What bothers me about religious discourse
Often if you Google the term Mormon websites will pop up with taglines about revealing the secrets the LDS Church hides or exposing Mormons’ “true” beliefs.
You never have to go far to find a conspiracy theory linking either Jews, Muslims, or Christians to world domination.
These are examples of what bothers me about how religious discourse is most commonly carried out. People from all sorts of religions are stigmatized by others claiming to know what that religion really believes.
Let me tell something to you, world wide web. I have attended Latter-day Saint religious services my entire life. I have served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, graduated from the LDS seminary program, attended several institute of religion classes, taken several courses on theology at BYU, read several books on Mormon-related issues, and have read the canon of the Church. I know what I believe and I have a pretty good grasp of Mormon theology. Do not try to tell me that I don’t know my own religion.
Here are some things that may be news to you if you think you know what Mormons believe:
1. There is no Mormon plot to overthrow the US government and establish a theocracy.
2. I, and most Mormons, don’t believe that African Americans are cursed or were less valiant in the pre-existence. The LDS Church also does not advance the idea that Black people are cursed or were less valiant in the pre-existence.
3. Mormons don’t think LBGT individuals are evil. We do think that homosexual behavior is a sin but you should also remember that we believe that drinking coffee is a sin, heterosexual sex outside of marriage is a sin, and pride is a sin. In short, we are all sinners.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ created the world, conquered death and sin, and that faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement is the only way that we can obtain salvation.
There are other, but I’ll stop there. If anyone actually reads this blog and has any questions I encourage you to comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.