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    Senior Member Eileen's Avatar
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    I have been in a Mormon temple before it was consecrated. There's a lot of white and beige, and there are many fancy sofas. There's a room with parallel mirrors; if I remember correctly, it was the bridal preparation room, and the mirrors remind the bride that she will be sealed to this man for all time and eternity. There's also a room with a pool and some ox statues (I think) where baptisms are performed, including baptisms-by-proxy for the dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    I have been in a Mormon temple before it was consecrated. There's a lot of white and beige, and there are many fancy sofas.
    Too true! I grew up in a heavily Mormon part of the country (Boise, Idaho), and when I was hmm... 12-ish they had tours through the pre-consecrated temple there too - it was pretty much just like Eileen's description... LOTS of beige and, particularly, white.

    I'd take Jeffster's suggestion and visit the official web site. You could visit a local church too, but that's almost certainly going to put you on the "potential new member" list, and it sounds like you're not really looking for that.

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    One interesting resource I've found is exmormon.org. It is a community of people interested in questioning/leaving the church. The site is formally known as 'Recovery from Mormonism', and it is definately not neutral. On the other hand, there are a lot of personal accounts regarding how church doctrine is taught to the average person (that is questioning/ has left), the difficulty some people have in leaving, and how the cultural aspects of the faith affect people's lives.
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    I don't believe many LDS/Mormons are that into godless MBTI psychology, but I'd love to ask them a few questions.

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    Just felt like telling you all that I first thought this thread was titled "question for LSD morons". That would have been very different.
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    I believe that "gretch" is a LDS/Mormon but I don't think she posts here anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyLadybug View Post
    I hope this is the correct place to ask this question. I have always been curious about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I was wondering if there were any LDS on here who could tell me more about it and how much of your faith is part of your daily life.
    Sorry Lindsey, I just now discovered this thread. I am LDS and I'll try to answer your questions. I grew up as an only child in a part member family (my mother is not LDS) and I became really active in the church about 12 years ago (I'm 29yrs old).

    Faith is a part of my daily life in that it give me the desire to be better person today than I was yesterday, and that effects all aspects of my life constantly. It also gives me a sense of gratitude to God for everything that I have become, because He is the one that I owe my life to. That's not to say that I've become someone great or inherently special, but I've seen myself improve from year to year, and that drive for improvement comes from my faith... from the belief that my purpose here is to strive to be a Christ-like individual.

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    What are the temples like?
    I think Eileen's earlier description was accurate. The only thing that I would add is that it's very peaceful.

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    What things (beliefs, things you wear, practices, etc) set you apart as LDS?
    Where to begin... I hear Mormons are pretty strange. If I was to narrow it all down to one thing though, I'd say that it's the belief that the church of Christ was represented by prophets in addition to those in the Bible and that the church continues to be represented by prophets today like in Biblical times. I think most everything else that separates the LDS from traditional Christianity is rooted in this concept.

    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyLadybug View Post
    Do you think your personality type affects your faith?
    I wasn't 100% clear on what you were asking here, but I'll give my best answer: I think that faith is a universal principle. Everyone has faith in something, whether it be of a religious nature or not, or whether it's even true or not. What a person chooses to have faith in isn't a product of their personality type imo. There are certainly many LDS personalities. If you have any other questions, I hope you won't hesitate to ask.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I don't believe many LDS/Mormons are that into godless MBTI psychology, but I'd love to ask them a few questions.
    MBTI psychology is godless? Dang it! NOW I find out...

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    Mormons? lots of jokes fly around, but I think they're probably the nicest group of people you could run across. They seem very strict, yet are never over-bearing about their faith. Humility is a virtue plz

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    I'm Mormon, too, so I thought I'd chime in...

    About the "personality type affecting faith thing," that's hard to say. I'm an NT, and I think the idea of faith is a difficult concept for NTs to understand. In our church, feelings are very, very important. Feeling the spirit (as a member of the godhead) is also really important. As a child, this was difficult for me. I was completely unaware of my feelings because I lived so much in my own head. As I grew older, though, I became more in touch with my emotional side (not a whole lot, but I'm more balanced out now).

    I think being a mormon has really helped me grow personality-wise. I used to be pretty pessimistic (I am an INTJ, after all), but optimism and hope are a central part to the LDS belief system. I started trying to be more hopeful in the last few years, and I'm really much happier for it.

    As for Mormonism being strict, well, I think that's somewhat true. I think Mormons aren't wishy-washy in what they believe (not that everyone else is). It's just that, we believe you should live your religion. I think that, the point of religion for me is to improve myself. "Why be religious if it doesn't make you a better person?" is my thought process. Mormonism encourages you to take all aspects of your life and focus them on Jesus Christ, self-improvement, love, and understanding.

    As a rational person, I see coffee, tea, and alcohol as unhealthy things, so I'm grateful that Mormonism kind of gives me an excuse not to do those things. I think if I ever stopped being a Mormon, I would still follow the Mormon "health" guidelines because I think they're a good idea. Of course, that isn't to say that some Mormons don't follow those guidelines... I know plenty of us who don't.

    So there you have it. Being religious kind of went against my grain as a child, but it really helped to round out my character as an adult by teaching me the value of being optimistic and having emotional responses.

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    I don't know a lot about a lot about LDS/Mormons, but some Mormons/Elders did come to my house the other day. They were super nice and strangely sexy, and i wanted to invite them in for drinks, but i wasn't sure if Mormons were down with that. They also seemed very open to criticism of their faith, and listened to me very closely when i told them what i do and do not believe.

    I wanted to close the door in their faces when they first showed up, but i'm far too nice, and i know they are just trying to spread their faith, they mean no harm.

    they left me a bible though, i'm not religious,at all, but it has been very interesting to read.
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