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Mormon Monday: 10 Facts to know when meeting a Mormon

Last week, I began a series called Mormon Monday. I found a few pretty sweet facts about Mormons in this book. I found myself giggling at some of them and even nodding my head in complete agreement due to questions that have been asked before. Here they are.

10 Facts to know when meeting a Mormon

 1. Mormons are normal people.
We don't secretly live in a compound, and won't arrive at your house in a horse and buggy. We aren't a part of an antisocial group. We will be regular people who follow our beliefs, just like you follow your beliefs.

2. Mormons believe in salvation through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ and in His saving grace, and we center our worship on Him. Having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of our religion, and our religious desire is simply to try to follow Jesus' teachings as best as possible. Don't be afraid to talk about Jesus or other Christian principles. As a matter of fact, most Mormons would probably love it if you asked his/her feelings on Jesus' divinity.

3. The Mormon Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
We basically have four names. Mormon, LDS, Latter-Day-Saint, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They aren't four churches, they're all the same thing.

4. Mormons don't worship Joseph Smith.
This is a huge one! People are always asking me that question and I truly wish people would truly know the whole thing. We believe Joseph Smith was a prophet just like other prophets in biblical times. We believe Joseph Smith was the Lord's servant who helped reestablish and restore Jesus' authorized Church, but we don't worship Joseph Smith any more than a Catholic worships Peter or a Jew worships Moses.

5. Mormons are nicknamed after one of their books of scripture, the Book of Mormon.
We believe in a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ's divinity. It is a prophetic record translated by Joseph Smith about people who lived in ancient America. We are commanded to study the Book of Mormon and the book of Joseph Smith's revelations called the Doctrine and Covenants. We also believe to read & study the Old and New Testaments.

6. Mormons have a living prophet.
The church has a living prophet, a man currently on earth that we believe to be God's authorized spokesperson, just like Abraham, Moses, or Isaiah were in their day. We respect and look to the prophet as a servant of Jesus Christ.

7. Modern Mormons are not polygamists.
Men don't have more than one wife. Faithful Mormons haven't entered into polygamous marriages since the 1890's. It has as much modern-day meaning to our faith as Benjamin Harrison does to our current American patriotism.

8. Mormon women are not subordinate to Mormon men.
Contrary to what Shakespeare advocated in The Taming of the Shrew, Mormon women aren't considered inferior to Mormon men. Mormon women are independent, highly honored in their role as mothers, have professional careers, think for themselves, serve in leadership positions and in councils in LDS congregation, and if they are married, they are equal partners with their husbands in governing their families.

9. Mormons don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea.
Mormons have a code of health that we live by. We try to abstain from anything that could damage our health, impair our judgment, or be addictive or habit-forming -- especially tobacco, alcohol, coffee & tea. But Diet Coke is definitely another story :)

10. Mormons serve as lay ministers in their local congregations.
 Most Mormons have what we call a "calling" within our congregation . A calling is basically something we have been asked to do voluntarily and without compensation. Many Mormons give a lot of time each week to fulfilling these assignments.

Did you get a kick out of some of these like I did?
If you're not Mormon, were you already aware of each fact?

16 comments

  1. I love this post! Some people have the craziest ideas about Mormons :)

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  2. I've heard there's some that come around this neighborhood but have yet to see any

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  3. I never really liked The Taming of the Shrew :) I think I knew most of these except the living prophet one. Neat series!

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  4. I really like this series, its a good way for people to learn things about the church.

    Love the comment about Diet Coke! {I have heard Pres. Monson is a die hard Diet Coke drinker, so I don't know if they will ever say its not good for you!}

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  5. I love how you are sharing about it religion. thank you!

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  6. Very well said. Great post Amanda!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing. My husband and I were just having a conversation about this the other day. We actually knew most of the answers to these questions but we had a few questions for some of our Mormon friends but you answered them. I believe in education and people should know about all different faiths. Thanks so much!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I believe in education and that people should know about all different faiths. My husband and I were actually having a conversation about this just a couple of days ago. I knew the answer to most of these questions but we had few to ask our Mormon friends but you answered them. I am enjoying the series very much.

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  9. I think when the whole Fundamentalist LDS thing blew up all over the media, people started confusing the Mormon LDS with the FLDS, wich is sad, so I applaud your effort of getting the truth out there ;)

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  10. Very informative post. I enjoy reading your blog. But I do have a question.. I am confused about the no coffee thing. I know a Mormon lady who explained to me that she does not drink coffee because of its caffeine and addicting nature.. but then she had a coke. I don't mean any disrespect, but how is a diet coke ok but coffee is not? I am just trying to understand more.
    Thanks. Great pictures at the lake too!

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  11. Very informative post. I enjoy reading your blog. But I am confused. I know a mormon lady who explained to me a few years ago that mormoms do not drink coffee or alcohol. I don't mean any disrespect, but how is a soda ok but coffee is not? I am just trying to understand a little more.
    THanks! Great pictures at the lake, by the way!

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  12. a few new ditties i didn't know! go you for informing people!

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  13. I love this series, I want to do it on my blog too! :) We should start a link up and have others share different things about our faith! :)

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  14. This is perfect, thanks so much. I am a primary teacher in my ward/LDS Church, and absolutely love teaching. Today I was going to church and a man stopped me and our missionaries to question our faith to the point of berating...We took his phone number and I was just trying to find a very simple way to explain our fundamental beliefs...I think I will print this out for him :) Thanks again!!!!

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  15. This is perfect! I'm so happy I stumbled on to this! Was walking to church today with the Missionaries and this guy stopped us to question the Church and basically berated us to the point that one of the sister missionaries almost cried...we took his number, and are going to set up a day to go and meet with him, but I wanted to take something along to give him (something that wasn't our articles of faith as he has read it already) and this is great, it outlines our basic beliefs... Thanks again!!

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  16. This is perfect, thanks so much. I am a primary teacher in my ward/LDS Church, and absolutely love teaching. Today I was going to church and a man stopped me and our missionaries to question our faith to the point of berating...We took his phone number and I was just trying to find a very simple way to explain our fundamental beliefs...I think I will print this out for him :) Thanks again!!!!

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