(Original post by Mikeutah on Life After Mormonism)

MormonBeliefs.org does a pretty good job presenting the official beliefs or doctrines of the LDS church, which is a nice presentation to lure unsuspecting investigators over to their thinking via a “milk before meat” approach so as to ease new investigators ever so subtly into the weird or ultra conservative beliefs that are learned or discovered once a confirmed member, and which would otherwise scare most investigators away.  Let’s take this thread and turn it into a compiled list of unwritten or less publicized mormon beliefs and cultural expectations so as to arm unsuspecting investigators from being tricked into buying undesirable”meat”.  I’ll continually update this main post with all the varying beliefs we come up with from our own experience and time in Mormonism.  If beliefs you add stem from official doctrine or leaders, please include a source reference.  You may also include brief descriptions that expound how particular beliefs play out in Mormon culture.  Not all of these are followed or believed by all active Mormons, but are often used as a gauge by the more self-righteous Mormons to judge the righteousness of others.

Unwritten or Nonpublic Mormon Beliefs

  • Polygamy is still doctrinal in heaven and included in LDS scripture.  See D&C 132
  • Sports should not be played on Sunday
  • TV or movies should not be viewed on Sunday (except Church or “happy” media)
  • Children should not be allowed to play with friends on Sunday
  • Working on Sunday is strictly discouraged and really only not looked down on if you’re an emergency response personnel, or other on-call emergency type jobs (doctors, police, firemen, nurses etc)
  • Rated R movies should be strictly avoided
  • 10% of your gross income (tithing) needs to be paid to the bishop/church before you pay for any other financial obligations, bills, food or other purchases
  • Coffee and tea are prohibited even though they aren’t specifically referenced by doctrine
  • For some families, all caffeinated drinks and sodas are prohibited
  • If you have dark skin and convert to Mormonism, your skin will begin to lighten/whiten
  • You become a God/Goddess and are given powers to create your own worlds without number
  • You should not be alone in a room or car with a member of the opposite sex to “avoid even the appearance of evil”
  • Beer is prohibited even though it is scripturally allowed (D&C 89:17) “…and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain”  Beer was openly consumed in Utah by Mormons until Prohibition made it unpopular and the practice ceased.
  • The Garden of Eden was in Missouri when Adam and Eve were kicked out
  • All saints are to return to Missouri before the final arrival of Jesus for the Second Coming.  Some believe this exodus back to Missouri would be on foot.
  • Two LDS Elders or Missionaries will stand and protect the city of Jerusalem during Armageddon, as spoken of in Revelations and D&C 77:15
  • Native Americans are the descendants of the Lamanites spoken of in the Book of Mormon
  • The LDS Temple marriage is considered superior to all other religious marriage ceremonies and must be obtained if you want to be with your spouse in the after life.  Not married in the temple?  Too bad, no spouse/partner in the after life.
  • Love isn’t as strong between couples and families who are not LDS
  • Follow the prophet or leaders even if you think they are wrong
  • Criticism of prophets or leaders will lead you towards apostasy
  • Don’t use Ouija boards, face cards or tarot cards.  They are of the devil.
  • The US Constitution will hang by a thread and be saved by LDS Elders before the 2nd coming
  • Women were discouraged from wearing pants up until the late ’60s or ’70s
  • 3 Nephites still rome the Earth from Christ’s visit to the America’s, blessed by Him to not experience death until his second coming
  • The moon will literally turn to blood during second coming crisis
  • Heavenly Mother/Goddess exists, but she/them are too sacred to discuss and cannot be worshiped or prayed to
  • Only Mormon’s can go to the highest degree of heaven, which is why proxy ordinances are done in LDS temples for as many dead people as LDS Inc can get their hands on
  • Kids or babies who die before reaching 8 years old are perfect and automatically get into heaven
  • Missionaries can curse people by dusting their feet off as a witness to them rejecting the gospel
  • Satan has power over the oceans, lakes and rivers which is why LDS Missionaries are not allowed to swim
  • Satan can’t read your thoughts so praying silently can help keep some of your secrets from him
  • Dating is strictly prohibited until you’re 16 and then only group dating is allowed or encouraged until you can marry after your mission or marry a return missionary
