Friday, April 15, 2016

Blogging Buffet: M is for Mormon

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on July 29,2012.



Have you ever been curious about something, but didn't want to ask about it for fear of appearing ignorant, somehow offending, or being met with an all-too-enthusiastic answer? 

Certain topics, particularly religion and politics, seem to elicit that response more than others. 

In case you ever wondered about Mormons, here is a great info-graphic that gives an overview:



It seems that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is frequently in the news lately.  Some of the reports are well-researched and respectfully written; others show a lack of knowledge, or do not accurately reflect Mormon beliefs.  Click Mormonism FAQ to learn more about the beliefs of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   

Now it's my turn to be curious:  Did the infographic or link provide information you didn't know before?  And, are your religious views ever misunderstood, and what would you like to clarify?



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Thanks for freedom of religion, and open, respectful communication.

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6 comments:

  1. That graphic is wonderful. The one thing I absolutely did not know was about the 2 days of fasting. I think that is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. It could have been a bit more clear; it's actually one day of fasting for two meals. Nothing to eat or drink, generally the first Sunday of the month. We are encouraged to give a generous fast offering.

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  2. It's a really great graphic! And I didn't know about the fasting, either. I do know that every Mormon I have ever known has been very kind and very family oriented, including you!

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    1. Fasting serves several purposes: by refraining from food and drink for 24 hours (usually starting a fast after dinner on Saturday night and breaking the fast with Sunday's dinner), we put aside physical things to focus more on the spiritual. We are encouraged to give a generous fast offering (at least the cost of the 2 missed meals) to donate to those who are in need. Those who might not be able to physically fast for 24 hours due to medical issues, etc., are still encouraged to adapt the fast to their circumstances--maybe not as long, maybe just plain types of food--it is up to the individual to determine what the fast is to them. Our Sunday sacrament meeting on Fast Sunday does not have assigned speakers--it is open for anyone to stand up and briefly share their thoughts.

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!