6 Signs You Grew Up Mormon

As featured on KSL.com and DeseretNews.com

Not everyone is familiar with the strange but endearing ways of Latter-day Saints, but they definitely have some character traits that set them apart from most. Even if you didn’t grow up in Utah, most Mormon families are more than familiar with the following six cultural trends:

1. Innocent ‘bad’ words

If your home growing up was a place where “fart” was a bad word, you might be a Mormon. Although not every Mormon was taught not to say crude words, most experienced some type of innocent word being outlawed. The offending words (aside from regular swear words) could include but aren’t limited to the following: “fart, butt, shut up, stupid, crap, suck,” etc.

2. Strange foods

Despite what some might say, Mormons have a strange affinity for abnormal food combinations. If every family gathering you went to included a casserole dish of green (or some other type) of Jell-O with carrot shavings in it, you likely grew up in a Mormon family. In addition to gelatin desserts with random vegetables snuck in, you might have enjoyed funeral potatoes and “Better Than Whatever” cake.

3. Mormon acronyms

Most people are bamboozled by the seemingly endless collection of acronyms common in Mormon vernacular. But, if you grew up Mormon, you’re likely not going to have any trouble deciphering the following common acronyms also known as Mormon-ese:

  • FHE (family home evening)
  • MTC (missionary training center)
  • BYC (bishop’s youth committee)
  • D&C/BOM (Doctrine and Covenants/Book of Mormon)
  • DI (Deseret Industries)
  • YSA (young single adult)
  • WoW (Word of Wisdom)
  • RM (returned missionary)
  • EFY (especially for youth)
  • CTR (choose the right)
  • MoTab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

As with any tight-knit culture, abbreviations rule the day, and Mormon-raised people have little issue with translating each one of the above.


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4. Catchy tunes

Music is a huge part of the Mormon culture and worship, so it only makes sense that certain songs are well-known throughout the worldwide Mormon community. Non-Mormons might not get excited when they hear “Popcorn Popping,” or “Scripture Power,” but these songs and other Primary (Sunday School portion of Mormon worship for young children) classics will always get a rousing response from anyone that grew up singing the songs each Sunday at church.

5. Caffeine controversy

It’s commonly known that Mormons abstain from alcoholic beverages as well as coffee and tea, but fewer non-Mormons know that even caffeinated soda is up for debate. According to the Word of Wisdom (the Mormon law of health including dietary restrictions), “…as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good…” Some Mormons claim that this scripture along with other urgings from church leaders includes any caffeinated beverage within the list of off-limit substances. So if you were raised to say Sprite was OK but Dr Pepper wasn’t, then chances are you grew up Mormon.

6. Sunday movies

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17 thoughts on “6 Signs You Grew Up Mormon

  1. Utah mormons are a peculiar people, the rest of us don’t eat green jell-o.

  2. All but the carrot jello apply to me but them again I grew up in the m sdion field (still do).

  3. I grew up just outside New York City and never met a “Mormon” until I was 15, but Jell-O with carrots was a common dish at our family gatherings. I also remember, in the MTC, being taught not to say “with every fiber of my being,” since that was a phrase that non-“Mormons” might not understand; yet I’ve probably heard that thousands of times from people who aren’t members of the Church of Jesus Christ vs. maybe half a dozen times from those who are.

    Different world, I guess….

  4. Funny thing, the only thing I can personally relate to is #3. I grew up with the other things being a Utah joke, but never really expirienced any of them.

  5. I never knew it was hard to have people help you move. If you needed help to move you called your home teachers and had 10 people ready to go in just a few hours. When I had friends ask for help to move outside the church, they were almost apologetic about it and then surprised when I’d show up with a couple of people from church with me to help as well.

  6. Number 2 is definitely Utah centric. I’ve never had jello with carrots. It’s not a thing anywhere else. Also DI is very Utah centric.

  7. Im a Utah Mormon and don’t and will never eat jello with carrots. We have jello salad with cottage cheese, cool whip and fruit but that’s completely different!

  8. You know, I get up in a Mormon house, and I can say only one of those is true, the Mormon Abbreviation, though sadly WoW isn’t the Word of Wisdom in my house It’s World of Warcraft.

  9. I was taught not to say fart. I set a New Year’s resolution 4 years in a row to not say it and all, and was perfectly successful 1 of the 4 and felt really guilty the other 3 years. I still think it’s an extra funny word.
    The ‘S’ words were shut up and stupid.
    Gosh and darn were too close to the real things and might make you think the curse words – so those had to go too.

    With the inability to say anything to release pressure, it’s a wonder we turned out!

  10. All applies to me and I grew up in Peoria AZ! Lol! But more often than not it was the punch (7up or ginger ale with sherbert) that showed it’s face before the Jell-O every time!

  11. I grew up in a small town in AZ and yeah most of these apply. Except My mom did jello w/cottage cheese and a carrot and raisin salad. And we drank Dr P all the time! And wonderful world of Disney on Sunday!

  12. I grew up Mormon in Oregon & I can relate to everything but the carrot-Jell-o. We had Jell-o ALL the time but NEVER with carrots!

  13. Jell-o with cottage cheese yes, but never carrots or veggies, pineapple yes. We were not introduced to funeral potatoes until my daughter brought the recipe back after a trip to Arizona. Everything else to right on!

  14. I am a 6th generation Mormon and was born in San Diego ca. My father was an inactive Mormon who was born in Utah. My mother was born in grace idaho. I remember all 6 signs for growing up in Utah. I think that they refer to multigenerational mormons whereever they live.

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