Exploring Mormon Beliefs: An Insightful Overview

By Sophia Maddox | March 5, 2024

Mormon Women Are Expected To Dress Modestly

Welcome to our slideshow gallery exploring the unique rituals and beliefs of the Mormon people. The customs and practices observed by Mormons can be intriguing and sometimes puzzling to those unfamiliar with their faith.

As you continue reading we'll delve into some of the beliefs that may seem unusual or even creepy to outsiders while shedding light on their significance. From the belief in the planet Kolob to the avoidance of caffeine and the practice of posthumous baptism, we'll navigate through these intriguing aspects of Mormonism. Let's dive in!

test article image
(BYU)

In the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is an emphasis on dressing modestly, particularly for women. Modesty in clothing is seen as a way to honor God, show respect for oneself and others, and maintain a focus on spiritual values. This typically involves wearing clothing that covers the shoulders, avoids revealing or tight-fitting attire, and keeps the legs covered to an appropriate length.

While proponents argue that these standards promote spiritual values and self-respect, critics argue that they perpetuate gender inequality by placing the burden on women to control men's thoughts and desires.

Mormons Are Required To Serve A Full-Time Mission As A Rite Of Passage From Adolescence Into Adulthood

test article image

All Mormon men between the ages of 19 and 26 are expected to give two years of their lives to missionary service, as emphasized by current LDS President Gordon Hinckley. Women who are 21 years and older may also be called as missionaries, but their service period is 18 months. The majority of missionaries, accounting for 76 percent, consist of young men. Missionaries are responsible for covering all their mission expenses, and many Mormon children begin saving for their missions from a young age, often starting with their first allowances at around 6 or 7 years old.

Some young Mormons take after-school jobs to contribute to their mission funds. In cases where the cost is too burdensome for a missionary and their family, the local ward may provide financial assistance. Once accepted, missionaries undergo intensive training at the nearest Missionary Training Center, which can last up to three months with long days of instruction.

Missionaries learn six foundational lesson plans designed to guide potential converts towards baptism. Every aspect of their behavior and appearance is carefully evaluated during the training. They are taught essential skills such as active listening, maintaining a friendly demeanor, finding common ground with strangers, and handling people who aren't happy to see them. The church determines the specific location where each missionary will serve their mission.