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)
Not surprised. Both outline the same archetypal journey, but then so did Aristotle, Jung, The Inner Guide Meditation, the Kabbalah, the Hermetic teachings, medieval alchemy, Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, John the Divine's Dark Night of the Soul, Gilgamesh, etc.
If it's a system of philosophy or literature, it's all got the same journey whether in the east or west. It began as pure philosophy, and then the priests of each culture got hold of it, merged the philosophy with religion to use it for their own power...and the story gets told and told again every century, with every new religion that crops up.
The US constitution will hang by a thread and will be saved by the (priesthood?).
OMG, I remember that, just think we have a mormon candidate for president this year, Is it getting close LOL.
Richard Packham (our resident guru on all things Mormon) is going to be giving a presentation at the Conference about the history of all the doctrines/policies etc. from the beginning of the church: what has changed, what's been dropped, what['s been added, etc. I can't wait to hear it.
Where are you Susan? I would love to attend if it is close. I'm in Phoenix.
The conference is in Salt Lake City at the Embassy Suites hotel, 14th - 16th Oct. go to:
Click on Exmormon Foundation 2011 Conference
"Oh Say What is Truth..."? At the bottom of the page are bios of the speakers.
It is going to be very interesting and is a great opportunity to meet people that you only know 'online'.
I know you asked Susan, thallewell but I didn't find a reply from her.
I didn't see any question about the Conference, and can't seem to find it even now. Anyway -- thanks for answering that, Jean.
It's the post directly above mine Sue.
"Where are you Susan? I would love to attend if it is close. I'm in Phoenix."
It's okay honey bun, my eyes are not so good now either, nor my hearing.
Women should not wear pants.
If that's the case I should of been excommunicated as soon as I was baptized. I never ever wore a skirt to church and the last job I had required me to wear pants.
I so resented wearing dresses all the time.
Especially in the chapel.