Sunday morning is a great time to grab a cup of coffee, sit back and go through email that has mostly been ignored during the week. First up today was this little missive.
Our custodian buys books and then passes them around to our staff at school. She passed me your book, Wives and Sisters and told me it was about the Mormons. I told her I was one. I thought it would be about the reorganized church, but no, you’ve made our church out to be some weird cult where all the men are wife beaters, the bishops hide crimes from the authorities, all the wives are baby machines, and we’re all a bunch of idiots following a prophet who’s telling us not to think. I got about 60 pages into your book trying to keep an open mind, trying to find the suspense, but what came through loud and clear is you hate Mormons. The problem is you need to get your facts straight if you’re going to talk about the religion you grew up in. Talk about narrow minded. You also need to get outside of Utah where there are real people and believe me, Mormons are so totally different than Utah Mormoms. I’ve lived outside of Utah for most of my life, though 10 yrs. were spent in Utah. Utah Mormons are not the same. We, me being one from a part member family, grew up to respect other people’s religions. I don’t go around bashing their religions and sure would appreciate it if you wouldn’t bash mine. I have a brain. I have studied and gone to other churches. I believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and even if I got to heaven and found out I was fooled, it was the best decision I ever made. I have a loving husband who was raised Lutheran and converted, but not because of me. We are partners and I have four wonderful sons. We don’t beat our kids. My husband adores me and I adore him. Two of my sons have served missions and I don’t care if they ever baptize a person. I was more interested in them helping people see that they could have a better life following the teachings of Christ. I’ve received letters from people who have become better people because of my sons. And these were letters from people who didn’t join the church.
You have so many facts wrong in your book, that I told the custodian I’m going to have to write a paper so she knows the facts if she is to pass the book around. I live in a community where we are the only members.
I have had women on my visiting teaching route (that means I write to them because they are so far away), that have asked to not be contacted. I have respected their wishes, told them to write a letter to the bishop, and I’ve also passed the info on to the Relief Society Pres. and ward clerk that they don’t want contact and that’s the end of that. I am not here to force my beliefs on anyone.
Like I said before, you need to do a little living outside of Utah. In all my years of being a member – 42 to be exact and having lived in 9 different states, I’ve only had one bishop that I had issues with. You need to remember that we are all human, we are not perfect and will never be perfect. If you knew the Articles of Faith, you would know that as members we are to obey the laws of the land.
Your story made me laugh. I’m sorry, Bishops don’t cover up for crimes.
While living in Salt Lake City, 1/2 block from the police station, a member on church welfare broke into our apartment and robbed us while we were at church. The bishop didn’t hide it. The man was arrested, taken off church welfare, evicted from his apartment, etc., etc.
It’s too bad you couldn’t keep your anger out of your story line. I’ve read many wonderful books. I’m sorry to say your’s wasn’t one of them because all I felt was your anger coming out and anything you could think to bash about the church you did. Tell your folks to get a life and you need to get on with living. Why don’t you try to write something worthwhile. I love a good suspense novel and murder mystery, but your’s wasn’t a book of suspense. It was a book of you venting and then venting some more. IT came across loud and clear. Why is it that people like you just have to just keep spreading lies and hate? I told the custodian to burn this book, but if not, please include my paper with the correct facts to make sure people know what is truth and what is fiction.
Well. I’ve become a “people like you.” I always wanted to be a “People like you.” Really. Oh, and by the way, Molly, (I’m not using her real name to protect her, as I always do. I’m very protective of these Mormons) this book IS fiction. However, none of the base facts I used are incorrect. I can back them ALL up.
Most interesting to me through this rant was the fact she told the custodian to BURN my book. Goodness. A book burning. Call me J.D. Salinger. That has to be good for business….
You might notice I’m not really commenting on this email. I could have made a few comments like, “So glad you have a brain. Are you currently using it for a doorstop?” or “How would you know what the book was about, since you CLAIM To have stopped reading at page 60?” but I won’t.
I think her email speaks for itself. Someone alert the media!