When one looks at any religion other than their own, it usually looks weird. That is because during your formative years before adulthood, you are exposed almost without an exception only to the rituals of your own religion.
When I arrived in US at a young age (barely out of teens) I knew of only of one religion, being born in a Hindu family. Most people I met here were Christians and I thought they were weird.
But then as I matured, I learned to find positive qualities in individuals and Christians were no longer weird to me. I even married a Christian woman.
I have met a few Mormons during my 40 year career in US and I can’t think of any one I disliked personally. So I have to conclude their religion has not turned them into weirdo’s like strapping bombs and blowing up civilian bystanders as some other religions.
You have had the good fortune never to have met a Harry Reid Mormon, who although not planning any suicide bombing would still drive you crazy with his social ideas.
It’s a worldly organization with all the faults that worldly organizations are prone to. They mostly are nice, like Moose (as in BPOM, not Mohammed) and Masons are generally nice. Nobody should be surprised.
Mormonism looks a lot like someone took a pretty much vanilla evangelical creed, changed its doctrines around a bit for variety, then stuck a science fiction saga right in the middle complete with stars and planets that can be visited. Joseph Smith could have been a very good early science fiction writer had he so purposed his pen. This is what makes it weird.
mormonism is not Christianity.
Thanks for your reply. May we all reject nihilistic and destructive solutions like suicide-bombing.