My favorite questions about being a Mormon usually involve the phrase, “What would happen if…” My husband gets these all the time at work. “What would happen if you secretly bought a lottery ticket and then won? Would your church take away all of the money?” (No). “What would happen if you were singing along to a song and it swore and you said the swear word? Can you swear too because it wasn’t your own thought?” (It doesn’t really work like that). I think there is this conception about the Mormon Church that members sign their names in blood to blindly follow all the rules. The truth is that we do commit to abide by God’s commandments, but it is a personal commitment made with God. There are no Mormon police. If I do things that I have committed not to, no one is spying on me waiting to report me. I can choose to do what I want. I choose to follow the commandments of God.
Some of the commandments that Mormons live by are no alcohol or coffee, tea, tobacco, illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse, premarital sex, R rated movies, gambling, foul or derogatory language, revealing clothing, pornography, recreation on the Sabbath, cheating, breaking civic laws, etc.
Mormons typically try to live a healthy and pure life while being good citizens of their communities. I have to admit, there are a lot of commandments. Each person struggles with his or her own thing. But, like I said, there are no Mormon police and anyone can choose to not abide by these commandments. I choose to abide by them because they bring me happiness. I don’t like how I feel when I subject myself any of those things mentioned above. It leaves me feeling empty inside. I want to be happy. God has given us commandments so that we can be happy and live free from addiction and free from filth. I choose to be close to God by following his commandments and when I am close to God I am happy.