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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 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.

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 confident that you could find a Latter-day Saint doctor somewhere who disagrees with something on this site.

If you are here for the first time, I recommend starting with this post: Four Years of Latter-day Doctor. Thank you for visiting us. We hope you will come again.

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This blog was started in March 2014 by Alan B. Sanderson, MD, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a practicing neurologist. This site was originally known as MormonDoctor.com, but was renamed in August 2018.