Idaho's Misunderstood Mormon & LDS Communities

Despite how many Idahoans belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormonism, there always seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the differences between the two and what either camp believes in.

More often than not, I hear misguided attempts to explain what makes one unique compared to the other. From accusations of radical conservatism, to wild rumors about their feelings towards caffeine, sex, and underwear, there's a lot of misinformation floating around the Treasure Valley.

No one enjoys being misunderstood, so let's clear up some of the most common myths and misconceptions about our friends and neighbors who practice the teachings of Joseph Smith.

Scroll for 10 bizarre myths & misconceptions about Idaho Mormons & LDS.

10 Totally Ridiculous Myths About Idaho Mormons & Latter-day Saints

When you live in Idaho or really anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you hear lots of ridiculous theories and ideas about Mormons; especially when it comes to what people think they can and can't do.

But far be it from us to speak on behalf of a religion we don't belong to! Instead, we looked to advice from Jim Harmer, a Latter-day Saint who doesn't take himself or these silly myths too seriously!

Scroll on to check out a list of the most popular myths about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Do you have a myth or misconception to add to the gallery? Email ryan.valenzuela@townsquaremedia.com.

Do you know the difference between Mormons & LDS?

Now that we've gotten the myths and misconceptions out of the way, let's talk about the main difference between Mormons and members of the LDS church.

According to the Church of Jesus Christ website, there's an easy way to remember what sets them apart.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the name mandated in scripture in 1838. Calling it the "Mormon Church" or "LDS Church" leaves out the most central part of the Church: Jesus Christ. Consequently, the Church does not refer to itself as "the Mormon Church" and discourages use of that term.

-Church of Jesus Christ

That's pretty useful information given how large the Pacific Northwest Mormon and LDS communities are. How big are those communities? Well, Utah takes the lead with a population of 2,161,526 Joseph Smith followers. Coming in second place is California with 734,989, followed by Idaho with 471,241.

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At the end of the day, LDS members and Mormons don't expect non-followers to know everything little thing about their faith. Respecting their beliefs is likely more than enough. But if given the opportunity to know better and do better, why not take it?

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