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What are the best parts of the lifestyle of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

By Comeuntochrist.org

Are you a fan of pop culture? Then you’ve undoubtedly heard some jokes and funny references to our Church and our unique lifestyle (there’s even a popular Broadway musical about our faith, called The Book of Mormon). From not drinking coffee to attending two hours of church every Sunday, the lifestyle of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can seem pretty different from the outside looking in.

However, most members of the Church love living the way they do. Some aspects of the lifestyle are easier for some than for others, but Church members believe that it makes them happier now and it will bring great blessings later.

To help you understand why members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live the way they do, we collected three examples of what we prioritize in life, and more importantly, why.

The Word of Wisdom

Among the most obvious aspects of the lifestyle that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live is its stringent health code. Church members don’t drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, and they abstain from tobacco use of any kind. This health code in our culture has a scriptural basis and is commonly called the Word of Wisdom.

“That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good. . . . Tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man. . . . [H]ot drinks are not for the body or belly” (Doctrine and Covenants 89:5, 8–9).

In addition, the Word of Wisdom encourages moderation in diet along with encouraging eating fruits, vegetables, and grains. Church members follow the Word of Wisdom as a commandment from God that promises blessings of both health and knowledge.
 

Family Life

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints place great value on their families, spending time with them and strengthening those relationships. This article explains the importance of family, and the following quote sums it up very well:

“The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation To The World”). This proclamation was made by Church leaders and it addresses the importance of families and the responsibilities of family members.

Latter-day Saints believe the commandment God gave to Adam and Eve is still in effect: “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Some families have many children, but not all do, as it is a very personal choice.

A unique tradition in Church culture is Family Home Evening. As part of the lifestyle that members of the Church live, families set aside Monday evenings to spend time having fun, learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and strengthening their relationships.

Church Community

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often refer to fellow Church members as their family as well. (In fact, Church members often call one another “Brother” or “Sister” in church settings.) The Church community is organized into geographic congregations called wards or branches. A “ward family” works together to teach each other the gospel of Jesus Christ, share local church administration and leadership roles, and serve the people around them (whether or not they are members of the Church community).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a global organization. There are congregations all over the world — and they all operate the same way. Every congregation has the same leadership model and organizations for women, men, youth, and children. In fact, on any given Sunday you could find the very same things being discussed in different languages, in different cities or towns.

This familiarity is a favorite aspect of the Church for many members. No matter where they travel, visit, or move, the local congregation is a welcoming and familiar place. Latter-day Saints hope to live up to what every meetinghouse sign proclaims: “Visitors Welcome.”

While its differences may set it apart from much of the world, the lifestyle of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one that aims to bring happiness. And millions of Church members are happy to agree.