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I learned something new about Mormonism today
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:54:10 PM »
I know a recovering Mormon who I talk religion with frequently. She mentioned something today that I was completely unaware of. Apparently when Mormons pray, they don't clasp their hands like mainstream christians do, they cross their arms instead, with their hands just above the opposite elbows.

I was honestly, for just a moment, very much in the "wtf? That's so weird!" place. I had to laugh at myself in the next instant when I realized how stupid that was. It turns out, neither of us could figure out where the clasped hands thing comes from either.

Anyone know a random oddity from a faith tradition that might not be widely known?
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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2015, 08:27:54 PM »
That is odd.  And I have no idea where it started.  I always wondered why Mormon temples/churches don't have crosses on top of the buildings.  They just have a rod pointing up in the air.  Not sure but I don't think they buy into the dying on the cross thing.
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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2015, 10:23:21 PM »
That is odd.  And I have no idea where it started.  I always wondered why Mormon temples/churches don't have crosses on top of the buildings.  They just have a rod pointing up in the air.  Not sure but I don't think they buy into the dying on the cross thing.

I'll try to remember to ask about this the next time we talk about it. I'm curious too.

@ Nam, Thanks for the link. That was interesting.
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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2015, 08:38:50 AM »
Judism has a lot of weird secret stuff.  For example, the Vulcan hand sign was based on a Jewish ritual.
http://www.businessinsider.com/leonard-nemoy-created-the-vulcan-salute-2015-2
I used to know a wiki page for it, but I have forgotten it.

It is a very strange and primitive religion.

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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2015, 12:52:09 PM »
Judism has a lot of weird secret stuff.  For example, the Vulcan hand sign was based on a Jewish ritual.
http://www.businessinsider.com/leonard-nemoy-created-the-vulcan-salute-2015-2
I used to know a wiki page for it, but I have forgotten it.

It is a very strange and primitive religion.

In stark contrast to not-at-all strange, modern religions, such as...

...

...drawing a blank here.
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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2015, 02:42:57 PM »
JW's don't do the cross thing at all. No crucifixes or crosses anywhere. No images of Jesus or Mary or anyone else in the Kingdom Halls. No stained glass or other decorations, either. No holidays or partying or dancing or drinking.  No communion, except for once a year at the Lord's Evening Meal, which was kind of like a Jewish Shabbat service. Straight up anti-Catholic early Protestant stuff, like the Puritans, in some ways.
 
And we were not supposed to do the prayer thing with our hands, or even clasp the hands. Just bowed heads. Can't remember why that prayer hand thing was wrong. But it was another no.

Lots of no, no, no. The two yeses were 1)witness for Jehovah and 2)get ready for Armageddon. Which is right around the corner in 1914, or 1974. Or...... &)
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2015, 02:49:55 PM »
Man, that sounds boring.  I did not mine the stain glass, gothic churches, wine, music, etc.  Ritual is what keeps it going, I guess.  Besides it looks kind of dumb to hang a cross around your neck with no cross.

Oh, and I wish door knocking was one of their no nos as well.
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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2015, 08:13:42 PM »
I can't think of any weird things for Southern Baptists. Just a lot of bigotry, prejudices, racism, sexism etc., food was great, though.

Though I do find converting at funerals tasteless and rude, I don't find it odd.

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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2015, 09:09:50 PM »
Man, that sounds boring.  I did not mine the stain glass, gothic churches, wine, music, etc.  Ritual is what keeps it going, I guess.  Besides it looks kind of dumb to hang a cross around your neck with no cross.

Oh, and I wish door knocking was one of their no nos as well.

Sorry. Witnessing is in the name..... :P
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: I learned something new about Mormonism today
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 04:02:39 AM »
the clasping hands is easy, they reach out to touch/hug god and get a hand full of...nothing.

no matter how many times they try it, it's just like he isn't there.


that is where faith comes from, maybe next time they will feel his Omni-ness embrace...or not.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2015, 04:04:34 AM by eh! »
some skepisms,
1. "I have not seen God. I have felt the invisible presence"
2. What if there is a rock in the middle of a road, a blind person is speeding towards it, ...they say that they can't see it.   Would you recommend him to keep speeding?