Generally, most Christians believe that children are a blessing from God, and one should bear as many as they can provide for and love. Christians consider family the root of many generations, starting from the first man on earth. If you bring children into a family, you’re continuing that generation. Mormons have large families because they believe millions of spirit children residing with God need to come to earth through birth by a Mormon woman and join a loving and caring family. Mormons value family more than anything else. They believe that before people are born, they’re in spirit form with God, and one gains a body by coming to earth and acquires the experience tools to earn your eternal life and salvation.

Mormons and Family

Mormons tend to have larger families than usual. Family is a fundamental and guarded unit in the Latter-day Saints Church. Mormons believe that even in their passing to meet their ancestors, they will exist as a family. Mormon parents have to provide earthily bodies for the spirits to reside in as planned by God. Such families will believe in prayers and ensure that they always pray together at least once a day. They also think you should have a family that you can comfortably provide for physically and spiritually.

The Mormon Church strongly encourages integrity, loyalty, purity, and fidelity, and the children should grow up holding onto these values. In the early era of the church, Mormons used to have many wives to help them sire more children. However, the practice ended in 1890 with the Manifesto declared by President Woodruff to abide by U.S. law . Still, some orthodox branches, not affiliated with mainstream Mormonism, choose to practice polygamy.

Mormons and Their Kids

The Doctrine of the Latter Day Saints states that Mormons have a spiritual responsibility to bring forth children into the earth. So, capable Mormons are encouraged to go ahead and have as many as they wish. Mormons believe that we are all eternal beings, and there’s a point in which we lived with God as His spirit children. So, to become like God and the Father, you must become mortal by being born and living with earthly parents. With them as your earth guides, they will show you love, spiritual living, morality, and, more importantly, give you a home.

God’s spiritual children are in the millions, and Mormons believe that all must be born by Mormon couples. This belief is the drive behind Mormons having many offspring. However, as Mormons give birth to many children, the church encourages them to have those that they can provide for comfortably.

A Mormon has to introduce their children to serving God once they are baptized at 8-years-old and guide them to morality. Mormons also need to let them experience and enjoy life as God’s mortal spirit children. As a Mormon, the size of a family may not be their decision because God may intervene and ask them to have many children. God has given the children to a Mormon so that He will provide for them.

Mormons and Birth Control

Mormons do use birth control. However, it’s a private discussion among couples and not a debate in the church. As much as they should bring God’s spirit children to the world, the church encourages them to have many children, but only a manageable number. The parents must feed and provide for all of them. Once you feel that you’ve reached the maximum number of children you can raise, you can consider birth control. Since the Mormons believe that the number of children to sire is a covenant between couples and God, they think God can ask a particular pair to give birth to many children.

In this situation, you will have to give birth and raise them all, given that it’s God’s Will. Similarly, they believe that God has a plan for all who live on earth, and having children born into loving families is central to His plan. Thus, He commanded Adam and Eve to go forth, be fruitful and multiply. With God as the provider, He will take care of His children. The issue with family planning is crucial among Mormon couples. The goal is to have a healthy, stable family and adequately provide for them. Taking care of your family is what the LDS encourages. According to the LDS, lovemaking isn’t all about procreation, but it’s also a means of showing love to one another and strengthening the couple’s spiritual and emotional connection.

Although they can practice family planning, one action that the church strongly forbids is abortion. Even though Mormons tend to have slightly bigger families, it doesn’t imply that they must have kids. This idea is misleading since every believer has the right to have a family they can afford to provide for and maintain. Many people judge Mormon families with numerous kids, but they are following God’s commands to them. Most Christians believe that children are a blessing, and you should have as many as you can. Mormons also consider this idea but take it one step further. Mormons believe that before we are born, we are in spirit form with God, and we gain a body by coming to earth and acquiring the necessary experience to earn your eternal life and salvation.

Mormons believe that millions of spirit children reside with God who needs to come to earth. Through birth, these spirit children come to the world by a Mormon woman and join a loving and caring family. Like any other religion, family is an essential part of life. They also believe that a Mormon has to provide earthly bodies for these spirit children to live on earth as planned by God. Once the spirit children receive their earthly bodies, it’s the parent’s responsibility to care for them and teach them how to live a spiritually fulfilling life. Although Mormons condone having large families, they also ensure that Mormon couples only have as many children as they can bear. The purpose of having a large Mormon family is to spread the gospel as far as it can go.

more from beliefnet and our partners