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The Church of Latter Day Saints
Transcript of The Church of Latter Day Saints
Dietary & Lifestyle
1. Who is allowed to see the patient's body?
"Well, it’s my decision who is allowed to see my body even in the doctor’s office or the hospital. It’s good to be modest and I strive for that always but there are times and places where it is a necessity for a doctor or healthcare professional to examine me."
2. For a wife, does the husband have to be in the room?
3. For the husband, can the wife be in the room?
"Yes if that’s what they (husband and wife) want."
4. For children, do the parents need to be in the room?
"Yes, especially for young children. It is always wise to have a parent to help answer questions or to hear what the doctor or healthcare worker have to say."
5. Does the gender of the nurse matter?
6. Is there a member of the family who has the final say in healthcare or other matters?
"When children are younger and even in teenage years it’s good to have a parent or parents in consultation concerning the child. I have the final say in healthcare and other matters for myself. But mostly we discuss and decide together and pray about the decision."
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Definition & History
Protestant group who uses the old/new testament of the bible & the Book of Mormon
Led by a single prophet
Council of bishops re-elect a prophet when the prophet passes away.
Founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 in Fayette, NY.
Started in Utah and was spread by Brigham Young’s leadership.
6 million followers.
Strong focus on family life with 5 or more children.
Some practice polygamy to produce more children.
Contraception is accepted and depends on the individual.
They oppose abortion.
Respect for authority.
Women’s voices are absent at the highest level of Beauracracy.
Women still pray, preach, organize and teach.
Both genders are equal and both created in the image of God.
Health Risk Factors & Diet
Fast first Sunday of every month
For two consecutive meals
Drink tea or coffee
Use illicit drugs
Beliefs & Practices
Do not accept pornography
Believe in burying the dead
Believe there is an afterlife
Every Sunday people will meet for church and testimony
They focus on spiritual matters and prayerful reflection
Oppose gay rights, and equal rights amendment
Health & Healing Practices
Early Beliefs: Medical intervention would be more harmful than helpful
Tx: Herbs, and mild food would be more affective
Now: Modern medical care
Sometimes will use priesthood along with medical care to be most affective
Easter & Christmas are the most important holidays
Pioneer’s arrival in Utah
"The body is a temple"(More Good Foundation, 2013)
This includes both men and women
What does clothing mean?
Some Mormons have undergone special ceremonies that require them to wear sacred undergarments in replacement of regular underwear
Worn under regular clothing
Promise to God to be loyal
They are removed only for personal hygiene, laundering, or during medical care
"In the world, but not of it"
(More Good Foundation, 2013)
God clothed Adam and Eve
Garment given to family
Covered during care/family
(Bryce Bohlen, Jeff Edwards, 2010).
In a Medical Emergency
The undergarment may be removed or cut off
It needs to be returned to the family for proper disposal
Should be treated as a spiritual symbol with high respect for the personal object
Clothing Not Allowed
Shorts that are above the knee
Anything off the shoulder
Men should not have any piercings
Women are only allowed to have two ear piercing per ear
Piercings are not allowed anywhere else on the body
Tattoos are not allowed
Men need to be clean shaven
Words of Wisdom
Members of the LDS church follow these rules as a part of their religious practice
From God through a Mormon prophet named Joseph Smith
“The Word of Wisdom put restrictions on members of the Church... no one is to be baptized into the Church without first agreeing to live by them. (Packer, 2006).
Avoid ingesting substances that are addictive
Seen as an act of disobedience against God
Physically and spiritually impairing
“Young people, learn to use moderation and common sense in matters of health and nutrition, and particularly in medication" (Packer, 2006)
Restrictions on caffeinated beverages
Medications containing caffeine
Tobacco and alcohol are also restricted
Encouraged to eat meat sparingly
Encouraged to not sleep longer than needed (D&C 88:124)
Encouraged to eat vegetables, fruits, and grains
“Vegetables and fruits, which should be used with prudence and thanksgiving” (see D&C 89:10-11).
Medications that are addictive in nature, such as narcotics, may make these patients nervous
There is a common fear amongst many people of becoming addicted to these strong pain medications
Good education should be given
Ease any fears of becoming addicted
Before 1989, the LDS church did not condone the use of birth control
In 1989, a statement was released by the LDS church that allowed for the use of contraception for husbands and wives:
“Husbands must be considerate of their wives, who have a great responsibility not only for bearing children but also for caring for them through childhood” (Campbell, 1991).
The LDS Church further stated that a married couple should seek guidance from god before using birth control.
Permanent forms of sterilization such as vasectomy and hysterectomy are shunned
Except in cases of threat to life/ quality of life.
The LDS places a strong value on reproduction and children
Generally allow for the use of reproductive technology if a genetic link from both parents is preserved
LDS does not condone artificial insemination/ reproductive technology if that genetic link is lost and gametes from a third party are introduced.
Elective abortion is not condoned.
LDS recognizes that there are cases in which abortion may be deemed necessary
Jeopardy of life and health or
When there are known defects that will not allow the baby to survive after birth
There is no official stance on genetic testing
Sex screening is discouraged
The LDS does not have an official stance on abortion of a fetus with serious defects found due to testing.
No official stance on gene therapy