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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : You’re weird. » You’re weird.

You’re weird.

Susan M - May 31, 2007

I’ve always thought that when people of other religions talk about God, they sound weird. Even when I was a kid and I attended a Protestant church, it all sounded kind of weird to me. Phrases like, “being saved” and “accepting Christ into your heart.” What exactly does that mean, “have you accepted Christ as your personal savior”? Don’t they realize how hokey and weird that sounds?

Then I learned about the gospel and got baptized. I remember thinking very vividly, Why doesn’t this sound hokey and weird to me? I guess it’s because it all makes sense. It’s not just words. There’s substance there.

I still cringe a little inside when I hear people of other religions talk about God. It still seems weird to me. And when I hear Mormons talk about God, I think about how it must sound to someone who is a non-believer. “Joseph Smith was a prophet.” Huh? It must sound just as weird, or weirder, to them. But it doesn’t to me. It makes perfect sense. “Christ is our Lord and our redeemer.” Of course He is.

Or maybe I’m just the weird one.

15 Comments »

  1. Not weird, just peculiar. :)

    Comment by Connor — May 31, 2007 @ 11:05 am

  2. What’s really interesting is when you get a recent convert from another faith teaching a Sunday school class. That happened in one of the wards in my mission, and it was really amazing! The brother had taught catechism for decades in the Catholic church, so he was used to the specific jargon and peculiar words and phrases they use in the Catholic church, but he had a strong testimony of the Restored gospel and loved to teach it. Because he didn’t yet know any of the churchspeak or LDS jargon that’s peculiar to us, he taught the basic gospel principles in his old jargon. It was really interesting because of the refreshing perspective and way of thinking that it gave! When you grow up in the church, it’s sometimes like there’s something in your brain that shuts off when you hear something retaught to you in the church in language that you’ve heard hundreds of times already, but when you hear it in different language, it can be like rediscovering that gospel principle all over again!

    Comment by onelowerlight — May 31, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  3. Nope. You had it right the first time. Everyone else is weird, BUT us:)

    Comment by Bret — May 31, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  4. That’s cool, onelowerlight. I often think about how throwing around the same phrases we do so often can make us forget their real meaning.

    Comment by Susan M — May 31, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  5. Oh man! What I wouldn’t give to have been in this brother’s class… very cool.

    Comment by Silus Grok — May 31, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

  6. A lot of those “hokey” and “weird” phrases come right out of the Bible. Strange thing is that a lot of them are in the Book of Mormon too.

    I’d love to hear a sermon preached from the Book of Mormon, delivered Southern Baptist style. :-)

    Comment by Bookslinger — May 31, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  7. Susan M, There is a concept in folkloristics called “normal-form.” It is not a very sophisticated notion and it’s not heard to grasp. It says that despite all the different variations in tradition, whatever variation we were first exposed to will be “normal” to us — the standard we use to judge other variants against — and everything else will seem a little off.

    That concept works really well as my wife and I have battled over which version of “Little old house in the middle of the woods” to sing to our kids, the version I grew up with or the version she grew up with (her version is wrong, by the way), but in one fail swoop you have blown the concept of normal-form compeltely out of the water. Thanks a lot. I’ll be returning me degree now :)

    Comment by Glenn — May 31, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

  8. Just think of me as the exception that proves the rule. :)

    Comment by Susan M — June 1, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  9. What would you say is the most confusing between us and other denominations?

    The last few weeks I’ve been going to my favorite bible commentator’s class on the book of Romans. I’m pretty sure there’s more confusion between members and nonmembers regarding the terms “grace” and “saved” (or “salvation’) then anything else.

    Comment by Bret — June 1, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  10. I’d probably agree. I think a lot of people get thrown off by us calling 19 year old kids Elders, too. And then there’s the whole “saints” thing.

    Comment by Susan M — June 1, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  11. We’re full of weirdness:

    Stake
    Ward
    Beehive
    Mia Maid
    Laurel
    Kolob
    Endowment
    Sealing
    Mutual
    Sunbeam
    Visiting/Home teacher

    Comment by Cheryl — June 1, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

  12. How old were you before you realized the bishop’s name wasn’t Rick, and that “bishopric” was not “Bishop Rick”?

    And I wonder just how many bishops have a first name of Rick?

    Comment by Bookslinger — June 1, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

  13. “And I wonder just how many bishops have a first name of Rick?”

    Or how many Bishop’s have a LAST name of Rick?

    Comment by Lamonte — June 4, 2007 @ 4:17 am

  14. i was raised in the lower midwest. i had the opportunity to become familiar with many types of christian churches. when i was invited to the mormon church as a young marine in california, i was interested as it was one i had never been to, and the possibility of the presence of females caught my imagination as well.

    the first thing that struck me as wierd was there was no mention of being the mormon church in front of the church.

    the next thing that really struck me as being wierd was i looked around and found the people seemed to be normal. then as i got to know the people a bit more, they still seemed to be pretty much normal.

    another thing i found wierd with the young adults was that they were intelligent, creative, strong in their beliefs(yet not wierd–generally speaking of course) and they seemed to know how to have fun without assistance from alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

    the one thing about the doctrine that struck me a little wierd was the belief in modern prophets. the person who invited me dispelled that quickly by asking me a couple of easy questions.

    did i believe in the prophets of the bible?

    why would the people of ancient times need prophets more than us?

    Comment by garry — June 4, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  15. oh i forgot to mention i worked for a large christian business for a huge chunk of my career. talk about a testimony builder. no, believe me; it’s not us. did you ever see the movie “snake pit”?

    Comment by garry — June 4, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

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