Title

The Real Book of Mormon Musical: Latter-day Saint Family Home Evening as a Weekly Ritual

Keywords

Latter-day Saint, marriage, Mormon, qualitative research, religion, religiosity, ritual

Abstract

Scholars of religious ritual have noted that inadequate attention has been paid to religious ritual in the social sciences. Based on what has been done, it is apparent that sacred family rituals (when done well and with relational sensitivity) can enhance structure, meaning, and family unity. The present study examines the family-level ritual practice of weekly Family Home Evening among members of 26 Latter-day Saint (LDS) families (N= 58 individuals). Qualitative analyses found the following three themes: (a) Family Home Evening as a Conversation; (b) Challenges of Family Home Evening; and (c) The Value of Family Home Evening. Primary data that support and illustrate the three themes are presented, along with implications and applications.

Original Publication Citation

Loren D. Marks, David C. Dollahite, Trevan G. Hatch, Michael A. Goodman, Tommy M. Phillips & Heather H. Kelley (2020) The Real Book of Mormon Musical: Latter-day Saint Family Home Evening as a Weekly Ritual, Marriage & Family Review, 56:5, 425-448, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2020.1726852

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-02-17

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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