We’re used to being persecuted and attacked. Lies have been told about us ever since the beginning of the Restoration of the Gospel. But 184 years of misconceptions? This is long overdue so let’s put them to rest. Or at least try.
There’s nothing that makes Latter-Day Saints more prone to roll their eyes than some insensitive comments that tend to be common misconceptions. These rumors and comments make it hard to share truth when so many people are only hearing the lies. Here’s a short list of the ones I’ve heard so far.
1 “How many Moms do you have?”
Polygamy is a part of church history. That’s what it is: history. There is a sect of Mormonism that broke off and took a different path and still practice polygamy. That isn’t the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I only have one Mom, thank you.
2. “The Bible said not to add anything to it.”
A majority of The Book of Mormon occurred before Christ or during his life.(same time as the Bible) So that argument doesn’t even stand. The Bible is a collection of writings by Prophets around Israel and The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings by Prophets who traveled to what is the modern day Americas.
3. “Mormons can’t have caffeine”
This statement is silly and is a misconception of what is true. Mormons eat chocolate and some drink caffeinated drinks including Coke and Pepsi. The idea of The Word of Wisdom (the law of health) is to be a guideline. It doesn’t lay out what and what not to eat except in a general sense. The only specific avoidances are coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.
4. “You wear special underwear”
This comment can be not only ridiculous to Latter-day Saints, but offensive. We wear sacred reminders of what we promised to God in holy temples. Similar to Jews wearing yamakas as an outward reminder of their devotion to God, we choose to wear these reminders under our clothing. This video is a great explanation of the temple garment. I really enjoyed it.
I get it. It’s not a mainstream sect of Christianity. But it is Christianity, all the same. The name of my church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was baptized in His name, I pray to God through His name, I have faith in Him, I repent of my sins because of His sacrifice, I give blessings of healing through His name and countless pictures of Him are in our churches and hanging right here in my home. I believe my Savior lives and he’s the same Savior that you love.
6. “Why do you worship Joseph Smith?”
No one has ever claimed to worship him. For example, a common hymn in our church is titled, “Praise to the Man” but this song is merely giving reverence to a prophet who paved the way for the restoration of Jesus’ church. It’s not praising him in the sense of worship. God simply continued His pattern of calling a Prophet to reveal His word to His children. He was similar to Samuel in that he was called as a Prophet as a youth. He was similar to Isaiah in his prophetic statements. He was similar to many prophets in that they died for their beliefs. But he will never replace God. We worship Heavenly Father.
7. “Why did your church force you to go on a mission trip?“
It’s not obligatory, but is strongly recommended. I’m sure glad I went. I was fortunate enough to help bring many people closer to Christ by assisting them in giving up addictions and repenting of their sins. I also met wonderful people that I still keep in touch with. There is something special about giving up two years of your life to give back to the one who gave you life. The Gospel is so important to us that we want to share it with others. Another important thing to note is that we defend the freedom and the right to worship and believe in whatever religion one wishes to believe. We don’t go on mission trips out of a lack of respect for the religions of others, but simply out of a deep love for our own and the desire to share the good news.
8. “Where does it say that in the Bible?”
The Bible is the word of God and we believe in it. However, many truths were removed by wicked people so modern revelation is not only nice but necessary for our understanding of Gospel truths. I’m sure grateful God revealed His word to other prophets living on the other side of the world(The Book of Mormon). And we believe in a Living God, not a God of the past.
What are some eye-rolling comments and questions you’ve heard? Let’s hear, comment below!