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What are Some Myths About Mormons?

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There are a number of myths about Mormons and their faith which are perpetuated by people who do not fully understand the doctrine and beliefs of adherents to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In addition to being wrong, some of these myths are also harmful, because they make it difficult to have an honest dialog about the faith, and what it means to be Mormon.

For one thing, there are several different branches of Mormonism that diverged from the original church that was restored by Joseph Smith in 1820, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or LDS. In addition to the LDS, there is also the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect which split in the mid-20th century. The Community of Christ, Church of Christ, and Church of Jesus Christ all also follow the teachings of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Members of various Mormon sects tend to reject the validity of others.

One of the most-commonly disseminated myths about Mormons is that they are polygamists. While early members of the Church did practice plural marriage, the practice was outlawed in 1890, and in fact polygamy is grounds for excommunication from the Church. Certain members of the FLDS do practice polygamy, but they do not represent the bulk of Mormons worldwide. Like many Christians, most Mormons believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between one man and one woman.

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Some people also think that Mormons are not Christians, or that Mormons do not believe in Jesus Christ. This is not true. Like all Christians worldwide, Mormons recognize Jesus Christ, His life, and His works, and they believe in His teachings. They differ with other Christian denominations on some doctrinal issues, rejecting the Catholic concept of the Holy Trinity, for example, but they are most definitely a Christian denomination. Members of the Latter Day Saint Movement are considered “restorationist Christians,” restoring Christianity to its original state and rejecting the “Great Apostasy” of alterations to the Christian faith.

The idea that women are somehow viewed as lesser among adherents to the Mormon church is also wrong. In fact, men and women are treated equally, and the faith places a heavy emphasis on living as a family and working as partners. Marriage is a critical part of the Mormon faith, and some Mormon couples participate in a Temple Sealing, a marriage ceremony which is meant to be eternal, meaning that it persists beyond death. Women historically played a very active role in the church, and they continue to do so, serving at many levels of the Mormon ministry.

One of the more bizarre myths about Mormons is that they baptize the dead. In fact, Mormons hold ceremonies with people known as Temple Proxies who stand in for people who were not able to be baptized into the Church in life. Temple Proxies usually stand in for deceased ancestors. They may also stand as proxies for Temple Sealings for ancestors who were unable to undergo this ceremony in their lifetimes.

A great deal of discussion also swirls around the Temple garment, sometimes slangily referred to as “Mormon underwear.” Mormons do not, in fact, wear “magic underwear,” as some myths about Mormons might have you believe. The Temple garment is worn as a reminder of the individual covenant with God, and specific markings on the garment stand for different things. Temple garments are worn by members of the faith who have undergone an endowment ceremony in a Mormon temple, and while they are encouraged to wear the garments on a regular basis, they are not required to wear them at all times. They are also not a topic for casual conversation among devout Mormons.

One of the best ways to dispel myths about Mormons or members of other religious faiths is to talk directly with adherents of these faiths. Many Mormons are happy to discuss the nature of their faith with people who are curious, and in fact, the Church will even send missionaries to your home by request to talk about their faith.

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anon303784
Post 8

All religion does is confuse and hold captive the mind of its believers.

It started years ago with indoctrinating the unsuspecting who had no choice in the matter: "Do it or die" and passing it on to the next generation. What if all the ancestors of these individuals suddenly woke up and studied to find the truth? They would see that they had been duped.

anon238288
Post 6

There are many unknowns about Mormon magic underwear - which is the way many believers would like it to remain. Does it have special powers? Is it really magical? Are they never taken off?

reckless
Post 5

@anon87185: If I happened to be an atheist, your way of covering up the truth would've been funny and in some ways cute. Since I am not one of those non-believing unregenerates, I will go on to say that you are a determined false believer. The Mormons recognize Jesus as a brother of Satan -- a spirit brother to be more exact. They also believe in the teachings of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormonism, and not the teachings of Jesus Christ. They believe in the lies that Joseph Smith fed them with, and they think that Joseph Smith is a prophet. This is despite the fact that Joseph Smith's predictions were proven to be untrue. Muslims believe in

the teachings, life and pointless devotion to Muhammad. Do you have any proof to support that notion? If so, please do enlighten me as I feel like a lost sheep. *rolls eyes*

There, I guess the Mormons and rosary-rattlers really do have something in common.

Then why don't you make an effort to make a summary out of the contents of the URLs that you so much boast of?

Most false believers, save for the hardcore ones, handpick what they believe to be hindrance to their faiths from their religion, in order for them to immerse themselves in their religion better. Of course, they fail to realize how far off they are from the actual course of belief and even go on to dig in each other's problems. They then claim to be the Christians or the true believers.

anon142778
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Re: Knowing first hand that some myths are true: I have been LDS for over 30 years and never met anyone who had an arranged married, nor is this an accepted practice in the church. The would actually be a condemned practice.

None of the myths are true.

anon87185
Post 2

QUOTE: "Some people also think that Mormons are not Christians, or that Mormons do not believe in Jesus Christ. This is not true. Like all Christians worldwide, Mormons recognize Jesus Christ, His life, and His works, and they believe in His teachings. They differ with other Christian denominations on some doctrinal issues ..."

That describes Muslims too, but they're not commonly classified as Christians either.

I know first-hand that most of the "myths" mentioned are actually true. Also, my wife used to be a LDS Mormon until she had to flee from a "compulsory" arranged marriage to a Mormon man 40 years her senior. In addition:

QUOTE: "The Temple garment is worn as a reminder of the individual covenant with

God, and specific markings on the garment stand for different things."

To an atheist, that's what "magic underwear" means.

I could refute the article point by point, but we're not allowed to include any URLs as references here, so use Google to find out for yourself.

Yes, they certainly will send missionaries to your home, with or without a request. Stopping their visits is sometimes problematic. They have the right to their beliefs, but so do I, although they're sometimes slow to realize that.

It could be that only all of the (LDS) Mormons I've known erroneously believed the myths in the article. If so, my respect to the ones who don't believe any of these myths.

- Adam

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