Culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Culture Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints

Culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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A culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reflecting the cultural impact of basic beliefs and traditions of the church, distinguishes church members, practices, and activities. The culture is geographically concentrated in the Mormon Corridor (or "Jell-O Belt") in the United States, but is, to a lesser extent, present in many places of the world where Latter-day Saints live. Latter-Day Saint culture is distinct from Church doctrine.

Practices common to Latter-day Saints include following the Word of Wisdom, paying tithing, living the law of chastity, participation in lay leadership of the church, refraining from work on Sundays when possible, family home evenings, and home and visiting teaching. Tattoos and body piercings (except for one pair of earrings for women) are strongly discouraged.

Church members are encouraged to marry and have children, and as a result, Latter-day Saint families tend to be larger than average. All sexual activity, both heterosexual and homosexual, outside of marriage is considered a serious sin. Same-sex marriages are not performed or supported by the LDS Church. Latter-day Saint fathers who hold the priesthood typically name and bless their children shortly after birth to formally give the child a name and generate a church record for them.

The church emphasizes the moral standards that Mormons believe were taught by Jesus Christ, including personal honesty, integrity, obedience to law, chastity outside of marriage and...
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