The majority of Mormons live outside the United States.The church puts notable emphasis on the family, and the distinctive concept of a united family which lives and progresses forever is at the core of Latter-day Saint doctrine.In general, the LDS Church distances itself from politics, although it encourages its members to be politically active. However, the church has endorsed or opposed specific political positions which it regards as moral issues: the Republican Party has consistently won a majority of the LDS vote in most national and state-level elections.
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The basic beliefs and traditions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) have a cultural impact that distinguishes church members, practices and activities.
Latter-day Saints believe that one of the most important aspects of life on Earth is the opportunity for individuals to learn and grow.
They further believe that whatever learning they obtain in this life is retained in the next life.
Church members are encouraged to marry and have children, and as a result, Latter-day Saint families tend to be larger than average.
All sexual activity outside of marriage is considered a serious sin.
The advent of personal computers prompted the church to create a specialized file format known as GEDCOM for storing and exchanging these records.
Since then, GEDCOM has become a de facto standard that almost all genealogy programs support.
The church sponsors a low-interest educational loan program known as the Perpetual Education Fund.