Monday, December 12, 2011

Top 10 List of Unusual Mormon Beliefs and Practices

Obviously, every religion can seem strange to those outside its doors.  And we often take our own strange beliefs for granted, normalized as they are to us by familiarity.  Yet when traditional Christians encounter Mormonism, there can be a rather shocking reaction to how different some of their beliefs and practices are.  (Obviously, it is also true that Mormons and non-Mormon Christians share many Christian beliefs and practices, given that we share a reverence for and reliance upon the Bible.)

Here's my Top 10 List of unusual Mormon beliefs and practices.

# 10:  Faithful Mormon adults are expected to wear a special 'temple garment' under their clothes at all times. These sacred underwear are thought to provide protection from evil and are a sign of Mormon covenant fidelity and faithfulness.

# 9:  Mormons revere the Christian Bible, but they have added to it three other scriptures of equal value: the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  Many of their most unusual doctrines and practices come from these other scriptures. In addition, the Mormon President--as the 'Prophet, Seer, and Revelator'--can add new revelations/scripture anytime he feels so inspired (although these days that rarely happens).

# 8:  The sacred Book of Mormon is alleged to have been found on ancient golden plates buried in a hill in upstate New Year, just outside of Rochester. Furthermore, Mormons teach that these plates were translated from their original 'reformed Egyptian' language into English solely by the uneducated, 24-year old Joseph Smith.  He did this supposedly by looking into a hat, where his magic 'peep stone' was sitting. The English words appeared miraculously in the stone.

# 7:  Mormons believe that the American Indians are descendants of ancient Jews, who migrated to America (the new Promised Land) from Israel long before the birth of Christ.  The Book of Mormon teaches that these Jews crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a large, Ark-like ship.

# 6:  Joseph Smith taught--and thus Mormons believe--that the original Garden of Eden was located, not in the Middle East, but in Missouri.

# 5:  The Book of Mormon teaches that Jesus appeared after his resurrection to the Indians (ie. Jews) in America, and that Jesus' coming millennial kingdom and New Jerusalem will also be in America (again, probably in Missouri).  This shows the special place that America (and Missouri) has in Mormon theology.

Washington D.C. Mormon Temple
# 4:  One of Mormonism's biggest objectives is to build Mormon Temples all around the world.  Temples are used for the most sacred Mormon rituals, such as baptism for the dead, Mormon weddings, and the Endowment Ceremony.  Mormons believe that deceased non-Mormons can be given the opportunity to become Mormons through the vicarious baptism of living Mormons in their Temples.  This is one of the biggest motivations for the extensive Mormon investment in family genealogy: to find dead family members and have them baptized posthumously for their salvation.

# 3:  The Mormon Endowment Ceremony, conducted in the Temples, has long been controversial for its connection to Masonic traditions.  Before it was eliminated in the late 1980s, the Endowment Ceremony contained a Masonic-like ritual in which a vow was taken, with appropriate motions, that the vow-taker would be subject to having their throat slit and their intestines disemboweled if they ever revealed the contents of the ceremony.

'The Tree of Life' by Steven Loyd Neal, M.D.
# 2: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the largest Mormon church, teaches that God the Father has a physical body and that there is a Heavenly Mother, who also has a physical body.  Together, our Heavenly Father and Mother produce 'spirit children', who are then incarnated into physical bodies (us).  This would seem to imply 'heavenly sex', and indeed this is supported by a statement by the second President of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young: "[God] created man, as we create our children; for there is no other process of creation in heaven, on the earth, in the earth, or under the earth, or in all the eternities, that is, that were, or that ever will be."

And finally, # 1:    The good news is that marriage in a Mormon Temple guarantees that you will be married for eternity in the celestial kingdom (and possibly, for you men, with many wives, as had the 19th century Mormon polygamists).  And like God the Father and Mother, Mormons will continue to have heavenly--and I do mean heavenly--sexual relations for eternity, producing innumerable 'spirit children' that will populate the unique planet of their father and mother, who have become gods themselves.  (All this has led some to charge Mormonism with effectively being polytheistic in their theology.)

But the bad news is that all non-Mormons will only be non-sexual spiritual beings in the lower levels of heaven.  Better give that some thought before deciding not to become a Mormon (though being an angel is still a lot better than burning in hell!).

[You can see all my posts on Mormonism here.]

35 comments:

  1. Holy theology, Batman!! Being a Mormon must require a LOT of FAITH, because there are so many contradictory rules. And they have to square their beliefs with Christian rules too.

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    1. Yeah, but what's up with those underwear? How can Mormon underwear keep you from evil?? My goodness...think about it - it's just a piece of fabric! If wearing fancy undies were that important, I think God would have made that very clear in His Word...but!?!? Wow...gives my head a shake!!

