It is common to think that the LDS Church adherents are encouraged to have as many children as possible. Supposedly, it’s because they believe every person on Earth lived a previous “spirit life” before being born into their earthly body — a belief not too distant from traditional Christianity.
LDS thus believes it is the duty of a married couple to have as many children as possible in order to provide earthly bodies for the spirits that have not yet made it to Earth. It comes with the added benefit of growing the faith. In reality, however, Mormon couples have the liberty of choosing how many children they want to have.
A Good Old Fashioned Schism
As you might imagine, fundamentalist Christians and the LDS Church haven't had the best history together. Smith and his followers were persecuted heavily during the early years of the church, including being chased out of several towns in the midwest before settling in Utah.
Smith himself was also under constant life threats and even died when one of those threats turned into actions while awaiting trial. Since he was running for president of the United States at the time, he is also the first presidential candidate to suffer such a fate. It took moving to the untamed wilderness of Utah and Salt Lake City for the LDS Church to find safety.
When Baptists Attack
The animosity between these two sects of Christianity — though many on the traditional side of things wouldn't call the LDS Church Christians due to differences in doctrine — has continued to the current era. A big clash came in the nineties when the Southern Baptist Church held its annual convention in Salt Lake City, with the stated goal of converting some of the Mormons there.
Of course, the LDS Church wasn't happy about such a tactic. Three thousand baptist volunteers went on a door-to-door missionary effort with the evangelical message. While conversations remained cordial, events at the SBC took numerous jabs at the LDS Church.
Keeps the Starbucks Bill Down
Having your cup of morning joe is a big part of everyone's day, so removing coffee entirely seems impossible. However, Mormons are not permitted to consume any “hot drinks” other than herbal teas. They consider the drinks to be harmful, and along with alcohol, doctrine tells adherents to stay away.
Alcohol makes a big amount of sense due to the dangers of over-consumption and dependency, and there are a lot of reasons caffeine isn't very healthy, too. But all hot drinks? It's an interesting choice. However, the doctrine doesn't mention hot cocoa. Everybody likes hot cocoa.
Health Is an Important Part of Life
Mormonism as a whole believes that the human body is a sacred gift from God. Therefore, members of the faith take their health very seriously. They practice mindful eating and exercise regularly. In a study conducted at UCLA, it was found that Mormons die from cancer and cardiovascular diseases only half as often as non-Mormons.
Their average lifespan is also between eight and eleven years longer on average. Of course, there are thousands of possible reasons for this, but watching what you eat and getting good exercise is a pretty safe tactic for longer lives.