About the Mormons
When I was in high school, around 1956, I met a blue eyed, curly haired young man and immediately asked him to take me to a dance after a football game.
He was a new comer and was a fugitive from New Zealand where he was accused of getting a young Maori girl pregnant.
He was also a Mormon, and was sent to live with his brother while the scandal in New Zealand blew over.
We were an item for a while, but called if off when he would not change his religion and I would not give up being Catholic. We also had no money to elope to Reno.
That was all I knew about Mormons until 1998 when I met a woman at work in New York while working as a librarian, and had seen my younger daughter get married in secret to a Mormon that she met at BYU.
My friend had lived in Utah as a teen, and informed me that yes; Mormons got divorced, drank alcohol, smoked, did dope, and had sordid lives just like the rest of us.
I got onto the god Google and found a bulletin board that gave the stories of people who had dropped away from their religion and told their true stories to the world.
Since these stories were both good and informative, they provided some much needed rounding out of my education in the anthropological sense.
I had studied the major religions in college, and only touched on the minor ones like Jainism, Taoism, Amish, and Mormons.
For years I went to the board to catch up on gossip, and keep track of those who were personal friends. I even went to two conventions and got to know some more people, but had to drop them for want of things in common.
My daughter asked why I would even be interested in studying a religion from those who proved to be apostates. Since I am a full disbeliever in all gods, it is only natural to study not only the publically approved version of any religion but also the dark sides.
All religions have their dark stories: the Amish have control freaks and incest, the Catholics have control freaks, government interfering and sexual predators. Why would we think that any religion is different when they are made up of human beings with all the flaws contained therein?