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.
Provide Bodies for Spirits
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.
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.
The “Twilight” Series Takes from Mormonism
“Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer is herself a Mormon and used the idea of the “celestial marriage” to inform the book. “Celestial marriage” is the idea that once a man and woman are bound in Earthly marriage, they're bound together forever in the afterlife as well.
The characters in the “Twilight” series act with Mormon morals (vampire issues aside). The connection comes when Bella and Edward are married, and Bella starts to die, forcing Edward to turn her into a vampire. Now, the couple is together forever — though in a different way that the LDS Church talks about, of course.
More “Twilight” Mormonism
Well, almost. There are a thousand tiny things you could look at in the extended “Twilight” series that point at Mormonism. One of them is the element in the series called imprinting — something that the werewolves in the series undergo.
Imprinting is when they see the perfect person for them — they are immediately enthralled with that person. It's impossible for them to ignore their feelings. Many believe that this idea of soulmates comes from Mormonism. However, the idea of soulmates isn't part of the doctrine.