There are a number of tales of Mormons surviving car wrecks, fires, and natural disasters thanks to their faith-specific undergarment, but adherents are split about their physical properties. Some believe that the garments provide spiritual protection, as well as encouragement to keep their covenants.
Joseph Smith said that, next to their own virtue and purity of life, the garments were the most sacred of all things in this world. For this reason, many members of the church are unhappy with discussions about the garments in casual manners.
Their Favorite Play
Those who have seen “The Book of Mormon” and aren't part of the faith might think that followers aren't fans. However, it turns out the Church of Latter-Day Saints is a big fan.
Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the “South Park” guys), the play is all about Smith's religion, done in the Parker/Stone signature make-fun-of-everything style.
There Is Something Out There
There are lots of people that believe there are aliens somewhere out in space, whether it's because you saw some strange lights at night or you're going off of the Fermi paradox. Mormons also believe in the extraterrestrial but in a somewhat different way.
The Church of Latter-Day Saints believes that God created several planets that are inhabited by other beings (Earth is only one such planet). It is His grand plan that all the creatures of these planets learn about his plan for salvation through their own prophets. Each planet has its own Joseph Smith, and each planet has its own version of Mormon Christianity.
Do You Know the Handshake?
Similar to many other faiths, Mormons have a rite of passage that inducts them into a new stage of the faith. It's called a “holy endowment ceremony,” and it takes place in the Temple.
In many other faiths, there are sayings said and motions made, but for the Church of Latter-Day Saints, there's more to it. They have their own handshakes and hidden phrases, both of which allow them to get into heaven. The handshakes are done through white curtains. They are done with the belief that they must be given in order to pass through “the veil” of heaven.
Not for Public Discussion
Referring to it as a "secret handshake" is considered disrespectful. That being said, the details of the handshakes and the meanings behind them are a closely guarded secret. Not only because they are, in essence, a reward for faithfulness, but because they are the culmination of learning and study that a Mormon undergoes. To prove faithfulness and knowledge.
They actually aren't called handshakes – they're known as signs, seals, or tokens. Mormons do shake hands a lot, it seems. A convert once remarked that Mormons are the most "handshaky" group he'd ever met in his life. A good Mormon handshake can mean a large number of things, from “Hello” to “I understand.”