So, I've always wondered how people could still possible think Mormons were a cult. I mean, we do a lot of good in the world! We're not creepy, we're not secretive, and yet people still insist on believing we're evil polygamists. What in the world is all that about?
Well, I finally figured out what part of the problem is. As part of my obsession with BBC's production of Sherlock, I decided to read the actual Sherlock Holmes stories, as told by Arthur Conan Doyle. I knew the author hadn't really liked Mormons, but I was not expecting anything like this.
I was reading, and kept thinking, "Really? Since when?" He made us out to be a creepy, depressing bunch who married girls off to men as young as possible, viciously silenced anyone who disagreed with church policy, and killed anyone who tried to leave. Um, hello? Did you do any authentic research about the people, or were you only writing about what would cause a sensation? No wonder the church's reputation is still in question, when people are reading that kind of misinformation! I mean, they do realize this is just the author's opinion, right? And authors are not infallible, no matter how popular they are, right?
Just another lesson on the power of words. Make sure you use yours wisely.
Fare thee well, friend!