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  2. The problem is whether the leaders of that church believe this. Or maybe in that church belief is not the issue? Some would choose that religion for its moral guidance, accept its moral principles and consider that the stories are supporting elements necessary to engage illiterate minds. However, those stories are almost surrealistic with that "white stovepipe hat" and "the angel Moroni" and the seer goggles.

    It sounds like a parody of a religion made by an impious joker.

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  3. There is a typo in #8... It says "New Year" it should say "New York"

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    1. These crazies don't know whether it is New York or New year half the time to be fair.

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    2. Shut up. You don't even know what you're talking about all the time to be fair. Why don't you go research. Not online but to the actual church, before you post stupid comments.

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    3. YOU SHUT UP!!, AND GO LOOK UP ALL OF THE INCONSTANT STUFF WITH THIS RELIGION. THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH RELIGION. RELIGIONS ARE ALL FOUNDED BY A HUMAN LEADER WHO CREATES A god & A THEOLOGY THAT HAPPENS TO AGREE WITH EVERYTHING HE MAKES UP. TRUE CHRISTIANITY WAS FOUNDED BY GOD'S WORD - THE WORD WHO IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,TODAY & FOREVER. THE BIBLE IS MOSTLY A TRUE DOCUMENTATION OF HISTORY.

      BE READY
      JESUS IS COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK!!!

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    4. lol you cannot be serious^
      you were correct when you said "religions are all founded by a human leader who creates a god & a theology that happens to agree with everything he makes up"
      but then: "oh no.. dont be silly of course im not including MY religion.. that ones totally true!"

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    5. Why argue about religion as that's never been the answer. Religion just divides people; relationship with Jesus is the answer...not A religion! Wow, who's telling who to shut up? Totally rude, just sayin'.

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  4. Yes, all sounds patently absurd but all can any religions stand up to critical scrutiny? Adam, Eve and the talking snake sound pretty far fetched to me as well.

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  5. All religion is "patently absurd"

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    1. I agree 100 percent it only serves as a fear tactic for control and furthermore it has surpressed our advance as a species

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    2. I agree....and that's why we need Jesus. A big difference between religion and a 'relationship' with Jesus!

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  6. Might want to fix the type in your Blog. I am assuming you meant upstate "New York" not upstate "New Year". Otherwise strange and quirky Blog entry.

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  7. You all realize Mit Romney is Mormon, do we really want this guy as our president?

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    1. Religion doesn't matter when electing a peesident. It's not like he's going to make everyone convert. You should vote for the person who you agree with politically

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    2. I didn't agree with him politically either. All he cared about was the rich people and how to take care of them. The poor and elderly don't matter to him. I knew there was something nutty about that guy, now I know what it was.

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    3. Many of you fail to notice that RELIGION has everything to do with politics, society, everyday life. Think about it. Countries and nations fight over poverty and wealth, religion, justice and unjustice. It all goes back to hundreds of years ago. Religion is different than God/Jesus alone, but it certainly has effect on all that goes on, on Earth.

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  8. Romney's Religion doesn't bother me as much as the fact that he is missing a spine and changes his positions on the issues that are important to us it seems almost every week. The guy will say anything to get elected and that scares me!

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  9. For me the most bizarre belief from the bible is the story about how the angels, you know like in heaven, got so horny that they came to earth and materialized as human males for the sole purpose of having sex with human females. And not one of them was curious enough to experience life and sex as a human female? So along with their materialized bodies they also materialized human sperm along with it's accompanied dna. But as we all know dna is inherited from our parents and the angels had none. So the angels impregnated human females with sperm containing angle dna? And these people really believe that happened. And I guess the Morons, I'm sorry I mean Mormons also believe that ridiculous nonsense. Also, weren't any of the angles curious about just exploring the planet? If they have the power to materialize as other life forms why not a bird, or fish? Why not materialize as both male and female and have sex with themselves? That would have to be the best. Hot angle sex? Yeah baby!

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  10. You can denounce all you want but until you pray and ask heavenly father yourself you can't say know the truth I did that and he should me the truth heavenly father believes in you even if you don't in him I'm a Mormon and thank heavenly father for all his blessings good and bad!

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  11. There's such a thing as a bad blessing? I was LDS and I recently found that the church really is a brainwashing production that threatens salvation against not paying tithes to keep the church going... There are several things that I could go on to say, but I don't like to bad mouth any religion or group of people. Im sorry that you can't see what the church does, but I do, so listen to me when I ask you to take a step back and analyze what is happening in the church. If the government were to start a program that did the same thing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does, they would get shut down in a heartbeat. But since yet claim to be religious, they get away with it.

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  12. Dont't post what you do not know. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and pure and should not be corrupted by the enticements of man.

