Welcome to Latter-day Doctor! This is a forum to discuss topics related to health and religion from the perspective of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What does religion have to do with health care? The intersection health and religion has been a major point of discussion and conflict in our society and politics, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. This goes back millennia, long before there existed any profession of health care providers. At the time this blog started in 2014 there were two major court cases in the news involving religious liberty and government health care regulations (Hobby Lobby and The Little Sisters of the Poor).
What unique perspective can Later-day Saints offer on this topic? We have been interested in this subject for nearly the entire history of the Church (see the Word of Wisdom for an early example), and we have a lot to say about it.
What is the purpose of this blog? The broader culture today professes to believe in tolerance, and this belief resonates with Latter-day Saints. We believe in tolerating other people’s beliefs and practices, just as we claim the privilege of being tolerated by others (see our 11th article of faith and a post on this topic). But it is hard to tolerate what you don’t understand, so we hope that this website will promote understanding. Tolerance is a two-way street, and this is your invitation to drive down and visit our house.
Also, at the time this blog was started a web search for “Mormon Doctor” turned up a dozen or so news stories about some doctor in Utah who had killed his wife. This website was an attempt to fill in part of that negative space with something more positive.
We do not claim to speak for all of the thousands of doctors out there who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. There are diverse viewpoints among healthcare providers, and I’m sure you could find a Latter-day Saint doctor somewhere who disagrees with something on this site. We have made an attempt to steer clear of the more controversial topics, where opinions may vary and emotions may run high, and instead focus on the basic beliefs that most everyone can agree with.
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