Today at Segullah we have been given the opportunity to host the discussion for the final short story in the Four Centuries of Mormon Stories Contest created by the Everyday Mormon Writer. For the last two weeks, the site has been posting a short story per day for discussion (you can read the rest of the contest entries here–take time to do it because there are some real gems in there).
Today’s short story, titled “Waiting” by Katherine Cowley, takes issues familiar to Latter-day Saint women and transports them far into the future. Click here to go read the story, then come back to Segullah to discuss. We’ve created a few questions for discussion, but you can say anything you would like about the story.
1. Does the futuristic setting make it harder or easier for you to identify with the protagonist?
2.Do you think that even though technology changes, people are still essentially the same, or do different ways of interaction affect the ways we view others? If we could get together with women from 200 years ago, would we really relate to each other? What if we were to get together with the women in this story?
3. What times in your life have you found yourself ‘waiting’? If you were Jayla’s visiting teacher, what would you do for her or say to her?