As a Latter-day Saint, it is easy to recognize the many (many) Mormon themes and elements in Seventh Son, but only because we were told to keep an eye out for it. So I have to wonder, if I hadn’t been purposefully looking for Mormon themes, could I have picked up on them on my own or would this story be just like any other science fiction/fantasy story, no relation to Mormonism whatsoever? Furthermore, does including so many LDS themes (because in my opinion this book is loaded with them) a good thing or a bad thing? Could Orson Scott Card have written this book without including any LDS elements and still relate the message of the story effectively? If he could, then why would he include so many Mormon themes? Maybe the question isn’t why, but why not? After all, he is LDS himself, and as Martha Bartter re-states Colling’s observation, “Card is so steeped in LDS traditions that he cannot avoid the viewpoint and assumptions of a lifetime” (158). How can any LDS not include Mormon elements in their works when it is our way of living? Therefore, including these LDS viewpoints and elements in this story, is not a bad thing (even though there is just a little too much in my opinion) as long as it helps serve the main purpose of the story.This story is about struggles and perseverance and as a Mormon, Card would know about this seeing as his own family and pioneer ancestors went through it, so it would make sense for him to weave these Mormon elements throughout the story. Besides, it is not as if he’s trying to convince or convert anyone to the Mormon faith by including these elements in his stories. Yet, it is interesting to point out Colling’s implication that perhaps “science fiction is the best (perhaps the only) vehicle to carry the fundamentals of Mormonism to the Gentiles; or perhaps…science fiction readers are those best fitted to appreciate the LDS beliefs that underlie Card’s work” (Bartter 159). If this is the case then, Card’s achievement is noteworthy.