USA Today and the Star Tribune), and everyone will enjoy it and learn a little about how to truly succeed in life.
Mortality is built around gospel principles as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, no LDS background is necessary in order to play, enjoy, or win the board game, which makes it a wonderful missionary activity. It's great for parties and mixers. Get a game going with your friends, and you'll find yourselves laughing over the troubles each player meets: Your children come home from school with lice; a hailstorm wipes out your tomato plants; you break your arm on the kids' jungle gym; mice invade your teenage son's stash of Twinkies. If you have enough inner strength, you'll grow from each of these challenges. Otherwise, they may do you in!
Warm up to the other players as you invite each other over for dinner, as you happen to bump into them for a "visit," as you administer to the sick, take turns being the bishop, or counsel over financial difficulties. Run to fellowship the player who has lost all his testimonies, and you will gain more strength for yourself.
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Mortality is an uplifting LDS board game about life rather than strictly a "church" board game. It isn't made to teach a list of "facts" about the gospel. Instead, gospel principles are woven into its very fabric. It doesn't give any advantage to the scriptorians or historians. Succeeding at the game requires cooperation, caring for other players, knowing how to build a solid foundation in one's youth, and an understanding of how faith and testimony help you endure trials, and any player who approaches it in this manner can win.
This LDS game is great at fostering friendly interaction among the players. Even the losers enjoy it, because they tend to end up being the focus of charitable efforts by the other players. Succeeding requires strategy, luck, and advance planning.It teaches LDS values, including the importance of building a foundation that will withstand the adversities of life, the value that hardships can have in building testimony, and the benefits of selfless service. Yes, there is competition in Mortality, because there is a winner, and that's a big part of the entertainment value. But a great part of the fun is in the joking that surrounds the dealing together with experiences and trials as you play, that are so much a part of life, but are presented in a somewhat humorous way.
Mortality takes about an hour to an hour-and-a-half to play, depending on the experience and luck of the players. It requires a minimum of three players and up to six can play. Young children can be helped to play it, but truly understanding it requires an age of at least eight.
You start playing in the childhood section. Here you gain points or "Testimonies" as they are called, strictly by chance, based on what your family does. From there you enter the youth section. As a youth, you begin making decisions on your own that can help you later on or be a detriment to your later progress. You can serve as a missionary, go on dates, and either get a civil marriage or a temple marriage. Avoiding a civil marriage may require some careful advance planning in order to avoid landing on the "civil marriage" square. From there you move into the adult section. One player gets to be the bishop. This assignment may pass from player to player depending on what happens. As you move around in the adult section, you encounter trials of faith. Depending on how many Testimonies you already have, these trials can hurt you or help you. You also have an opportunity to help other players, for which you will gain even more Testimonies. The first player with 150 Testimonies "finishes mortality" and is the winner.
Mortality has been played and enjoyed for over twenty years. This is the first published version, produced by Mapletree Publishing Company in Denver, Colorado.a publishing company dedicated to producing quality books that uplift and inspire.
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