Family life is central to the culture and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church, or LDS). Polygamy is not a part of Mormon family life and has not been for more than a century. Although God has ordained the practice of polygamy and allowed it at various times since the beginning of human history (as with Abraham and Jacob), unless He commands otherwise, a man is to have but one wife. Mormons believe that the role of a husband is to preside, protect, and provide. Mormons believe that it is God’s will that the wife be an equal partner in every way to her husband, and that this co-equal relationship can lead to security and true happiness. Mormons believe that it is God’s will that we procreate and that the opportunity to bring children into the world is one of our greatest gifts, and that which helps us to develop the god-like attribute of unselfish love. Mormons believe that families can be together throughout all eternity, and have a view of death as a portal to a great reunion with beloved family members who have passed on.
The Church’s stand on traditional family life was once the normal standard of the western world. Today it is less common (and under attack), and the Church is working hard to preserve the family structure God Himself created. The Proclamation on the Family stands as the Church’s bold statement of how God wants us to live as a family.
On this site, you can learn more about the family lives of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.