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Day 18. While visiting Salt Lake City, Ken and I spent some time checking out what the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) was all about. The volunteers, who are all elderly guides putting in their time, are incredibly kind and strangely vacant.
I imagine this is what visiting the DPRK must be like - hordes of scarily friendly guides, lots of no-go zones, and cautious, skirting responses to any sort of probing questions.
Fun facts about the crazy shit that Mormons believe!
- Dark skin is a sign of a curse from God, whereas white skin means you're blessed. He changed His mind about this in 1978 after significant public pressure, and Blacks can now be ordained priests. The LDS council is still 100% white, funny that.
- Native Americans are the lost tribe of Israel, who came over around 600 BCE on boats.
- You must tithe your full dues or you won't go to Heaven. Their God is a capitalist God, judging by the heft of the Church coffers.
- Jesus visited the Americas and appeared to people in what is now Mexico.
There's lots more crazy where that comes from.