Yes, there is a contradiction here - of course - but Mormons do seem to be quite a bit stranger. Many Christians believe that Old-Testament stories are figurative, but Mormons take the Book of Mormon as fact. They believe that Native Americans are Jews turned brown, women get secret names, couples continue to 'breed' in heaven to create spirit babies, the Book of Mormon was translated from "Egyptian" using special spectacles from heaven and magic "peep stones", etc. Maybe it is so strange because the strangeness of common Christians is just so familiar. Yet, Mormons still flabbergast me especially since so many seem to be very intelligent, nice, and successful people.