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This was an actual episode of 10 Things You Don’t Know About on the History Channel H2. I came across it in my channel surfing this evening and had to blog about it. The show does a nationwide poll and comes up with 10 random facts on historical figures that the textbooks left out.

Here are the 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Mormons

How many of these do you know?

I love how in time portraits of Joseph Smith and Jesus keep getting more attractive. This is a gay blog so I chose the most attractive one ... and probably the more innacurate.

  1. Joseph Smith was a treasure hunter.
  2. The Book of Mormon says Indians were Jewish.
  3. Masonic rituals inspired Mormon rituals.
  4. Mormons were the victims of genocide.
  5. Joseph Smith’s wife threatened to take multiple husbands.
  6. Mormons agreed to leave the U.S.
  7. The U.S deployed troops to subdue the Mormons.
  8. Mormons massacred 120 innocent pioneers.
  9. Mormons owned brothels in Salt Lake City.
  10. Mormon banks financed mob-owned hotels and casinos in Las Vegas.

How many did you know?

There is only one fact that I didn’t know (#10) and two that I learned about just recently (#9 & #5). As a Mormon I only knew seven of the following. I’ve also added farther below the reported percent of the general public who didn’t know each fact.

Based on this, not a lot of people know very much about the Mormons. The one question (#2) that could be considered friendly or innocuous because it is taught by the missionaries was one of the questions at which the public fared the worst!

Scroll down for the answers and my guesses on how Mormons would fare on the poll…

 

  1. Joseph Smith was a treasure hunter. (78% didn’t know. I’m guessing about 60% of Mormons wouldn’t know.)
  2. The Book of Mormon says Indians were Jewish. (90% of the general public didn’t know. Only maybe 5% of  Mormons wouldn’t know this one. It’s a basic tenet of the faith)
  3. Masonic rituals inspired Mormon rituals.(75% of the general public didn’t know. I’m guessing the the same number of Mormons wouldn’t know, or wouldn’t admit it.)
  4. Mormons are the victims of genocide. (85% of the general public didn’t know. Only maybe 5% of Mormons wouldn’t know. They are very conscious of their victim-hood)
  5. Joseph Smith’s wife threatened to take multiple husbands (the program actually never gave this result. but I’m guessing 90% of the public or Mormons wouldn’t know this fact. I didn’t know this until a few months ago)
  6. Mormons agreed to leave the U.S (95% didn’t know. Probably 50% of Mormons wouldn’t know)
  7. The U.S deployed troops to subdue the Mormons. (82% of the general public didn’t know. Maybe 30% of the Mormons wouldn’t know and those would be the ones outside Utah)
  8. Mormons massacred 120 innocent pioneers. (81% of the general public didn’t know and I’m guessing the same number of Mormons wouldn’t know)
  9. Mormons owned brothels in Salt Lake City. (81% of the general public didn’t know. I’d bet 90% of the Mormons wouldn’t own up to knowing.)
  10. Mormon banks financed mob-owned hotels and casinos in Las Vegas (85% of the general public didn’t know and I’d bet the same number of Mormons wouldn’t know. This was the only one I didn’t know)

BONUS!

One more fact you probably didn’t know

Followers of the Mormon religion pride themselves on being kind, friendly and trustworthy. But did you know that wealthy recluse Howard Hughes believed that the Mormons were the only people he could trust? In fact, toward the end of his life, he took residence in Las Vegas and surrounded himself with an entourage of Mormons nicknamed the “Mormon Mafia“.

 

 

See also:

My List: 10 Things You Don’t Know About The Mormons

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