  • Doctrinal polygamy gives the 1st wife authority to reject any prospects she doesn’t like.  This was never really practiced though.
  • Women who fail to marry in the temple during their life will be assigned a worthy spouse in the hereafter and likely as a sister wife with a harem of women
  • Black people bear the curse of Cain and were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence (pre-Earth life) and sat on the fence as to whether to follow Satan/Lucifer or Jesus
  • Cremation will make being resurrected harder, having to recollect all of your atoms/molecules from where ever they were spread
  • God the father is only one of millions or endless Gods who are all basically relatives, fathers, brothers, grand-gods and so forth to our own God.  If we’re worthy, we get to join the God club too.
  • From the polygamy days, a man had to have at least 2 wives to get into the highest degree of heaven
  • A woman’s purpose in heaven is solely to birth endless babies to populate the worlds created by their husbands.  Billions and billions of babies!
  • Gestation is still 9 months in heaven
  • You are better off dying trying to fend off a rapist than to survive as a victim of rape, your virginity forever stolen from you
  • Temple garments or underwear will protect you from physical harm or the grasp of Satan
  • Girls can only have one piercing in each ear.  No piercings allowed by boys/men.
  • Tattoos are a big no-no and should never be allowed to defile your bodies.  If you have tattoos when you convert, you may be encouraged to pay for laser removal at your own expense.
  • Flip-flops are not to be worn in the church building
  • All forms of birth control (condoms, pills, etc) are discouraged and the couple should allow as many children into their home as God decides to send them
  • The Earth was not created by God, but by Jesus and Michael/Adam as taught in the LDS Temple endowment ceremony
  • Secret hand shakes, keywords and signs are provided in the Temple endowment as passwords and keys to get back into heaven, like a kids club where only those with the secret passwords can get in
  • The church partners with Boy Scouts of America for the development of males but does not endorse nor partner with the Girl Scout programs or similar female development programs
  • The Holy Ghost is threatened or turned away by bars, clubs and “dirty” places so will not protect you or guide you if you choose to enter such filthy places
  • Mormon Garments must be worn day and night, only removed for sex, showering and some sporting activities
  • Women must wear their bras and panties over their garments, as the garment should be the layer closest to the skin for maximum protection
  • If you’re not a Mormon, or are unworthy without a temple recommend, you get excluded from the Temple wedding ceremony of loved ones, kids, siblings or best friends
  • Mormon’s do feel there is something special about them, or that they are better than non-mormons.  Having the ultimate “truth” does that to people.
  • Masturbation is a sexual sin/transgression and seen as cheating on your existing or future spouse
  • Sexual transgression is a sin next to murder in God’s eyes
  • Jesus atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, not on the cross
  • Jesus wasn’t born of a virgin.  God had natural sex with Mary to impregnate Jesus
  • You can’t get into heaven without Joseph Smith’s permission
  • You can visit loved ones in lower kingdoms, but you cannot visit higher kingdoms of heaven if you didn’t merit it yourself, though they can visit you (see D&C 76)
  • You can tell the difference between a good angel, bad angel or resurrected being by their willingness or ability to shake your hand
  • No rainbows shall appear during the year before Jesus’ second coming
  • If you’ve had a sex change, you cannot ever hold any callings/jobs in the church and only get baptized at the express permission of the First Presidency/prophet
  • Role playing games, like D&D, are also evil
  • Dinosaur fossils are to test our faith, and likely came from matter left over from past destroyed planets that were used/recycled to create Earth
  • When a prophet or leader errors, it was because he was acting as a man and not as a prophet.  There’s no indication until after the fact as to whether he was acting as one or the other, so you should always presume he’s acting as prophet until proven otherwise
  • Free agency and choice is revered, but don’t make the wrong choice or we will judge, look down on and guilt you until you either stop making said wrong choices
  • Once the prophet or brethren have spoken, the thinking has been done.  Don’t question it.
  • When someone leaves the church, it is God’s way of separating the wheat (good mormons) from the chaff (bad, evil apostates)
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