This thesis reviewed selected educational literature in almost 350 texts published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) from General Authorities and manuals which included content curriculum in adult family life education; for the adult women's organization (Relief Society); for the men's Melchizedek Priesthood; and for parents instructing their children at home (Family Home Evening).

Topics were ranked by century, according to frequencies of occurrence (FO) in the five major publications. Topics were also summarized by each decade. Tables were provided which summarized the top 40 of 78 topics identified. Recurring Themes suggest family is the basis of society and central to the counsel received by members of the LDS Church, and that the content of the counsel has not changed across the century. For example, the role that faith and religion plays in strengthening families, the importance of parents teaching their children, love of spouse and family, the reality of forgiveness as a tool to healing relationships, the teaching of moral values, including chastity (premarital abstinence) and fidelity in marriage, are constant and basis ingredients of LDS family life education.



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Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life



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Mormon families, Family life education, education, History