9 Things People Get Wrong about Mormons

9 Things People Get Wrong about Mormons

9 Things People Get Wrong About Mormons
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Did you know that Mormons can’t use electricity? I didn’t–and I am a Mormon! Check out these other instances when a friend or acquaintance had something interesting to say about Latter-day Saint beliefs and culture.

“What are you doing? You can’t use a calculator!”

My hands froze on the keypad, and I looked to my fellow seventh-grader who had made the statement. We were in math class working on a homework assignment, and I hadn’t realized calculators were prohibited. It looked like all my classmates were tapping away on their electronic math aids. So I asked back, “Why?”

“Aren’t you Mormon? You can’t use calculators.”

And that’s when I realized: my classmate thought being Mormon was the same as being Amish.

After assuring him that I had arrived at school that morning in a car and that I had plans to use a computer later, I got back to my assignment, calculator in hand.

But that wasn’t the last time I’d hear something strange one of my classmates, coworkers, or even close friends who had an odd idea about what it meant to be Mormon. Here are eight more times I or one of my LDS friends have heard something about our beliefs from others who clearly didn’t quite get what it means to be a Latter-day Saint:

  1. “But you don’t celebrate Christmas.”

The birthday of Christ is definitely something Latter-day Saints do celebrate (since we areChristians). We also observe Thanksgiving. And New Year’s. And other state and national holidays. In a recent survey, we even found that 95% of us celebrate Halloween.

When someone first accused me of this in junior high, it took me a few days to realize where he probably got that idea from: in addition to being not Amish, Mormons are also not Jehovah’s Witnesses. And we do celebrate holidays, with cake, decorations, presents, and everything.

  1. “So, you dig up dead people and baptize them?”

No. I corrected the high school senior who asked me this and explained that “baptisms for the dead” aren’t a literal baptism of a deceased person’s body. This ordinance is done in name and by proxy in LDS temples. And we’re not forcing the deceased person to be baptized—it’s up to that person’s spirit whether or not they accept the baptism on the other side of the veil. But the moral of the story? Mormons aren’t grave robbers, either.

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  1. As a Convert and Member of the Church for the past 40yrs, and widely travelled to many Countries and served in many Callings in these Countries, and at Home in Australia and in Tasmania in particular I have heard all these Myths and many more, but my Favourite is that we are not Christians. I suppose I get a perverse pleasure out of explaining to Non-members when confronted with this Myth that just because we do not adorn our Buildings with Crosses and other Christian Paraphanalia we are indeed Christian as our Church’s Name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that we worship a living Christ, not a Dead or Dying Christ, and that we are the only Church bearing the full Name of Jesus Christ and there is no such Church as the Church of Mormon or Mormon Church and that the Mormon Church is just a nickname given the Church by ill informed People outside the Church, and Detractors of the Church, and it annoys the Hell out of me that many Members incessantley Perpetuate that Myth by refering to themselves as Mormons and as members of the Mormon Church. As the Saviour said “If it be my Church, it be in my name and if it be the Church of John then it be in John’s name, and if it be in a Man’s name then it be the Man’s Church. The Church does not bear the name of Mormon or if it does then it be the Church of Mormon. As it is named the full Name of Jesus Christ it be Christ’s Church and Latter-day Saints of his restored Church to distiguish us from the early Saints of His earlier Church when He was upon this Earth before. I can give absolute assurance and Witness that God does Live and Jesus is indeed the Christ, and this is his True Church upon the Earth Today in and through the Holy and Sacred Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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