Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Questioning the Faith of Others and the Existence of Moroni

I cannot help but think the Mormon faith is weird. I have a persistent Christian faith, despite all my doubts and questions, and I realize that many think my faith is foolish. But a guy finding golden tablets in a hillside and reading them with special glasses—doesn’t that just seem silly? My apologies to all the followers of Joseph Smith—I realize that many of them are sincere folks with a reputation for good morals and solid families.
This is on my mind because I have been reading The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, a fictional account based on historical events surrounding the life of the 19th wife of Brigham Young. With her influence the Mormon Church officially banished the practice of polygamy. However, some fundamental Mormon sects continue it to this day and in the process destroy many lives.
Since moving to Colorado over twenty years ago, I have grown more aware of the Church of Latter Day Saints because of the proximity to Utah. I have a great deal of curiosity about it which has led me to read several books pertaining to the subject; Martha Beck’s books, Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, etc.
On our flight from Boston last weekend we sat amongst a group traveling to Utah. My antennae went up as I heard some of them vigorously discussing various aspects of the Mormon faith. But I was frustrated at being unable to hear them clearly. I so wanted to eavesdrop on their conversation.