Originally Posted by SteveR
I could not agree more.* You sort have to live in the middle of it to really understand it.* I have a coworker that is a Jack Morman and he tells more negative stuff about them than anybody I know.* He lived it for 30 years and finally saw the light.* One could write a book on it.* I know....we'll call it the Book of Morman.*
True.* I moved to Salt Lake City several years ago, and it's really has required a long period of adjusting to the cultural environment here.* I have moved through phases as I've adjusted to life here.* First, I was totally open minded about mormons.* Then I felt completely opressed.* Then I realized that mormons aren't an evil cult, they just happen to seem that way to someone who's outnumbered in a community long-dominated by a conservative, somewhat evangelistic religious people.
I think that it would be a lot harder for me to live in a community dominated by, say, southern baptists.* The stereotypical mormons are squeaky clean and want everything around them to be similarly pleasant, but at least they don't preach that you're going to burn in hell for all eternity if you don't follow their ways.
Another thing about mormons:* I think they get picked on too much.* All religions are, to varying degrees, kooky and mystical and indefensible on rational grounds.* Most Americans would recoil in disgust if you started slamming on Judaism as being a cult, and yet people routinely say the same, and worse, about mormons, and nobody seems to care.