Date: November 05, 2018 04:44PM
(Quick note: I’m a lurker here and I can’t tell you how much this community has helped me stay sane).
I work in a really TBM Mormon environment in suburban Utah Valley that’s mostly staffed by the friends and ward members of the owner. Everyone always talks about their Church callings, General Conference, Young Men’s camp, Trek, Relief Society, etc.
There are only two non-Mormons. Me (ex-Mo) and a Jewish guy. We’re both in our 20s and both kind of uncomfortable by the atmosphere at work/and TBM culture in general, so we’ve bonded. He brought his coffee maker to work, so we drink coffee in the break room and talk about non-Church life like going to concerts, skiing, whatever. Neither of us have said anything disparaging about Mormons even though my co-workers are always saying bad stuff about their family who have left the church.
Today, we were talking about stuff to do downtown during the holiday season. I was saying how I usually go to the concerts on Temple Square and sometimes the Cathedral is the Madeleine, then my friend mentioned how he met someone who sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir....and then one of my coworkers who was reading on the couch INTERRUPTED OUR FREAKIN CONVERSATION and corrected him. But it wasn’t a gentle reminder, he was pretty loud and rude about it. My friend apologized and said he didn’t know, and the response was, “Well, now you do.”
I can’t believe people are taking the name change this seriously. I’d heard stories of people getting corrected, but I refused to believe members could actually be that uptight.
Imo, if you want to have a missionary opportunity, being a pompous jerk probably isn’t the way to do it.