We know that many belief systems make truly weird assertions, but some truly do push the boat far out into uncharted territory. One classic example are the Mormons. You might indeed have the impression that you have a gasp on what they believe, but do you? For example, the following is quite well known:
- No coffee and tea
- They used to practice polygamy, but most don’t apart from a few odd splinter sects.
- Bible is incomplete, they have another book
- Founded by Joseph Smith who got all the details off golden plates that he read with magic glasses.
- They sort of believe in Jesus, so it feels to most to be some variation of Christianity
- They wear magic underwear (temple garments)
Well if that was it, they would indeed be on par with most other beliefs, odd indeed, but more or less on par with many other belief systems. But no, they actually hold some wacky beliefs that are truly kooky. Here now is a list of 20 that are often not publicly admitted to. Some of these are doctrinal, others hearsay over the pulpit from apostles or leaders, and others adopted by more orthodox Mormons …
20 truly crazy Mormon beliefs
- Polygamy is still doctrinal in heaven and included in LDS scripture. See D&C 132 … so you get one wife now, but can have lots in the next life.
- Racism: If you have dark skin and convert to Mormonism, your skin will begin to lighten/whiten
- You become a God/Goddess and are given powers to create your own worlds without number
- The Garden of Eden was in Missouri when Adam and Eve were kicked out
- Native Americans are the descendants of the Lamanites spoken of in the Book of Mormon
- Love isn’t as strong between couples and families who are not LDS
- 3 Nephites still roam the Earth from Christ’s visit to the America’s, blessed by Him to not experience death until his second coming
- Racism again: Black people bear the curse of Cain and were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence (pre-Earth life) and sat on the fence as to whether to follow Satan/Lucifer or Jesus
- God the father is only one of millions of endless Gods who are all basically relatives, fathers, brothers, grand-gods and so forth to our own God. If you are worthy, then you get to join the God club too.
- Misogyny: A woman’s purpose in heaven is solely to birth endless babies to populate the worlds created by their husbands. Billions and billions of babies!
- Temple garments or magic underwear will protect you from physical harm or the grasp of Satan
- Misogyny again: The church partners with the Boy Scouts of America for the development of males but does not endorse nor partner with the Girl Scout programs or similar female development programs
- Dinosaur fossils are to test our faith, and likely came from matter left over from past destroyed planets that were used/recycled to create Earth
- Jesus was supposed to come in the year 2000, that is until he didn’t
- God is a resurrected, extra terrestrial, exalted human male who lives on a planet near a star called Kolob. See Book of Abraham, chapter 3 in Pearl of Great Price
- The Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight, so all dates, sleepovers, or other activities by youth or single people need to end by midnight or else you won’t have protection or guidance against the temptations of the devil
- The Earth was once in orbit around Kolob, but was expelled when Adam fell from the Garden of Eden. It will again return to that orbit after the millennium, or at least that was what was supposed to happen.
- There are people living on the moon. They dress much like Quakers and they are tall, many standing seven feet tall or more. One day they will send missionaries to teach them the gospel. There are also people living on the sun. Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 217
- Jesus was not born of a virgin birth. God had literal sex with Mary to conceive Jesus.
- The earth is 7,000 years old
What tends to happen is that potential converts are presented with the more palatable stuff at first. Once you are invested in the basics, then the weirder stuff becomes easier to buy into later on. That perhaps is a pattern most beliefs adopt … give them the easy to digest stuff first to get them hooked, then gradually reel them deeper in.
What is clear is that when it comes to the Mormons, reality is not a local call, but is in fact so far away that international dialing codes kick in.