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Ethics and Community

Community Organization

Mormonism has evolved from a tradition that focused on planned communities and communal living to a dispersed group that emphasizes participation in the communities in which Church members live.


Mormonism is governed by a relatively small group of full-time Church employees and a large corps of lay volunteers who serve as the spiritual leaders of Mormon congregations.

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

Mormon morality flows largely from the twin sources of scripture and reverence for the human body, which they believe will be resurrected and carried throughout eternity.

Vision for Society

Early Mormon attempts to form a society in accordance with Church teachings and governed by Church leaders have given way to active involvement in established political systems, especially on moral issues.

Gender and Sexuality

In recent years, Mormonism has struggled to define its policies toward gender roles, sexual morality, birth control, and homosexuality.