Monday, May 12, 2008

Can a non Mormon attend a Mormon wedding?
My husband's sister wants us to come out for her wedding ceremony in the Mormon tabernacle. It is my understanding we would not be allowed into the actual ceremony. Is this correct? —Mrs. Steven

Mrs. Steven, I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. It's the most cultish part of modern-day Mormonism if you ask me. Members of course will defend the practice because the LDS culture does not really allow for speaking out against current policies. So your husband's sister probably doesn't see how incredibly rude it is to invite you to travel to a wedding but not actually *witness* it.

My free advice (worth every penny) would be to decline and tell them why. It's their day and they can do what they want, but you don't owe it to anyone to let their church dictate whether you're "worthy" to see their services. This church is very image conscious; if enough people stand up for themselves and speak out about this, they'll change the policy some day--hopefully before my kids reach marrying age.

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