I wasn't a big fan of anti-Mormon literature, but I'd read enough to have a general idea of what the temple ceremony consisted of, with its ceremonial washing, strange costumes and rituals, secret names, secret oaths, and secret handshakes.
"Yeah, it's hard to imagine doing that without being royally creeped out by it," said Rex. "That's probably why they're not allowed to talk about it. They'd all be asking each other 'What the....?' 'What's with those crazy green aprons?' 'Did that make no sense to you either?'" Rex had all of this second-hand as well, so of course neither one of us knew for certain if our imagined impressions of what it was like were correct.
Since some of the older kids were watching the younger kids, April and Susan came in and joined us in the kitchen.
Noticing that no Mormons were present, Mom said conspiratorially, "It's so crazy that they take the Book of Mormon seriously, when every bit of it has been discredited. To imagine they claim that there was a metalworking society in the New World before the arrival of the European explorers!"
"Yeah obviously that sort of thing would leave evidence," said Rex. "The mines, the smelting, the steel swords and other artifacts themselves don't just biodegrade, yet how many have archaeologists found? Zero."
"And the horses," added Mom. "Scientists have shown that horses were extinct on this continent long before the supposed Book of Mormon times." We nodded in agreement. "And many of the real New World writings have been deciphered, and none of the New World peoples correspond at all to any Book of Mormon peoples in terms of the time periods or locations they lived in or the histories they wrote of themselves." We all smiled and agreed.
"Unlike the Bible," said Richard, "which has been largely corroborated by archaeological evidence.
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