MormonBeliefs.org does a pretty good job presenting the official beliefs or doctrines of the LDS church, which is a nice presentation to lure unsuspecting investigators over to their thinking via a "milk before meat" approach so as to ease new investigators ever so subtly into the weird or ultra conservative beliefs that are learned or discovered once a confirmed member, and which would otherwise scare most investigators away. Let's take this thread and turn it into a compiled list of unwritten or less publicized mormon beliefs and cultural expectations so as to arm unsuspecting investigators from being tricked into buying undesirable"meat". I'll continually update this main post with all the varying beliefs we come up with from our own experience and time in Mormonism. If beliefs you add stem from official doctrine or leaders, please include a source reference. You may also include brief descriptions that expound how particular beliefs play out in Mormon culture. Not all of these are followed or believed by all active Mormons, but are often used as a gauge by the more self-righteous Mormons to judge the righteousness of others.
More to come as we compile this list from our experiences as Mormons...(Last Updated: 9/1/2011)
I think that I heard that we were going to WALK back to Missouri.
Growing up in Bountiful, Utah in the 60's and 70's I remember all this stuff. When I mention some of it, like walking back to Jackson, MO, I am usually met with astonishment and disbelief. They have usually never heard of such things. Time changes.
I forgot about that. My uncle worked for the forest service, and wore the most beat up boots I have seen to work, and had a brand new pair in the closet reserved for the walk to Missouri. He passed 15 years ago. I wonder what happened to those boots.
7. Couples married outside the Temple are not "truly" married.
8. Non-member couples do not have the same "kind" of love for one another that Temple sealed Mormons have for their spouses.
9. Non-members also can not love their children as much as Mormons love their children because of the lack of the Gospel in their lives.
I remember that, I was always stunned when my dad would go home and beat the x!$$ out of my mother and then proclaim his love for her. (They were married in the temple) He's now on his 4th wife, my mother is a resentful old mormon woman who no longer goes to church, but still insists it's the "true church", I feel so bad for her belief system, I think she thinks she won't go to heaven if she leaves the church. I keep trying to tell her what does it matter as dad got a temple divorice to marry his 4th wife meaning mom is now doomed not to go to the highest degree of glory anyway. I left the church over 30 years ago. Thank you for your thoughts Kath Jones
Follow the prophet - even if he's wrong. THIS is the most dangerous doctrine/commandment of all. THIS is the kind of mindset that was responsible for the Branch Davidians, Jonestown and Heaven's Gate cult members getting killed. And THIS is what defines a cult. Strict adherence to the words of the one, no matter what.
Don't mess with an Ouija board.
Don't use face cards.
I remember that too. My dad played pinochle, and my cousins came over for a get together. my dad gave us one of his old decks to build a house of cards. My aunt took the deck and took out all the face cards. we ended up with 8 10 cards to work with.
The Plan of Salvation is the exact same narrative sequence asin the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
progress of the intelligence (Fool) starting with premortality, progressing through mortality, then post mortality ending with final judgment and placement in either of three degrees of glory represented by the sun, the moon and the star. It's all there.
I think the tarot is at least more interesting as a metaphor, with the comparative advantage that it doesn't require you to sell your soul to a Fortune 500 company not-very-cleverly disguised as a religion.
I never knew that. do you have a link on more info about this?