9/3/09

Mormon myths



Once someone approached me and told me they didn't know members of the LDS church were allowed to wear jeans. Another friend thought that the Church tells us how many kids to have. What myths have you heard about Mormons?

17 comments:

  1. These are all things I have been told recently. I don't know if any of them are true. Some I know aren't true.

    1) Mormons have higher rates of genetic disorders than most people because of inbreeding over the years (small communities, not marrying siblings).

    2) Women are to be subservient to their husbands in all ways.

    3) (Anecdote, more than a myth) One set of Mormon grandparents had 1000 offspring at a recent family reunion in Arizona.

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  2. Oh my goodness, number 1 above cracked me up!!! And I'd like to see what my hubby thinks of #2, he'd probably laugh hysterically. That's definitely not happening in our house.
    Great clip. i love it.
    Some I've heard are:
    *The Mormon church owns the Pepsi Cola Company.
    *We don't celebrate Holidays.(I suppose they're just getting us confused with other religions on that one)

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  3. Oh, and I remember this time after I donated blood, my neighbor thought it had something to do with some kind of REQUIRED blood sacrifice he'd heard of. What the?

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  4. I've heard Mormons get paid to be Mormons-that's the best kind of tithing I've ever heard of!
    My mother always told me that Mormon wives are completely subserviant to their husbands and have no opinions of their own. Funny because if you look around at all the Mormon bloggers you'll see they're not mindless wife drones. (It's also funny because my mother is one of the most subserviant wives I've ever know and she's not Mormon!).

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  5. I was once vacationing back east with my Grandparents and someone asked me if I was with my real Grandma. At first I was confused, what do you meam my "real" Grandma? Then then said "You know your real Grandma, or is it one of your Grandpa's other wives." I was totally dumbfounded and the speaker was very serious. Once I got over the shock I explained to the person that my Grandps only had one wife and that Mormons don't pratice polygamy!

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  6. StrivingSimply,

    2) Here’s a quote from Gordon B. Hinkley, the most recent prophet and president of the church, until his death in January of 20008. (The current prophet and president is Thomas S. Monson.)

    “In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are coequals.” (October 1996 general conference)

    Growing up as a boy in the church, I can assure you (and everyone) that boys are never taught that their wives should be subservient to them.

    3) Wow. I’ve known quite a few large families, but that one seems a bit exaggerated. For perspective, the largest Mormon families I saw while growing up had between 10-12 children. (My aunt and uncle have more than ten children, I also have a sister-in-law who has more than 10 siblings.)

    If we assume that the grandparents had 12 children, and each of them had 12 children, that’s still only 154 descendants (counting the spouses of the children). If we start counting great-grandchildren, you’d still have to have something like: 12 children, all married, each of whom had 12 children, all married, all of whom (on average) had 5 children. At that point, you hit 1032 descendants (including spouses).

    Not that Mormon’s don’t have large families – some of them do. My own family reunions are quite large. Hitting 1000, though, seems unlikely.

    1) Hmmm… I’ve actually never heard that one. I just did some poking around to see if I could find anything definitive, but the only things I came across are from people who don’t have anything to back up their commentary. I couldn’t find anything reputable, such as a report from a medical journal, or even a newspaper.

    Again, it seems unlikely. Keep in mind that there are over 13 million members of the church these days (here or here). There are also roughly 250,000 people a year joining the church who were not members before (converts). That’s a lot of new blood to be throwing into the mix.

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  7. Em,

    Sadly, I've heard the one about being paid to be a member of the church as well. Usually it stems from misunderstandings regarding the church welfare system.

    The church does help members of the church financially if they are having times of financial hardship - but, so does nearly every religion. They also ask that you pursue other means (savings, support from extended family, etc) first.

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  8. I think the genetic thing has to do with the RLDS in the small communities in AZ. There was a news report here locally (UT) about it a few years back.

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  9. I recenly had someone tell me that Mormons don't believe in birth control of any kind because it's preventing spirit children from coming to earth.

    The same person told me that Mormons believe the earth has only been around for 2000 years. This one REALLY made me laugh. It doesn't make sense in any way.

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  10. Just for clarification: I don't believe #2, I think Aimee was right about the origin of #1, and #3 was also in AZ. It's either a)not true or b)a polygamist sect that isn't really LDS.

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  11. When I went to my community church back in Arizona, there were a lot of misinformations spread about a lot of different people- including mormoms. I went on a tour of the Arizona temple and had missionaries come to my apartment after I left my community church, because I was determined to get the facts straight about all the types of people my old church taught me lies about.
    When the missionaries came to my house, I offered them tea to drink. Oops. Actually, I said, "I have mountain dew, tea and orange juice, which would you like?" Lol, they picked OJ.
    I am a firm believer now that you should only learn about a religious group or ethnic group (or whatever) straight from members of that group, not from evangelicals.

    By the way, Mrs. M, what is the official mormon stance on birth control? I know there is a movement now (the one the Duggar family is a part of) that is equating using birth control to having an abortion. But, they aren't Mormon.

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  12. Here's what the Church says about birth control:

    "Children are one of the greatest blessings in life, and their birth into loving and nurturing families is central to God’s purposes for humanity. When husband and wife are physically able, they have the privilege and responsibility to bring children into the world and to nurture them. The decision of how many children to have and when to have them is a private matter for the husband and wife."

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  13. In addition to what Mrs. Mordecai already mentioned, you can read more by clicking here.

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  14. Thanks! That makes a whole lot of sense, doesn't it? It's just about exactly how I feel. When I read things from the Duggars and other "quiverful" families, I totally agree, but I still don't want 19 kids!

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  15. I have heard that Mormons think Black people are from the devil/hell - So untrue and I think Mormons are prejudiced and practice bigotry.

    My recommendation is that if you really knew God, you would know that black, as well as whites are all God's children - and when we accept Christ and adopt his principles - heaven is for all of us who serve the kingdom - Not just the 'white!'

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  16. Anonymous:

    "If you really knew God, you would know that black, as well as whites are all God's children"

    I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, that's the same thing the LDS church teaches.

    Here's another quote from Gordon B. Hinkley, the most recent prophet and president of the church until his death in January of 2008. (The current prophet and president is Thomas S. Monson.)

    "We are sons and daughters of God, our Eternal Father. Did you ever stop to think of what that means, that each of us has something of divinity within ourselves? It does not matter the color of our skin or the color of our hair. Each of us comes into this world with a divine birthright as sons and daughters of God. And as certainly as we are sons and daughters of God, someday we will have to account to Him for the way we have lived our lives." [fireside, Fukuoka, Japan, 19 May 1996]

    I firmly believe, as you do, that God loves all people. It doesn't matter what race you are.

    Thanks for letting us clear up another misconception.

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  17. I have heard a lot of these, and some bizarre one, like Mormons have horns!

    Well, being Mormon myself, I can assure you that I nor any one I know has horns :)

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