One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Mormon who is not strictly observant.‘the only thing that's going to end up happening is me doing homework on Sundays and drinking Pepsi and being just another Jack Mormon’
- ‘I have known some Mormons, though they were what are called Jack Mormons, which is to say they had backslid from their faith's rigorous practices, especially concerning the consumption of tobacco and alcohol.’
- ‘Some Jack Mormons may even still believe many or all of the Church's teachings, but for various reasons choose not to attend services or participate in church activities.’
- ‘So, they will say they're Mormon, party like rock stars, but adamantly tell you that they are not Jack Mormons.’
- ‘People who are Mormons but don't follow all the church teachings are called Jack Mormons, hence the funny name for a local brand of coffee.’
- ‘I grew up with a devoutly Mormon mother and a Jack Mormon father - and by ‘Jack Mormon,’ the way I would describe it would be the swearing, drinking kind of Mormon.… He did not want my mother to go to church.’
2A sympathetic non-Mormon living among Mormons.
- ‘Though not yet a member of the Church, he was in Commerce to greet the struggling refugees from the horrors of the Missouri Persecutions...This was the original meaning of the epithet, "Jack Mormon," a non-member who supported and helped the Saints, and Daniel fit the description well.’
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