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What Are the Best Parts of the Mormon Lifestyle?


Are you a fan of pop culture? Then you’ve undoubtedly heard some jokes and funny references to Mormons and their unique lifestyle (there’s even a popular Broadway musical). From not drinking coffee to attending three hours of church every Sunday, the Mormon lifestyle seems pretty different from the outside looking in.

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

To help you understand why Mormons live the way they do, we collected three examples of what Mormons prioritize in life, and more importantly, why.

The Word of Wisdom

Among the most obvious aspects of Mormon lifestyle is its stringent health code. Mormons don’t drink coffee, tea, or alcohol, and they abstain from tobacco use of any kind. This health code in Mormon 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 to these words, the Word of Wisdom encourages moderation in diet along with eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Mormons follow the Word of Wisdom as a commandment from God which promises blessings of good health.

Family Life

Mormons 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 Mormon prophets and it addresses the importance of families and the responsibilities of family members.

Mormons 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 Mormon families have many children, but not all do, as it is a very personal choice.

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

Church Community

Mormons often refer to fellow church members as their family as well. (In fact, Mormons typically call one another “Brother” or “Sister” in church settings.) The Mormon 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 Mormon church).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the official name of the Mormon church) 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 Mormon lifestyle for many members. No matter where they travel, visit, or move, the local Mormon congregation is a welcoming and familiar place. Mormons 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 Mormon lifestyle is one that aims to bring happiness. And millions of LDS members are happy to agree.