Many were called, and 8 were chosen. But only 4 get to keep playing.
The win-loss results of the Sweet 16 vote were largely unsurprising, with possibly the exception of Moses falling to Enoch and Hyrum losing to Emma. However, the magnitude of some victories was a bit shocking to me–especially the all-1st Presidency match-up between Uchtdorf-Eyring, where the 2nd Counselor took 85% of the vote. Hal, we love you still!
For Modern Mormon Prophets Region, two men who have won handily in every match so far will finally meet–it’s Elder Holland vs. President Uchtdorf, and something’s gotta give. In the Ancient Scripture Region, Father Adam and Moses gave way to John the Beloved and Enoch, so it’s New Testament vs. Old Testament, with only an arbitrary click of your mouse to determine who is better.
Over in the Early Mormonism Region, my hopes for an all-female regional final were dashed, as Brother Joseph topped Eliza R. Snow. Similarly, any dreams of brother-vs-brother final went the way of all the Earth when Emma stomped Hyrum firmly under her boot. So, in the end, we get what we probably needed: Joseph and Emma in one final battle.
In the False Prophets Region, Options were Weighed; Votes were Cast; A Statement was Made: Jon McNaughton beat Satan. Having put down the master himself, surely our much maligned Painter of Tripe can overcome Satan’s wussy henchmen, the Priests of Baal?
Voting is open until Sunday, and the Final Four vote begins on Monday, where we will see Modern Mormon Prophets face off against Ancient Scripture, and Early Mormonism against False Prophets.