt down in prayer and I immediately recognized the Mormon phrases. A short time later the family said they were Mormon. Wow, I thought, this might be very interesting.

In World's Strictest Parents two unruly teenagers are taken from their families and dropped into the lives of a family with very strict parents. The disrespectful and/or lazy teens are supposed to learn lessons from the strict family that their own parents wish them to learn.

The Cork family said their nightly prayers, enforced their rules on modesty, and asked the children to keep their language curse word free. The young women of the family were very articulate explaining why they did what they did.

The Cork family had two main rules:
  • Respect each other
  • Teamwork
In an ironic twist, as the two teens were driving to the house. Julie (16) turned to Sebastian (16) and said, "They might be Mormon or Amish or something..."

It was a good glimpse into the hearts and minds of a family from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. Cork and the guests visited a woman with two children and helped clean her house. The two teenagers did the dishes, swept the floor, and cooked up dinner for the kids. Mormons tend to be doers, engaged in community and aware of those around them.

The Corks talked about the sweet child they had adopted from China. Which I found interesting since President Barak Obama just announced on Saturday May 16, 2009 that Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. of Utah will be the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Incidentally, Mr. Huntsman and his family also adopted a child from China. The story appeared to have a strong impact on Sebastian - he was amazed at how quickly a change had occurred in the little girl.

This show was very good. It was inspiring on so many levels. Julie appeared to transform in some ways and Sebastian, the teenage boy, really stepped up to the plate with regard to service. Sebastian started the show repeatedly calling the Corks "cheesy". He ended the show stepping up and realizing that he has an abundance of power to help others. They even showed the family praying with their guests a few times. Julie's Mom's prayers appeared to be answered. As Julie realized that family is the most important thing. Again, I thought it was a great show. The only thing lacking in this show, is a follow up on how the two visitors are doing.

Hat tip to the Cork family and their two guests.

Honestly, I don't understand why people have an issue electing a Mormon to the White House.


appreciable said...

Dear Fleeting_Thoughts

I thought that this was an excellent message and review of this show. I think that parents have a tremendous influence and responsiblity in the lives of their children!

Thank you so much for sharing these excellent observations and thoughts.


-Appreciable Goodfaithpoet

jesusisthegoodshepherd said...

Great post! I imagine the love the Corks showed these two teenagers allowed them to open their hearts.

Here are a few thoughts that have always impacted me when it comes to how we treat others:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

"If you treat a man as he is, thus he will remain, but if you treat him as what he can become, it will enable change".

"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care".

Fleeting_Thoughts said...

I have to admit I felt inspired to be a better parent myself. Thanks for the quotes.