In my investigations as to what "my religion at the time" was really about, I think Joseph Smith using the hat with a peepstone must surely rate at the top of the list in being a shock to my system causing me to investigate further.
For me it was mind blowing to say the least, because all pictures and testimonies had depicted something so totally different up till then. This is what sent me on a quest to find out more and to find out things for myself and not just believe what others were telling me as 'the truth'.
I started with 'approved" church history and from there realized why there was the wording "anti mormon literature" - a very clever ploy to keep me ignorant.
I was just wondering what your "Big Shocker" was...?.
Never got to do the temple thing - not in the 26 years of active membership - just never could get over the resemblance to Masonry to agree so when I heard about the secret/sacred names all being similar on a given day I was also shocked. btw - just what was the actural purpose behind getting the names in the first place?
Omigosh! This is so flippin' funny!
So let me recap - if you were to identify your wife by this name - does it mean that if there were say 20 all with the same name (as we have established already) that THAT would be your luck of the draw for your 'harem' when you called out the name?
Never could wrap my head around the man can be sealed to more than one woman but not vice versa yet it made sense otherwise it could be a merry mix up on the other side (if that is what you believed).
Tx E.W ...you make me smile about the "disrespectful if I found a way to, just to check it out" because there were times I wanted to throw caution to the wind and get a temple recommend and go out of curiosity, which would have been a piece of cake as I was living the commandments as well as the next person getting one, but the biggest snag was that I could not lie about some of the questions I knew I would be asked (nothing 'sinful' just conscience questions regarding the church itself).
That is why "my testimony" never once in all 26 years included "JS as a true prophet and the only true church" I had a testimony of many things but could not lie about those.
Now, I would be lying if I said I regretted my membership - because I dont - I had great times and learned a lot of useful things which have stood me in good stead. I only regret having been deceived by the things they did not tell me and finding that I would lose a lot of so called friends when I no longer wanted to be a part of TSCC .
I also was totally anti the garments - man! those freaked me out! I mean we live in AFRICA and it is HOT....I only got acclimatized to wearing 'sleeves' after a number of years ....
Funny thing is that I am now older and dont particularly like flapping my wings so I would make a good mormon once again dresswise - if you get my meaning.. he he!
About the choice to be in a plural marriage in the after life....does it matter anymore? its all rubbish anyway.
LDS world says polygamy is a commandment, if not in this life than the afterlife if you want the highest glory. Real world says polygamy is another word for adultery. It's never been legal. AND it puts down women. Temple was for illegal affairs aka polygamous celestial 'marriage'. Civil marriage was where normal people went for a marriage to be between one man and one woman.
I think it originally was called spiritual marriage. It was very, very secret.