In , for example, the First Presidency counseled church members as follows :. We seriously regret that there should exist a sentiment or feeling among any members of the church to curtail the birth of their children. We have been commanded to multiply and replenish the earth that we may have joy and rejoicing in our posterity. Where husband and wife enjoy health and vigor and are free from impurities that would be entailed upon their posterity, it is contrary to the teachings of the church artificially to curtail or prevent the birth of children.
We believe that those who practice birth control will reap disappointment by and by.
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Smith in Contraception was very much in the news. Smith quote from a century ago:. I regret, I think it is a crying evil, that there should exist a sentiment or a feeling among any members of the church to curtail the birth of their children. I think that is a crime wherever it occurs, where husband and wife are in possession of health and vigor and are free from impurities that would be entailed upon their posterity.
I believe that where people undertake to curtail or prevent the birth of their children that they are going to reap disappointment by and by. I have no hesitancy in saying that I believe that is one of the greatest crimes of the world today, this evil practice.
You can see the evolution here. In the Handbook, contraception is considered to be a matter between the couple and the Lord, and church members are advised not to judge one another about it.
As if. Its effect shows up clearly in the data. From the second question we can see that Latter-day Saints are having fewer children than they used to.
Gen X Latter-day Saints who were ages 37 to 51 at the time of the survey and had therefore mostly completed their childbearing showed a significant drop in family size:. Overall, the median number of children that Latter-day Saints had themselves was 2.
Research on Utah fertility patterns from to the present confirms much of what we are seeing in the NMS. This past year that figure was 11 live births per 1, women. If I am correct, 40 percent of mainline church decline is due to other cultural forces like the ones she so clearly identifies. That is no small percent, and we should take it seriously.
What we can do is open ourselves to change. We either need to start new congregations that worship and minister in new ways, or we need to change our existing ways of worship and ministry. Perhaps a combination of new congregations and revitalized old ones is the answer.
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I wish she had said more about the decline in birth rate among mainline Protestant groups. Church Trends Frank Broome Membership.
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