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Mark Atwood
Mormon Ties
I grew up Mormon. My parents were Mormons. My grandparents were Mormons. Their parents were Mormons. And so on. Western Mormon Stock, too. My great to the eighth grandfather's name is inscribed on the "This Is The Place" Monument in the mouth of Pioneer Canyon the Salt Lake Valley, as he was one of the members of the scouting party that entered the valley the day before Brigham Young did on the 24th of July in 1847, in the first wave of the Mormon Exodus. My ex's maiden name was Young. Yes, those Youngs.

I haven't been a "good Mormon" for pushing ten years now.

It's more than a religion, it's a culture and a way of living. Everything you do, everything you see, everything you learn, gets filtered through it. It's not a "cult", in that there are no mandatory lifetime isolation, none of the standard phyological tricks that are earmarks of cult programming but even so, it's more than a video club membership.

And they don't let you go without a fight. My name is still on their records, and somebody has ratted me out.

A little while ago, the Bishop of the Kirkland Second Ward knocked on my door. A few days after that, the local missionaries stopped by. And now my newly assigned Home Teachers called to make an appointment.

Every ward is made up of and is responsable for every member inside a given geographic area. Even if I've never set foot inside the local meetinghouse (I'm not even sure where it is), it's there, and considers me part of it.

And part of that is to make sure I have a pair of "Home Teachers". These are two active members who's job it is to visit me every month, make sure I'm still alive, offer the resources the ward may command towards any true needs I may have, and to occasionally say "We wish you would come back".

I'll let them come. It'll be fun to have guests occationally.
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wendolen From: wendolen Date: January 21st, 2003 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Heber C. Kimball is one of my ancestors.

Happily, the practicing ones are far enough back that they don't come after us.
From: ex_tepes85 Date: January 22nd, 2003 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always enjoyed having the missionaries over. They've never given me a straight answer though, to a question that offends some, but makes most chuckle:

So, do they teach you guys secret handshakes and stuff, like the Masons?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 22nd, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

The answer to that is "no, but yes sort of".

Mormon's don't have a secret handshake that they use to recognize each other.

However, some of the religious rituals have two people holding each other's hand, and the fingering of that handholding have to be done a certain way, similar I guess to a Mason's "secret handshake". Not having been a Mason, I don't know if they are the same or not.

Good enough answer?
From: ex_tepes85 Date: January 22nd, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The answer to that is "no, but yes sort of".

That example and stories about "garments" are things I've known from friends who were recovering Mormons. I've just never been able to get a straight answer from anyone still in the church.

Still say it's the best afterlife I've heard of, though. :) Thanks for responding!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Mormons as a Phile

I always imagined the Mormons would be one of the larger Philes in the Nanotech story.

I've always entertained Mormons, but they seem to stop around 4 or 5 visits if they aren't getting anywhere. Maybe I should say, "Let's continue where your previous compadres left off."
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