It's no secret that some people think that Mormons are strange. What with the secretive nature of the temple, no drinking, no sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage, and a myriad of other things- I get it.
Here is what I don't get.
If you see something on a reality show, read something on a website or in a book, or hear a news report on something that you don't understand about this religion, why not follow up and see if what you learned is actually true?
If you are reading this post, chances are, you know me. You have some way to communicate with me. So why not ask me if the things that you have heard are true? I promise that I will not drag you to a church service, kicking and screaming. I will not force you to listen to the missionaries. I will not even ask you to believe as I do.
All I am asking for, is that you not form an opinion based on garbage. I ask that you not say negative things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints unless you have truly done the leg work and researched the area of belief that you might disagree with. Then, if you still disagree with it- fire away. That is your prerogative and your right.
Chances are, you might just find out that the things that you heard are not true, or that what you heard has a small portion of truth with a lot of ignorance mixed in with it.
In the spirit of clearing up some misconceptions, here are a few of my little dirty secrets that might interest you....
1- I like to drink Coke and Dr. Pepper on occasion....with caffeine. (gasp!) Contrary to popular belief, there is no church doctrine that prohibits drinking these drinks.
2- I have shared on numerous occasions on my previous blog, some of the things that I do when I attend the temple. There are things that I won't share. Not because I am trying to be deceitful or secretive, but because they are sacred. Many religions have religious ceremonies that are not made public because of their sacred nature.
3- I wrote about my garments (AKA my "magic underwear") on my previous blog, so I won't go into a lot of detail here other than to say, I wear the garments because of covenants that I made with God, in the temple. They are not magic. They do not give me super powers. They are just my underwear. (You can read that blog post here.)
4- I believe in the Bible and I read it frequently. I use it in my gospel study, along with my Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ.
5- Sometimes I swear.
6- We do not practice polygamy. I am Mark's only wife and for that, he is very thankful.
7- I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it offers me the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. It makes me happy. It has given me the knowledge that I am a daughter of God and that He knows me and loves me. I lived with Him before I came to this earth, with my family and friends, and I will return to live with Him when my time on this earth is through.
Here is my challenge to you. The next time you hear something about Mormons that leaves you scratching your head, or that maybe makes your blood pressure rise because you don't agree with it- please send me an email or Facebook message or something! I would be thrilled to be able to talk with you about what I believe. Obviously, I do not speak for the church and it is a definite possibility that I may not be able to answer your questions. However, I could help you find the answers that you seek.
A big thank you to my cousin, Leslie. It is because of a little conversation that I had with her on Facebook that got my wheels turning for this post. I hope that my ramblings have made sense and I hope that you will remember my little challenge when you run across those so called "reality" shows that don't offer much reality.
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