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)
That sounds fabulous, for a group to be involved the way you stated that group is. Our Presbyterian church spends hundreds of hours at the grade school that borders us, volunteering, and accepting donations all year to make up back packs that go to several local schools here. Social justice has many faces, yet Glenn Beck told all who followed churches who had social justice as mission statements that they must immediately leave, because in a year, they'd all be communists. Asshole.
It would make more sense if Brigham and the prophets simply stated that these weird and prejudiced thoughts were only their opinions, and not God driven. It makes the church look like its full of lunatics. Of course, they easily skate through all of this by saying they believe in present day revelation, thus, doing away with all the obnoxious prophecies given in the pass.
I am just glad I had enough sense to get out in my early 20's. I am now 57. My family thought my life would be horrible. My life actually turned out better than I'd hoped, without the church.
I got out when I was 35, and now I'm 58, but the ensuing years were full of all sorts of searching and wandering that I wish I hadn't gone through. It must have been necessary to get me to the point I'm at now.
Mormonism once declared "The Principle", or plural marriage, to be a commandment of God, but now denounces it. The huge problem for me is it is still in full force in the afterlife. How many men are widowed and take another wife for all eternity? Or, the theory of good and worthy women not finding a mate in this life being given one in the after life? You think all those men will be single? It just doesn't make any sense.
When it gets too convoluted, a teacher will always defer to "it will get sorted out in the afterlife". Then why bother so much in this one??
Plural marriage in old times or in the afterlife always was to me more about “human desire” -rules and doctrine made my human man- than spiritual. If you have multiple wives (which always seemed to imply lots of sex) does that mean that there will also be Safeway’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken’s in heaven? Because if you are going to have multiple wives (which to me is a human physical type of thing) why wouldn’t spiritual beings be feeding their bodies with food? I’m for KFC!
The church beliefs never made a whole lot of sense to me, maybe that's why I was always the outsider. Sorry, sometimes I’m a bit irreverent; I have to laugh at things!
Plural marriage in heaven sounds like hell. Pregnant all the time. Shit, I could't stand the thought of having more than the two I had. When I had a hysterectomy at 29, the sisters in the ward would whisper, "I'm sorry", and I was thinking, "What the hell?"
Dear ex-mormons of whom I have deep concern,
I thought that I would take the time out of my life to address just some of the misconceptions and false theories about why we do the things we do. After answering 35 of these I realized something, you can’t convince anyone even if you give your best argument. If a heart isn't in the right place it will cast truth aside and see it for how the world sees it: impossible, unbelievable, and a waste of time. Take it for what you will but please remember just one thing: the times you felt the Holy Ghost bear testimony to your hearts that Jesus is the Christ and that he will reign as king over the earth once more. Whose side will you be on?
Good luck to you all and have a happy life whichever road you choose, just know that God will be waiting at the end at both but only one will lead to eternal happiness and exhalation.
Hmmm, sounds to me like the age old, "God will punish you if you don't see as we/I do" routine. Obviously that works on you, but probably won't work for people here who have awoken to the dissonance of Mormonism. It may be comforting to know that we people who no longer believe in the Mormon myth have equal difficulty in convincing TBM's to take a look at what we think is very relevant and crucial with regards to the flaws in your system of belief. It is a fruitless effort, until someone on either side feels a reason of their own to change or consider another view. In defense of many on this site, I think it fair to say that they already considered and lived the view you are attempting to sell us on. On the flip side, how much experience do you have living and understanding the side that is not supportive of the LDS?
The fact that you would attach that silly document, is a testament to how little you really understand about those who are here. It is a fantasy to believe that this document of yours would make the slightest difference at this stage of the game to people who chose to leave the faith. On the contrary, that little document will only serve to substantiate and reinforce why most people here chose to get out.