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Thursday, November 13, 2003

My English 302 class is reading a book by Krauker, called Under the Banner of Heaven. It is about Mormon fundamentalists, and why they believe so strongly in their "religion." As we have now finished the book, and read it to its entirity, I can honestly say it was an interesting, page turning book. I would recommend people reading it for the pure sake of enjoyment. It is an easy read and keeps you entertained and interested throughout. My husband use to travel on business alot to Salt Lake City, Ut where he became friends with a Mormon. The Mormon tried to get my husband intereseted in his beliefs, by taking him to the temple, giving him the book of Mormon, etc. They remain friends today and when my husband goes to Salt Lake, they invite my husband over to their house for dinner, so I have begun asking what they do, what they talk about, what if anything is weird or different? My husband said the only funny thing that really goes on that is kind of worth noting (in terms of their persuasiveness and charm to get you to convert to Mormonism) is when you go to visit the Temple and the areas around there, people (Mormons)greet you to give you information on their religion and answer any questions you may be having, but my husband said the funy thing is all the women there that greet the men are incredibly good-looking. They are in good shape, all done up to look nice, ect. I found that to be interesting, it just goes to show the Mormons are using their brains in all areas to do whatever it takes to convert any individual.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

The other day in my English class we had Mormon visitors. They came to teach us why they believe in what they believe. They were interesting to listen too, but I think very contradicting in some instances. They believe other churches and religions have fallen away from the real truth and they claim they know of this real truth, but couldn't explain it. They "pray about it." It seemed to me when Elder John didn't know a question a student would ask, it was because God hadn't "revealed" this to them yet. I think their way of thinking is very eccentric. They pray about every major life decision, which is fine, but they wait for a revelation from God. What I found odd about this is he compared these revelations to walking down the hall and remebering something you forgot to do. I left class feeling more confussed than when I entered. I know 1 hour isn't long enough to learn about why anyone believes what they believe, but instead of clearing anything up for me, they confussed me more. Maybe I will have to wait for a revelation to understand-oh that is right, women can't have revelations! Does anyone know why the clergy or whoever are called "Elders?"

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