That whole hot mess in Texas? Completely different religion than mine. I’d like to tell you the whole history of the FLDS church but I’m not sure where to go for reliable information. I do know that my church put out a press release explaining the difference and I’d encourage you to read it since I could never explain it so eloquently without sheer plagiarism.

This is where I lose some readers after scathing emails about the horrible church that I belong to. (It happens every time I post about religion.) And that’s just fine. You’re all entitled to your own opinion. But I’d appreciate it if you’d keep your mean comments to yourself, save yourself the time spent writing the email and just hit “unsubscribe”. Thanks.

Anyway, the temple they keep showing in Texas and the temples that members of our church attend are completely different. While I won’t go into the sacred details of my temple worship I will tell you that there is no cyanide, no “wedding beds” and modesty is honored. The following quote is from

When individuals go to the temple, they should wear their best clothing, as they do when they attend church. When they are inside the temple, they exchange their clothing for the white clothing of the temple. This change of clothing takes place in a dressing room, where each person uses a locker and a private dressing space. In the temple, modesty is carefully maintained.

As individuals put their clothing in the locker, they can leave all their worldly distractions behind. Dressed in white, they can feel a oneness and a sense of equality with others in the temple, for everyone around them is similarly dressed.

To explain it as easily as possible, nothing happens inside our temples that would offend even the most sensitive of elderly grandma. And truth be told I am sickened about the goings on in Texas.

Just as there are less than savory members of my church I’m sure there are some magnificent people who belong to the FLDS church. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt just as I ask you to give me the benefit of the doubt that I am a good person trying to do good in this world, regardless of if you agree with my beliefs or not.

So there you go, your friendly neighborhood Mormon standing up for herself. Now be nice. And go enjoy the sunshine.


  1. I doubt I have anything to add to this conversation. . . I was raised Catholic, am now completely separated from any religion, have vague explanations of my own personal spirituality, and was told last night by a very conservative Baptist that I am going to hell. And yes, he tried to convince me to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior so I wouldn’t have to go to hell. And yes, I told him I wasn’t interested. So I really appreciate when you write about your religion; you do so in a factual, respectful way. And I’m sorry that the state of the world is such that you even need to defend yourself or your religion against accusations based on what happened in Texas.

    Rebecca’s last blog post..Come One, Come All

  2. casey, thanks for explaining so much so clearly for all of us who don’t know LDS. specifically, i was gonna ask about the difference between ‘church’ and ‘temple’, but i read through all the comments and now i know.

    megachick’s last blog post..carnivory is hereditary

  3. My brother is one of the CPS agents there. It’s truly disturbing and heartbreaking. Be assured if nothing else, we know that Mormons and FLDS are NOT the same thing.

    rachel’s last blog post..Bite Me, Roadrunner

  4. What are the actual similarities differences of FLDS vs. LDS?
    (apart from the obvious plural marriage and dress)


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