I think for the most part we as Latter-day Saints amaze people, especially those individuals who know very little about the Church. The Church for the most part has been misunderstood, and as a result, rumors have circulated. This can lead to comical situations. I remember my parents telling me of a young unmarried man that lives in their branch. He works at a nearby mine. When it was discovered by his co-workers that he’s LDS, one of the guys asked, “How many wives to you have?” Quick witted he responded, “less than you.” This produced a roar of laughter from the other co-workers.
My dad tells of a time when he was tracting on his mission in Ontario. They knocked on a door and the lady of the house answered. My dad and his companion introduced themselves, to which the lady responded, “Oh, you’re the people with the secret underwear.” My dad’s companion couldn’t resist and asked, “Aren’t yours a secret too?”
What two things were Polly Patten’s non-member relatives horrified to learn that we as Latter-day Saints do?
C) Go to Church on Thursdays (fast and testimony meeting)
D) Wear jewelry
January 19, 1953: The First Presidency informs stake presidents of the need for stenographers and other office help in the missions and suggests that a few properly trained women at least twenty-one years old be called as missionaries. The previous minimum age for sister missionaries had been twenty-three.
Richard Neitzel Holzpfel et al., On This Day In The Church (Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2000), 15.