A week ago, NBC aired a special on Mormons. I thought that most of it was very positive, though I was disappointed that the producers felt it necessary to interview some ex-Mormons. Not for the first time, it occurred to me that there are many misunderstandings about Mormonism, just as there are misunderstandings about other religions.
One in point is that of Islam. A couple of weeks ago, I quoted some Islamic beliefs about gratitude, ones I hadn't known. I found myself nodding in agreement with them, Why hadn't I taken the time before that to find out more about this culture and religion, rather than simply relying on media reports? It shames me to admit that I'd allowed prejudice and a good dose of laziness to prvevent me from seeking out the truths found in Islamic belief.
I believe the same is true regarding some individuals' perceptions about Mormonism. It hurts me to know that many regard my faith as a cult, that Mormon women are perceived as downtrodden and oppressed, when nothing could be further from the truth. Like me in regard to Islamic faith, these individuals prefer the media's description rather than the truth.
This I know for sure: truth is truth wherever it is found and should be treated as such.