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.