So this is my first blog and I thought maybe I could share my experience meeting Mormons. I grew up in Germany, and we don't really get their type there. I've only ever seen a few in their spiffy suits, riding their bikes around town, but I had never talked to one before. Mostly people at home are either Catholic (like my family) or Protestant. And of course we have Muslims and various other little splinter groups, but mostly those are around because immigrants from Turkey, Russia etc brought them over. But it is a lot easier to keep track of the different religions back home than it is in the US! 

So when we moved into the house we are in now (Kansas), one of our neighbors was a young couple with a little boy named Zeke. During the summer I spent a lot of time in the backyard and would regularly have conversations with them and watch them play with their kid. They were so friendly, eager to learn about me and my home and opinions, and their kid was very well behaved. I remember one time he broke off a branch from a tree and his mother told him not to do it again, because even the tree is a living thing and its life should be respected. I usually don't see parents around here do this kind of thing so it was a bit strange, but nice. 

The funny thing is, never once did they try to talk to me about religion. And only when my mum came to visit us from Germany and they wanted to buy her a bible as a souvenir before she left (what a nice thing to do!), did I learn that they were Mormons! Boy was I shocked :) I always expected them to be very outspoken about their beliefs and that it would be pretty obvious if I ever came across one. 

So I guess my question is, what are your experiences with Mormons? 

From my experience they are very nice people to have around and would probably help you out in a tight spot, even if it's just to secure their seat in heaven :) Maybe I was just lucky, but it probably beats some fundamentalist Christian trying to preach to you :p

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Comment by Angelo Spalluto on January 26, 2012 at 6:12am

Haven't had any experience with Mormons, only fundamentalist christians and jehova's witness's here. The witness go door to door... I ALWAYS invite them in and make coffee and then proceed to try and convert them, lol. Turns out most religious people really don't know their own bible that well so it makes for a good conversation. One guy was even taking notes about the stuff I was telling them.

Comment by UnTarded on January 26, 2012 at 4:42pm

What is this, Mormon day? I've been out of that fucking cult for 25 years, and I'm still not healed.

Indoctrination from infancy is hard to break free from. Even when you realize that it is all bullshit and walk away, the cult is still a major part of who you are. Time helps, but I'll never be free of it.

Many times, it was hard to turn down the invitation of Sam Wesson.

If anyone is truly interested in how badly mormonisn can fuck people up, check out:

http://exmormon.org/phorum/list.php?2

Comment by Steve on January 26, 2012 at 5:11pm

It's probably because there are only very few Mormons where you live. So they keep it to themselves. In areas where Mormons are the majority, they are extremely cult-like and even hostile to non-Mormons

Comment by Maria Anna Rivers on January 27, 2012 at 2:42am

Thanks for all the responses! @UnTarded, I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm glad you still made it out, even though they brainwashed you since you were a child. I hate how people raise their kids to have certain ideologies or to hate others blindly for race, religion, or whatever. Just makes me sick. @Steve, I guess I was just lucky then. Haven't really visited states with a lot of Mormons, and now I don't really ever want to either :P. And @Angelo, that's hilarious :D But I'm not really surprised that hardcore believers actually don't know a lot of facts about their religion. If they took their time and actually tried to read between the lines of their religious texts instead of taking everything literally, maybe they'd realize how wacky they can sound to others when they preach their gospel.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on January 27, 2012 at 12:34pm

My friend works with a really, really cute guy who is Mormon.  A very pleasant but reserved guy.  He is rail thin.  Sadly, he has some sort of condition that could be cured by taking a round of antibiotics (not an STD, you gutterheads! :-o).  His religion, or perhaps just his sect, does not believe in taking antibiotics, so the poor guy just lives on a very restricted diet to manage the condition.  I want to spike his food with antibiotics.  Then they can call it a miracle and praise God...... 

Comment by Jason on January 29, 2012 at 11:22am

Sounds like the old South Park Ep about Mormons

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