A lot of the traffic that I get comes from search engines, usually people searching about Mormonism, and sometimes I get some really strange search phrases.
Over the past while I’ve gotten a lot visits from the search phrase “Can Mormons swim in a public pool?”, or some variation on that.
So, let me answer your question… Yes.
Yes we do swim, and even in public, though some of us might not be very good, nor look too pretty, at least speaking for myself.
But we do swim, we love to swim (at least I do), but we don’t swim on Sundays, because we feel that Sunday is a holy day, a day of rest, a day for families, a day for emotional, spiritual, and physical recuperation.
That said, Missionaries don’t swim because they are required to work full time in teaching the gospel of Christ. They do get one day a week to prepare for the rest of the week by cleaning, doing laundry, and even recreation, but even then, swimming is not permitted for several reasons, not the least of which is modesty and the need to keep their minds single to their ministry.
We also believe in wearing modest attire, which often leads to pretty severe cases of “farmers tan”! Not exactly what you’re looking for when you don your suit in public (which might prevent some faint of heart from doing it :-)… but oh well, so I look ugly, I can deal with that.
So to you, whoever has been searching for the answer to this question, I hope this helps!
P.S. Because there are lots of misconceptions about Mormonism out there, I’m embarking on a whole series of “about Mormonism” posts, where I explain some of the basic beliefs of Mormons (just look under the “Mormon Beliefs” section in my navigation or click here to read the first post. We’ve had some great conversations there with people of all faiths, and I hope you’ll join us. I’m posting more all the time.