Between acronyms and specially defined words for LDS use, sometimes trying to understand Latter-day Saints can take a turn for the hilarious. Check out this list of "Mormon Speak" terms, their mistaken translations, and what we really meant.
Sometimes it's easy for lifelong members to forget not everyone grew up a Latter-day Saint. All it takes is a new member, investigator, or non-LDS friend to remind us that sometimes, we're speaking a different language.
Get a chuckle out of these common LDS lingo misunderstandings--and then tell us some of your experiences with Mormon jargon in the comments.
What we say: “My brother just went to the MTC today.”
What others think: “The Empty Sea? Where’s that? Nevada?”
What we really mean: "The MTC" = Missionary Training Center, where young members who volunteer to proselyte go to learn. And they would all be thrilled to go to Empty Sea, Nevada, if the Lord called them there!
What we say: “Eight cows? No, no, she’s a ten-cow wife!”
What others think: “You rate your spouse on a scale of cows? Is that an old pioneer tradition or what?”
Do you bring snacks to sacrament meeting for your kids? Check out our list for the pros and cons of favorite church snacks.
Take the Donny Osmond trivia quiz and find out how well you know this LDS superstar! Click through the pages to find out the answer to each question!
The Church is the same everywhere--but in Hawaii, it's got a little extra culture thrown into the mix. Find out 5 things that are different about Hawaiian Church members and meetings.
Chances are you have heard someone utter the phrase: “the Church is the same everywhere.” I have traveled quite a bit and attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all over the world. In my experience, this statement is absolutely true. Also, completely false.
While the doctrine is the same, the lessons are taught from the same manuals, and the structure and organization is consistent, a strong local culture can’t help but influence (and in my opinion enhance) the worship experience. I can’t think of a better example of this than my home state of Hawaii. The Church is different there (also the same—am I confusing anyone yet?) In the spirit of celebrating the beautiful and unique place I was born, I give to you five ways the Church is different in Hawaii.
1. We don’t shake hands.
Okay, some people shake hands. There is not a weird “no one is to shake hands” rule. But in general, Hawaiians follow the Tommy Boy philosophy to life: “Brothers don’t shake hands, brothers hug.” I don’t currently live in Hawaii (sadly), so I love going back for visits and being reminded of the hugging culture. When I have brought friends to Hawaii and take them to Church with me, they always comment on how many strangers hugged them.
We asked you to tell us what your favorite temple is, and out of all 143 operating temples, one emerged the victor. It came down to the San Diego California Temple, the Salt Lake Temple, the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, and the Washington D.C. Temple. Drum roll please for the winner! Brrrrrrrrrrrum........
Salt Lake Temple wins it by 7% of the vote! Here’s the breakdown:
1. Salt Lake Temple (35%)
2. San Diego California Temple (28%)
3. Washington D.C. Temple (19%)
4. Nauvoo Illinois Temple (19%)
And it’s no surprise that this iconic temple has won the hearts of the Saints. Because of all the time and work the pioneers put into it, a healthy love for the Salt Lake Temple is instilled in many Mormons—no matter where they live. Here are some interesting things you may not have known about this beloved temple:
- The pioneers spent 40 years building their beloved temple, while three other temples were finished and dedicated before the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated.
-This temple was the first to have a standing angel Moroni on its spire. The angel stands 14 feet tall, with a steel rod extending down into the tower about 27 feet, where a 4,000 pound counterbalance keeps the statue standing strong against even the worst storms.