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Subject: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: snobrdnpntball-ga
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Posted: 08 Jun 2006 14:00 PDT
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I'm looking for a list, maybe ten or fifteen things, that mormons
(LDS) do that are considered "weird" or "pequiler" such as: drinking
water instead of juice or wine during communion, practicing pologamy,
etc.  I'm just curious to see some of the things they do that are
considered "weird" in modern society.  Thank you!
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
Answered By: boquinha-ga on 08 Jun 2006 16:31 PDT
Hello snobrdnpntball-ga!

Since I am personally familiar with this topic I thought I?d compile a
list for you. I also spoke with some of my friends who are also
personally familiar with this topic to help me come up with ideas for
the list.

There are a couple of  things that I thought appropriate to state at
the forefront. First, while the term ?Mormon? is frequently used, the
actual name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. The moniker is a reference to The Book of Mormon, which I
mention in #10 on my list below. Referring to the Church as the LDS
church is common as well. Also, it is a common misconception that the
Church sanctions polygamy as a current practice. While the LDS church
did at one time practice polygamy, it no longer does, and those who
continue to practice polygamy are not members ?in good standing? with
the Church (generally, they are excommunicated).

Many of the idiosyncrasies to which you allude, and that I include on
my list, are not necessarily direct results of the doctrine or
teachings of the church, but rather they are characteristics of the
?culture? within the church membership. Here are a dozen ideas that my
friends and I came up with for you.

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1. Many Mormons use fake swear words like ?fetch? and ?flip? and ?what the heck.?
2. Mormons tend to have large families.
3. Many Mormons do not drink anything with caffeine, so Caffeine-free
Coke is often a soda/pop of choice.
4. Most men (ages 19) and many women (ages 21) dedicate 2 years or 1.5
years respectively to being missionaries?not only do they not receive
pay, they pay to do it! There is no dating or movies or schooling
during that time. They also do not choose where in the world they go.
Pretty remarkable, really.
5. Mormons are commanded to not drink alcohol, tea or coffee, smoke,
or use recreational drugs.
6. Mormons are commanded to not have sex outside of the bonds of marriage.
7. Mormons pay 10% of their income to the church as a tithe. 
8. Mormons who have been to the temple wear sacred undergarments as a
symbol of covenants made there.
9. Mormons meet for 3 hours every Sunday (that?s a lot of meetings!).
10. Mormons believe in other scriptures in addition to the Bible,
particularly The Book of Mormon.
11. Mormons address each other as ?Brother? and ?Sister.?
12. Mormons believe in a lay clergy and so they often have ?callings,?
or responsibilities within the church. For example, they may teach
Sunday School, direct the youth program, or perform other similar
duties for which they are not paid.

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I hope that you find this list to be useful. If you have any need of
further clarification, please let me know how I can help.


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Personal knowledge
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: mongolia-ga on 08 Jun 2006 17:41 PDT
they are even weirder than i thought.

Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: myoarin-ga on 09 Jun 2006 03:20 PDT
Not really, maybe just more serious about the tenets of their belief
and sticking to some old-fashioned attitudes that many Christians have
given up  - and some upheld in other religions:  Muslims aschew
alcohol and have in the past worn undershirts covered with religious
text as amulets to protect them (probably not the same purpose
intended by those of the Mormons).
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: irlandes-ga on 09 Jun 2006 19:45 PDT
Bouqinha, why not tell us how they perceive the next life  for good
Mormons.  That will break the weird meter if anything will.  (I
visited Nauvoo some years ago on a college field trip, and a guide
told us about this.)
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: pennynyc111-ga on 09 Jul 2006 16:57 PDT
If you have patience - read this site.
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: linuxconvert-ga on 11 Sep 2006 23:46 PDT
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, most
answers about our religion can be found on As a heads up,
#3 is incorrect, in our modern-day revelations from one of our
Prophets (yes, just like in the Old Testament)we have been commanded
not to smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, chew tobacco,
among other things. There is nothing regarding caffeine, it is just
often thought that since both coffee and tea contain caffeine, we
don't partake of anything containing caffiene. Yet this is false, as
there is many a "good Mormon" that has the semi-frequent Pepsi or Diet
Pepsi (caffeinated). and as for the after life question, we beleive
"You lived with your Heavenly Father as one of His spirit children
before you began your life on Earth. You were happy there, but God
knew that you could not continue to progress unless you left Him for a

So He presented His plan?the plan of salvation. It allowed you to come
to Earth, where you would gain a physical body and would have
experiences that would help you to learn and grow. The purpose of the
plan is to help you become more like Him.

Heavenly Father knew that while you were on Earth you would make
mistakes?everyone does. So, as part of His plan, He provided a Savior,
Jesus Christ, who would make it possible for sins to be forgiven, and
for all people who accept His sacrifice to return to live with
Heavenly Father.

The fact that you are living on Earth means that you accepted Heavenly
Father?s plan and came here wanting to do all you could to receive all
He has to offer.

The marvelous thing about Heavenly Father?s plan is that by following
it, not only can you return to Him after you die?you can also find
peace and happiness in this life. "

feel free to contact me about any more questions.
Subject: Re: Mormon Idiosyncrasies
From: boquinha-ga on 12 Sep 2006 10:15 PDT

If you notice, in my answer I have not ever stated that the items on
the list are doctrinal and in fact have explained specifically that
the idiosyncrasies are *not* all doctrinal:

"Many of the idiosyncrasies to which you allude, and that I include on
my list, are not necessarily direct results of the doctrine or
teachings of the church, but rather they are characteristics of the
?culture? within the church membership."

While you are correct in your explanation of caffeine not being
specifically prohibted, I maintain that "Many Mormons do not drink
anything with caffeine, so Caffeine-free Coke is often a soda/pop of
choice." It isn't doctrinal, but it is a cultural commonplace practice
for many.


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