In a big move away from traditional Christian doctrine, the LDS Church believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers. This stems from the Mormon belief that God is not only a heavenly father but the actual, real Father of all souls.
Obviously, this would include Jesus and Satan — and probably all of the angels, as well. However, Jesus is known as the “elder son,” and Satan is the “second son.” That has got to be some awkward Thanksgiving dinners. Do they gather for Easter? In an interesting way, this also means that both Jesus and Satan are related to humans, according to the LDS Church.
Mission (Is not) Impossible
If you live in a city or overseas from America, you've probably seen a pair of guys in black pants, white shirts, and ties, fresh-faced and ready to chat. These are missionaries, and they're a huge part of Mormon life.
Maybe you've been approached by a pair of these friendly guys and gotten into a discussion with them about faith and the LDS Church (or maybe you've brushed them off). Able Mormons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five are expected to take trips — usually eighteen to twenty-four-month-long — to spread the word to others.
Bonus Advantages of Missionaries
Missionaries often describe their missions as the best years of their lives. Traveling to new and interesting places, meeting new people, getting into deep conversations with people about faith, and potentially converting people into the church. It's no wonder they find it memorable and important.
Since missionaries often travel to other countries, many are fluent in a number of languages aside from English. It's not just proselytizing, either — missions are often for humanitarian aid. Neither gender is required to serve on missions, but men are expected to serve on at least one mission, and women may also go on missions if they so choose.
The average age of marriage for most Americans is twenty-seven. The members of the LDS Church, however, have a much younger age: twenty-three. One of the central tenants of Mormonism as a whole is finding a spouse and creating a family — it's essential to God's plan. Therefore, it shouldn't be delayed by things such as a career or education if possible, despite those things also being important in God's plan.
There are a number of messages in the “Book of Mormon” that talk about marriage, such as the idea that no leader of the church should “counsel a person whom to marry.”
What About Divorce?
The LDS Church believes that spouses are eternal and that the marriage covenant is a solemn oath with the spouse and with God. Every effort should be taken to work through problems and love the spouse until the end of life. Divorces, both in legal and spiritual terms, are still possible, but the LDS Church believes problems should be tackled with full hearts in order to maintain relationships and love.
Honestly, not a bad way to look at things. The practice bears fruit: Full Mormon couples have a divorce rate of about twenty-five percent, far lower than the national average.