Many years ago my mother discovered through her genealogy work that she had close relatives living in the Great Lakes region which she had never heard of, nor they her.
Contact was made, airline tickets purchased, and Mom set off to meet her “new” family.
When she arrived, they were warm and inviting, yet she found them staring at her oddly when they thought she wasn’t looking.
Finally it came out.
“You’re a Mormon, aren’t you?”
“Why, yes I am.”
“Can we see your horns?”
My mother laughed out loud and bent her head forward for a hands-on inspection. When no horns were found, they asked their next question.
“How many wives does your husband have?”
I would imagine that many of you have similar stories you could share. We laugh now about how silly people are to believe such nonsense about an entire group of people they know nothing about.
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It’s no secret. People of other faiths, or not of any particular faith, are wary when moving into a predominantly LDS area. It almost seems there is an underground network of people ready to warn them about being cautious of accepting that first plate of cookies.
You know those Mormons, they are going to try to convert you.
It’s also no secret that, yes, Mormons love their faith so much that they want everyone to feel the same happiness that it has brought them.
But it has created the notion that people of other faiths quickly become “projects”, you know, because they are “non-Mormons.”
I think there is actually some truth to that.
In our zeal we can become zealots, putting forward a full-court press because these people are pretty wonderful and we can clearly see them as happy, fully serving members of our church.
The problem seems to come when these wonderful people can’t see themselves as happy, fully serving members of our church.
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