There are many myths about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons. Here are a few common misconceptions:
- We only live in Utah. There are actually more members of the Church outside of the U.S. (over 8 million) than in it (over 6 million).
- Polygamy. In areas where Mormons aren’t very well known, they are frequently asked how many moms/wives they have. The Church officially and completely ended the practice of Polygamy in 1890.
- Mormons live a lifestyle similar to the Amish. Acknowledging the Amish have very many admirable qualities worth emulating, Mormons don’t drive around on horse and buggy, we like to dance and use plenty of electricity.
- Mormons are not Christians. Yes we are! In fact I wrote about this very topic in a previous blog post. I thought it was pretty good 😉 and if you’d like you can read it here.
- Women cannot be leaders in the LDS church. Although it’s true women don’t hold the priesthood in the Church, they do hold many leadership positions. Women regularly pray in meetings, give sermons in worship services and teach Sunday school lessons. The women’s organization in the Church, known as the Relief Society, is the largest women’s organization in the world, comprised of nearly 6 million members in over 170 countries and territories.
Those are just a few. For more (some are pretty funny) go to Mormon Myths.
The Church recently produced a movie called Meet the Mormons. It is a feature film that will be released in theaters nation-wide on October 10th. This film shows the vast diversity that exists within the members of the Mormon Church while illustrating the common thread that is held between all Christians—that through Christ we can become our best selves and reach our true potential.
Here’s a little bit about the movie with a link to the trailer:
“Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.” (view the trailer at meetthemormons.com)
I had the chance to see a preview of this movie recently. It was AMAZING! Actually it was beyond amazing. It was beautiful, inspirational, funny, emotionally moving—I could go on but I think you get the point… One of my favorite parts was the story about the football coach at the Naval academy. In one scene he is shown on the sidelines of a very intense football game doing all he can do to motivate his team on the field. The scene shifts immediately to the coach sitting in church in an undersized chair, singing songs with a primary class of small children that he teaches on Sundays. The contrast is hilarious!
My good friend Dawn Armstrong is featured in this film as well. Her story is so incredibly inspiring. As a struggling teenager she made a choice that changed the course of her life forever.
Our life on this earth is a journey. We all have our struggles and nobody was meant to go through this journey alone. We all have the basic need to love and be loved and the Gospel of Jesus Christ unifies us through His Love.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Similarly, President Spencer W. Kimball noted, “God does notice us, and He watches over us. but it is usually through another person that He meets our needs.”
I know that when I am most happy it’s when I’m not just focused on me. I believe that true happiness comes when we try to help others and make them happy. Serving others helps me feel closer to God.
I can’t wait to bring my friends to this movie when it comes out. I hope you will go see it as well! I promise you will love it and it will move you and inspire you.
If you leave disappointed my dad will refund your price of admission and popcorn. Just kidding. It’s a movie unlike any you’ve ever seen, and to top it off, all net proceeds go to charity!
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