An evil and corrupt religion/cult. These people are only misunderstood in the way that instead of being just naive or ignorant. They are one of the most prejudiced groups of people I have ever seen.
I've lived in Mesa, Arizona for half my life, been to at least ten churches, and I have never been exposed to such ignorant or sexist people in my life. I only say these things because my dad's side of the family since the founding of the cult, have been a member (my great-great-grandfather helped founded Thatcher, Arizona).
All the seemingly superstitious elements that are played down and shrugged off like misunderstood traditions are real. All returned missionaries are given secret names that only they themselves can know until they 'reunite' with their family in heaven. Big Love the tv series touches on these subjects.
As evidence that they are unforgiving and vicious people, my father was excommunicated for marrying a divorced woman with a child. He was outcast, left to fend for himself without any familial support. His family didn't speak to him for 10 years, and his name was disparaged throughout the church. This was why he and my mother moved away to the east coast.
When they moved back to Arizona, they tried to integrate themselves back in the church but eventually realized this was not the religion for them.
Mormons might as well be Amish for the way they treat their women. Women are taught to sew, cook, clean, please her man, and basically become the servant to him, and create tons of 'god's children'. If you have less then four children, you are looked down upon. Any woman with leadership skills or a desire to be more than a housewife is told to be obedient and read the scripture.
Mormons are stupid, they are brainwashed sheep that have no self desire or freewill. They'll believe anything the church tells them to and condemn anyone who asks why they should believe what their told.
And polygamy isn't dead. The church has it stated in a document sealed within the central church in Utah that church leaders never gave up polygamy and only went along with it to save face. Leaders of the mormon religion still believe they should have multiple wives but if that got out it would reveal the religion as a bunch of liars.
Those manipulating, POS assholes also stole my idea of becoming a god when you die. Not in their definition, but close enough.
Ted: "Hey! I want to be a Mormon!"
Bob: "What, so you can have a fake name and believe in a guy who's church rituals come from the freemasons and found gold tablets with holy scripture carved into it, just lying somewhere in the forest?"
Ted: "...Well, maybe the secret name part..."
97% of the people in Utah.
.003% of the people anywhere else.
These really really nice, clean-living people who believe some pretty weird stuff.
"Well I usually try to be good, but I'm no Mormon"
1. 99% live in Utah.
2. Napoleon Dynamite is their hero.
3. believe green jello is a sacred food.
4. have 28045345.5 kids.
5. use slang curse words: oh my ____ (heck, gosh, fetch...)
6. pretty much have the hottest girls around...
Oh my gosh are the Smiths mormons?! We better have a party so they can bring some frickin' sweet green jello!...
The slang term used to refer to members of the LDS
I gave the nice Mormon missionaries cookies, and then told them to go away.
A very nice, generous, misunderstood group of non-gay, mostly white people. They don't practice polygamy or have multiple wives except after death where men can have as many wives as they want. They try to do the best they can in life. They're not perfect and don't think they're perfect unless but they do think they are better than non-Mormons. They strive to work hard and get through life without much trouble. They don't put down other religions, at least not to your face. They don't think you'll go to hell unless you're gay or you're in a different religion. They believe everyone has a chance to have eternal salvation, except the gays, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings, and that Christ created the Earth for straight Mormons only. They think they're Christian. They don't think Joseph Smith (the translator of the book of Mormon) is a god, just equal with Jesus. They also believe he is a prophet of God. They aren't here to overtake the world, even though their doctrine says they are. They try to allow everyone who would like to hear about their church to hear about it. And they also try to allow everyone who would NOT like to hear about it, hear about it as well. They understand that it's your choice to join or not and they don't force it upon you. However, they'll force you to join once you're dead so why fight it now? I know these things are true and I say them in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.more...
People who believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; also (less accurately) known as the Mormon religion. Being Christian, (for they believe in and accept Christ as their Savior, and also strive to live a Christ-centered and Christ-like life), they also believe that Jesus Christ is what the Bible says He is: the son of God the Father. They do not believe in the Trinity, but rather the Godhead: that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are physically seperate but one in purpose. Many Mormons live in Utah, but the religion is practiced throughout the world. They believe in the Bible and also the Book of Mormon. They believe that the church of Jesus Christ (the same church/religion that Christ established when He came to this world) was restored to its fullness by Joseph Smith through the power of God for the preparation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Mormons are people too, yo.
Apparently a very misunderstood religion. Lets get the easy stuff out of the way first: "Mormon" becasuse they have ANOTHER TESTAMENT of JC titled "The Book of Mormon"; they only people practicing polygamy are "fundementalist Mormons" who are not associated with the Mormon Religion at all (Mormons are not polygamists); Actual name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, LDS for short; and last of all not all of them wear name tags or ride bikes.
Now Joseph Smith (founder) is believed to be a prophet, like moses or ezikiel. He is not worshiped only respected. They still have a prophet to day, who serves until he dies and then the next in line is chosen. He is believed to have been guided by a prophet from the past to a set of golden plates hidden in the woods of new york 100s of years ago. He excavated them, translated them and found them to COMPLIMENT the Bible not contridict it. And through many periods of Divine instruction formed what him and his followers belived to be the closest religion to what JC had when he was in Israel. The BoM does not contridict the bible except to those who interpret it to do so.
Church. They only go for Three hours each sunday, where they recieve instruction from each other not one assigned preacher. As well as partake of the sacrament, very similar to many other christian religions. During the week each age group has and Activity. (i.e. youth, adults, children) designed to enhance brotherhood and faith...
People who won't stop coming to my doorstep to tell me the good news.
*I walk to the door... open it, and I am greeted by Mormons.*
MORMON # 1
Hello, I'm Malachi and this is my friend Bob. We're here to tell you the good news!
MORMON # 2
Well sir, we're from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We want to tell you all about the Book of Mormon!
MORMON # 1
Do you mind if we come in, sir?
...I guess so?
-5 hours later-
MORMON # 2
Now that you've been read the complete, unabridged Book of Mormon, how would you like to join our Church?
Oh, no thanks, I've got... agnosticism.