They say that Islam is the religion of peace, yet so many people who profess to follow it have carried out some pretty horrific acts. Back in the 1800s Mormonism was referred to as the Islam of the West. There are a number of similarities between the groups. Also back in the 1800s was the Mountain Meadow Massacre, an event that involved Mormon men in the Utah territory slaughtering pioneers who were trekking from the Midwest to California. Those pioneers did indeed include women and children and the Mormons who partook in the slaughter dressed up as Native Americans and used trickery to slaughter their relatively defenseless prey.
From the time I was a little girl I had heard about Mormon armies. There were the armies that the Mormon church created to combat mob action against Mormon communities in Missouri as well as the military in the city of Navuoo, with Joseph Smith leading the group. Add to that the many times I heard that various people received a patriarchal blessing that detailed out how they would be members of a Mormon military that would fight the forces of evil as the shit hit the fan during the Apocalypse.
I am not shitting you: there are quite a number of Mormons who believe their church will need to raise a military to rival pretty much any other one out there so they can protect their way of life. Think about that one for a moment.
Can you imagine Mitt Romney with an AK-47, ready to defend Mormonism from an onslaught of liberal free-thinkers? This would explain why I knew so many Mormon boys and men who were obsessed with guns, military tactics, spy games, etc. Quite a few Mormons go into the CIA and FBI and I would argue this is one reason why. If you ever see a Mormon general authority (the top brass in the church) out and about, you'll notice they will be accompanied by a force of men who look like Secret Service agents.
I also grew up hearing about how this military force would be able to use the priesthood to pick up mountains and throw them onto their enemies, etc. Of course this means the military force is made up of men since women can't have the priesthood to use mountains as weapons of mass destruction.
All of this has me thinking I might have a good story idea here. I'm going to play with this one and see where it goes, but I think there is some potential for some interesting storytelling.