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The Blood Doctrine

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I have made mention here before about having a Mormon background. Or as those in the religion, say LDS. My entire family are Mormon. We’re not just Mormon, we’re really Mormon. As in my dad’s side of the family is in the church’s history books has being responsible for bringing the Mormon religion to the Samoan Islands. My great-great-great-(not sure how many greats that should be so I’ll stop there)-grandfather gave up his very important titles to serve the church and to have his family do the same. Which they did with fervor. Most if not all of the men in my family are at some point appointed Bishops, Stake Presidents and onwards and upwards.

The Mormon bloodline so to speak is just as strong on my mom’s side where we have relatives that helped build Salt Lake City and their names can be found on various monuments around the area. So, when I say my family is Mormon, I mean it.

Which is why this new book called The Blood Doctrine caught my attention. The excerpt reads:

Practicing past teachings, a Mormon missionary viciously murders a homosexual man in the avenues of Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Elder Aaron Lee and his mission companion walked the Salt Lake City streets spreading the teachings of the LDS Church. After talking with James Barone on the porch of his avenues home, Aaron couldn’t get the thoughts to cease. “Homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of the lord.” 

“Why would a Mormon missionary murder?” That was the one question that kept looping through detective Klingensmith’s mind. He and his partner detective Robbins were about to find out in a journey that would take them from Salt Lake City to the red rocks of southern Utah.

My first reaction was a bit of shock. While I have come to be extremely saddened and even angry at what I have learned the Mormon church to be behind, I still have a certain idea about LDS people that I will never be able to fully lose. Which is based off of my life time of experiences with my family. If I were to be super generic I would tell you that Mormon people tend to be super conservative, but always kind, polite, friendly and never pushy about their religion. They might not approve of someone’s choices but they would never be so bold as to be anything less then polite to their face. Which is more then I can say for a lot of people.

But back to the book. It sounded interesting. Looking at their website, it sounded even more interesting … and it is. It also made me super glad I didn’t buy a house in SLC nine years ago when I almost moved there.

This book is a good read for people into religious story-lines, mysteries and even history buffs will get something from this. I feel slightly (ever so slightly) weird about this book. My family has never been hateful to me or my wife. They are open minded people that are Mormon. Which tells me that there are more like them out there. So I don’t want the reading of this book to create any more animosity then already exists. But it’s a pretty good read with a lot historical backing, which makes it scary. Scary because it could happen. Scary because things like this do happen, across the board, regardless of religion.

I’m curious if any other people that read this blog come from an LDS background and what’s your take on any of the Mormon/Anti-Gay is? Anyone read this book yet? I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

This article has 5 comments

  1. Sasha

    Btw I was having 2nd thoughts about posting this again because my wonderful aunt, who is Mormon, was just here and she loves and supports my wife and I. She even wears my Ellen Degeneres Gay Values necklce every day to work (she’s a school teacher and wants to teach her kids about equality) …. It then I read more on the site and this page http://www.missionarymurder.com/reference.php#modernday …. Made me feel like this is an important book and I portent information on this site and that everyone should read this. I am so upset by what the church is doing. It’s shameful. Maybe books like this and public opinion will help tell the Mormon church that they can’t do these things anymore. it’s not the 1800s anymore and we won’t be stoned to death or otherwise harassed in the name of anyone’s god!

  2. E46FastChick

    I will have to check this book out. I’m not religious but I like to read religious things to stay on top of what’s going on.

    I have met a few Mormon people here in Atlanta. Most of those that I have met are young–23 to 30–and when they found out I was gay did have a visceral reaction to it but most of it was positive 🙂

  3. Rexie

    Absolutely chilling. And disturbing. I delved into their website and discovered that while this book is fiction, it is taken from actual events, teachings, attitudes and Mormon church edict. To learn that the Blood Doctrine is real and that the church founder actually prescribed the murder of homosexuals, as well as the murder of anyone who opposed him, is beyond anything I can comprehend. To further learn that there are actual cases where church members killed “in the Name of God” makes me think those were cases of extremism and those people had the killer instinct and just used church doctrine as an excuse to carry out their blood lust. I know many Mormons, and even though they tend to be secretive about their faith, they are among the nicest people I have ever met. The Mormon Church has had to denounce errant beliefs before, and with the release of this book, I expect the church officials to carefully consider their positions. If they still adhere to this doctrine, then it is time for the church to be cleansed of it, because if they don’t, I expect them to be held fully accountable for crimes of hatred. I am glad you posted this. It will help promote the book and therefore, cause people who might be unaware open their eyes.

  4. Norm Vaupel

    When I first saw the title of this book, I admit freely, I was a tad leery. Then I saw the link for this review. I am of Mormon heritage as well. I was born and raised in the church. I was emotionally blackmailed into serving a mission at the age of 19 and within a few years of returning I married in the temple. Just two and a half years into my marriage I found the courage and with the help of an LDS therapist finally came out of the closet. Reading this review has me now very intrigued by this book. It is now on my amazon wishlist. Thank you for your candor and your honesty in reviewing this book.

  5. Lori

    Wow-that sounds like a pretty powerful emotion provoking book. I was raised, sort of, as episcopalian. Over the years I have evolved my thinking to now be an athesist. I agree with you-the homophobic man who killed that gay man happened to be Morman, nothing more. As far as relgion though, I am not so sure religion in itself didn’t contribute to his delusional thinking causing such strong emotions to prompt him to kill someone. I see this as children who are brought up to believe things that are not apparent, nor logical-and by that I mean they are ‘spritual’ mores- (I’m not being disrespectful). When you couple that with someone who has a tendancy to have extremist views or throw themselves into ‘their work’ so to speak-its a recipe for diseaster in my opinion. They are apt to take the bible,l or their teachings, literally, word for word. I am just thankful that my father spent quite a bit of time teaching me to think for myself and didn’t allow me to be ‘programmed’. All of what i have said is my opinion and nothing more so take it for what it is worth.

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