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  13. So I assume you are willing to have your throat slit and be publicly disemboweled if you ever leaked the mysterious rituals of the endowment ceremonies? Or will you be too busy having eternal sex with Jos. Smith---he of the many wives is better, and gets you to a "better" heaven Jos. Smith---to worry about that?

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  14. People. Do not waste your time talking about the "Cat with the Hat"

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  15. So, where is that sky daddy of yours, and what does he actually do, ever? Just want to say hi and tell him he's a tosser...

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  16. LOL!!! That is just the top 10, let's see the rest of the top 100, this cult is clearly run and founded by insane pathological liars, anyone with an IQ over 60 should be able to see that it is not only absurd, but ludicrous. If some god wants us all to know something, it makes no sense at all to tell some punk kid in the middle of nowhere, why not just tell us all at once in a great booming voice (or use twitter? So Justin Beber has more power to communicate with mankind than your god?? Very sad…. ;) Or perhaps your god could make a book appear in everyone on earth’s hands in their own language. (Also, is god incapable of writing a book himself? Why the need to ask some kid to translate? Can create the universe, but publishing is beyond his ability?)

    It is sheer stupidity that they would even tell anyone that story, all religion is a manmade ignorance breeding illusion, this one doubly so. There is more reason to believe in the tooth fairy, unicorns and Bigfoot than anything these buffoons believe.

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    1. No amount of Malicious fabrications can change the fact that the church is the Restored Church of our heavenly father.

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    2. Yes, the church of Jesus Christ...not necessarily the mormon church...or any denomination for that matter.

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  17. Being a lifelong member of the LDS church I can tell you if you want to know what a Mormon believes ask a Mormon. This article is full of ignorance. If I want to know what a Baptist believes, or a Catholic, I ask them. What is so hard about getting correct information about Mormons? lds.org is a good place to start.

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  18. I am a Mormon and I just want to say that most all of this is incorrect and bias! We are Christians and we believe in the bible as long as it is translated correctly and we also belive in the book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. If you want real answers, try going to lds.org or mormon.org . I really hope this can be cleared up. You may think that our religion is crazy, but we have faith that it is true.

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  19. So Smith translated the plates from reformed Egyptian. The jews enemy.
    It would be like writing the history of the United States in reformed Russian.

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  20. Its really too bad that this site is so wrong on some counts. If you would take the time to read one of the most comprehensive accounts of Mormanism available called " By the Hand of Morman" by Terryl L. Givens one might actually get a more balanced picture of the history and story of how this new American religion came to be and exists today. There appear to be some glaring errors in the above account. Too many to even bother with here. Read the book and don't take this account as any kind of Truth until you decide for yourself. The book is a very well done balance of research. This site isn't.

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  21. Many errors here. For example, #3 is backwards: I participated in the endowment ceremony many times before it was shortened in 1990. There was no mention of any penalties for revealing the contents of the ceremony. Contrariwise, it did include a warning of what could happen to someone who refused to reveal it, but nobody would suggest that the Church would punish anyone for maintaining its privacy.

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  22. To me, most religions hide something, and I find the Mormons to be the worst ones. If I had such a wonderful religion, I would want to share it and not try to hide anything. Hiding something to me is quite fishy. Most christians want to share what they've found...'everything', or at least I did! It was like walking from a dark room into one that's lit up. I was so excited to share my new-found life with everyone I came into contact with. I'm an ex-Catholic and when the Lord pulled me out of that religion, I vowed that I would never carry another denominational title again, and I haven't. I promote Jesus and the Truth of His Word! I never promote any religion, no religious beliefs..nothing like that at all. Jesus IS the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man comes to the Father but by Him...so why try to promote a 'religion' when HE is the way? Religion has always divided. A relationship with Jesus is much different! Even in the Bible, you'll see how Jesus felt about the religious...He called them vipers! They walked around in their holier than thou outfits, so obsessed with how they looked on the 'outside' when the 'inside' were full of dead man's bones...garbage! They were trying to impress man, not God; and the Bible teaches us to be God pleasers not man pleasers. Think about it! What has religion done for you? Religion gives us bondage; relationship gives us freedom! There is such a difference!!! So, I speak to all the 'religious' out there...be it Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal or what have you. When we stand before our Maker on that day, the title we bear will not impress God at all! He is more interested in the conditions of our hearts...where no man sees. God is the only One who sees the conditions of our hearts...the intentions, secrets, lies, any secret sin we think we're hiding from Him is not hidden! Also, on that day, He said that everything will be revealed. This world is just a temporary journey for all of us, so why get wrapped up in any religion and be stuck in bondage and laws; be set free and build a relationship with Jesus, our loving Father. What we choose on this earth determines our eternal destination...so choose today, whom will YOU serve? We cannot serve both God and the world! Follow the narrow road to eternal freedom; not easy, but it gives you SO much more than this world could ever offer anyone. Thank you and God bless!

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