Here we go again with another weird question about Mormonism.
Some people wonder if mormons watch TV.
I am not entirely sure but I think this has to do more with mormon missionaries than with mormon in general.
Mormons serve as missionaries in their own or in a foreign country. Their missionaries service last 24 months and in that period of time, they have to follow a set of special rules.
One of the rules that Mormon missionaries have to follow is not watching TV, they can have a television in the apartments and they can’t even watch the news, cartoons or any other show no matter how inoffensive these are.
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Mormons and the Sabbath Day
I can think of another thing mormons do that could have made people to think that mormon don’t watch TV.
This one has to do with keeping the sabbath day holy.
Keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that would bring you closer to God, that means that you are supposed to go to Church and do something that makes you think about the lord the rest of the day.
Some Mormons think that watching the Harry Potter Saga won’t draw you closer to the Lord on his day.
That reason has made somo Mormons say that they are not allowed to watch any movies or shows on Sunday.
Clearly, that prohibition is not supported by the Church but perception is everything.
You see a Mormon prohibiting their kids to watch on Sunday and you reach the conclusion that Mormon families don’t watch TV on Sunday.
Mormons and Television
Mormons try to be good Christians so they try to prevent their kids to watch shows or movies that show things that go against their principles.
I think most Christian parents do that.
The official church website says the following:
“If we do not make good choices, the media can devastate our families and pull our children away from the narrow gospel path. In the virtual reality and the perceived reality of large and small screens, family-destructive viewpoints and behavior are regularly portrayed as pleasurable, as stylish, as exciting, and as normal. Often media’s most devastating attacks on family are not direct or frontal or openly immoral. Intelligent evil is too cunning for that, knowing that most people still profess belief in family and in traditional values. Rather the attacks are subtle and amoral—issues of right and wrong don’t even come up. Immorality and sexual innuendo are everywhere, causing some to believe that because everyone is doing it, it must be all right. This pernicious evil is not out in the street somewhere; it is coming right into our homes, right into the heart of our families. …Movies and Television
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