17 Activities That Are Off-Limits for Mormons

SharePinEmailMormonism, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a form of Christianity that requires followers to adhere to strict guidelines. As a result, Mormons often face restrictions or prohibitions in their daily lives. Here are 18 activities that followers of the Mormon Church are not permitted to be involved in….

Mormonism, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a form of Christianity that requires followers to adhere to strict guidelines. As a result, Mormons often face restrictions or prohibitions in their daily lives. Here are 18 activities that followers of the Mormon Church are not permitted to be involved in.

Drinking Tea or Coffee

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The Mormon Law of Health, or the Word of Wisdom, forbids a Mormon to drink tea or coffee. This is due to the caffeine present in tea and coffee and the negative effects that it can have on our bodies. Mormons believe that good health means that we can be better connected to God, thus prohibiting tea and coffee.

Drinking Alcohol

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Drinking alcohol is another forbidden activity under the Mormon Law of Health, or Word of Wisdom. The reason for this prohibition is the damaging effects alcohol can have on the mind when intoxicated, as well as the additional health implications. During the sacrament of Holy Communion, Mormons will use water instead of wine.

Chewing or Smoking Tobacco

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The Word of Wisdom also forbids followers of the Mormon Church from chewing or smoking tobacco. The original guidelines surrounding this issue were the result of Joseph Smith, the religion’s founder, chewing tobacco and spitting it out on the floor. His wife was disgusted by this habit. Smith asked God whether using tobacco was appropriate for Mormons and God told him that it was forbidden. If you smoke but want to join the Mormon Church, you must first give up the habit before you can be baptized, as a period of abstinence from tobacco is required.

Using Drugs

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If alcohol and tobacco are banned, then it is unsurprising that drugs are also forbidden. This includes illegal and recreational drugs, and drugs that are available by prescription that haven’t been prescribed. The prohibition against drugs also includes marijuana, even when used for medicinal purposes.

Practicing Polygamy

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Mormons banned polygamy in 1890, and while there are still some splinter groups who practice it, any group affiliated with the Mormon Church found doing so would be excommunicated.

Watching Adult Content

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While Mormons do not consider sex to be a negative act, p*** is banned for followers of the Mormon Church for several reasons. It is thought that pornography encourages extramarital sex, misrepresents the purpose of sex, and uses sex for financial gain.

R-Rated Movies

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As thoughts are just as important to Mormons as actions, followers are not allowed to watch R-rated movies and similar content. This is due to the immoral content of such media as well as the negative influences they portray. Mormons can only watch media that promotes clean thoughts and actions.

Homosexual Activity

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Whilst identifying as LGBT is not strictly forbidden by the Mormon Church, homosexual activity is against the rules. Homosexual Mormons are permitted to be followers but they must remain celibate.

Inappropriate Music

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As well as consuming wholesome visual media, Mormons must only listen to appropriate, “clean” music. Music with lyrics that are sexual, violent, or immoral in any way is forbidden.

Immoral Reading

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In addition to forbidden movies and music, Mormons are also banned from reading immoral or inappropriate books. Such books, they believe, are just as likely to promote immoral thoughts.

Revealing Clothes

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Mormon followers are taught to dress modestly so clothes that are too tight or revealing are not allowed. The reason for this rule is that Mormons are taught that God gave us our bodies as a gift. Our bodies should not be used to solicit sexual attraction nor be judged merely by superficial appearance.

Swearing

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Mormons are discouraged from using vulgar language such as swearing, as well as profanities and contempt for sacred things. Once again, clean thoughts and clean actions are encouraged for all Mormon followers, which means that vulgar language is forbidden.

Gambling

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All forms of gambling are prohibited by the Mormon Church. This includes lotteries. The reason for this prohibition is that it is godless to long for greed and to be deceived into thinking that little work can reap large rewards. Many people who gamble soon lose money, honor, and the respect of their families.

Sunday Working

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Mormons are not allowed to work on Sundays, regardless of the job that they do. Mormons consider Sunday the Sabbath day so working on the Sabbath to increase wealth is immoral and “unclean”. Mormons believe that they will forfeit their blessings when they do not meet all these commandments and so they stay home on Sundays.

E-Cigarettes

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Despite being a relatively new invention, e-cigarettes, or vaping, are forbidden by the Mormon Church. This is because vaping liquid contains nicotine and other chemicals which are not healthy for the body. Mormons are taught to be healthy, keeping a healthy body and a healthy mind. Vaping contravenes this and goes against the Word of Wisdom.

Tattoos and Piercing

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Mormons believe that their bodies are temples, that they are gifts from God and should be respected as a result. Tattooing and piercing your body is seen as disrespectful. 

“Your body is your temple, created to house your eternal spirit. Your care of that temple is important.” Church President Russell M. Nelson

Cohabitation

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Living together when not married is forbidden by the Mormon Church. If a couple chooses to live together, they must commit to chastity, even if doing so is difficult given the inherent temptation that exists.

“Living together without marriage destroys something inside all who participate.” Elder Boyd K. Packer
“Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.” Proclamation on the Family

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