Birth Control

June 19, 2008

Q. I am a non-member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but looking into it. I was wondering: I’m on birth control for regulation of the menstrual cycle. What is the belief Mormons have on this?

The official church stance on birth control is that this is a decision to be made solely between husband, wife and the Lord. We believe that children are a wonderful blessing and that the commandment God gave to Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth is still in force today. Husband and wife are encouraged to ponder the blessing that children bring and take the decision to God in prayer.

adamuevaMembers are reminded that finances, schooling and other worldly concerns are not God’s concerns. Sometimes faith is required when the world would say, “That doesn’t seem wise, considering your circumstances.” I have known couples who have waited to begin their families until their positions become more secure and I have known couples who have started their families despite many secular obstacles. It is not the position of any outsider to make a judgment on such a private, individual matter. What is right for one couple may not be right for another.

Sexual intimacy brings new life into the world, but that is not its sole purpose. God intends sexual relations also to be an expression of love between husband and wife, an important part of a loving, faithful, flourishing marriage.

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7 Responses to “Birth Control”

  1. Anonymous

    why did you take down the post on “why illness?”

  2. Thaddeus

    It will come up again shortly. It was withdrawn for a little editing. Thanks for your interest, Anony!

  3. N

    We do have to consider finances, especially in this economy. You must be able to provide for you children properly. In this economy jobs are hard to come by and the costs of livng are rising. Hours, wages and benefits are being cut. The fact is each couple can only afford so many kids. Every couple has a different income and financial situation.

  4. Elena

    This might just be a ignorance of basic LDS doctrine on my part, but you said “the commandment God gave to Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth”. Replenish meaning ‘to fill again something previously emptied’? Do Mormons believe that Earth was populated prior to Adam and Eve?

  5. Thaddeus

    The joke is that Adam and Eve “plenished” the earth, then Noah and his wife “replenished” it.
    The word “replenish” is used in God’s command to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28 (KJV). The original Hebrew just means “fill.” There’s no secret doctrine here that I’m aware of, just an ambiguous translation issue.

  6. me

    I am curious how a church (any church) can say that schooling and other worldly concerns are not God’s concerns. Of course they are. The bible instructs a “man” to care for his family in all ways including finacial so how can he do that if he has children he can’t afford. I am glad this church does not tell people what they can and cannot do for birth control but they should at least quote the scripture 1 Timothy 5:8 “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”

  7. Megan

    I can concede that perhaps that was not the best wording on my part. Of course God loves all His children and our concerns are of import to Him. What I was trying to say is that God can and will provide for those who act in faith in accordance with His will despite not personally knowing how it will all work out. I have seen many couples blessed to somehow be able to provide for their growing family while working a student job and attending classes. I have seen faith rewarded and grow in the lives of those who are not afraid to ask for miracles.