17 Things People Get Wrong About Latter-day Saints


3. “That must mean you like Jell-O and casseroles.”

Actually, I can assure everyone, including the sweet girl who said this to me my sophomore year in college, that my culinary inclinations (like most peoples’) are not based on where I go to church on Sundays.

What I can say is that Latter-day Saints do tend to have large families, and large families tend to have inexpensive food like casseroles more frequently. But even though I was one of five kids in my home growing up, we almost never ate Jell-O or casseroles. Or Jell-O casseroles. None of that. In fact, based on LDS Living Facebook comments, I’d say that a fair portion of my fellow Latter-day Saints both in and out of Utah would agree with me that the Latter-day Saint and Jell-O connection is rather tenuous.

4. “Are you going to marry your cousin?”

Also no. I think the person who asked me this question thought intra-family marriage was a Latter-day Saint practice from a mixed-up misunderstanding of a few things: the Church’s history with polygamy, our tendency to have large families, and a dash of how members are counseled to date other members.

Today, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t have multiple wives, and unless there’s a situation a la Star Wars going down, Latter-day Saints don’t date members of their own families, either. (Just like everybody else.)

5. “How’s Donny Osmond doing?”

If someone asked me this, I'd have no idea how to answer this question. I get that Donny Osmond is a famous Latter-day Saint singer, but any random member of the Church probably isn’t a close enough friend of a celebrity to know how he or she is doing, whether that celebrity is a Latter-day Saint or not. We might have seen Donny's latest show or recently downloaded his app, but the highest hope most of us can aspire to is finding our three degrees of Donny Osmond.

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