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SARA - Has the church made an official statement reguarding the use of birth control, more specifically the use of an IUD?
JOEL - I think the best source of council on this subject is from the official Church General Handbook of Instruction:
It is the privilege of married couples who are able to bear children to provide mortal bodies for the spirit children of God, whom they are then responsible to nurture and rear. The decision as to how many children to have and when to have them is extremely intimate and private and should be left between the couple and the Lord. Church members should not judge one another in this matter."
Because the Church leaves the decision to the parents on when and how many children to have it makes no specific statement or recommendations on how this should be done, just so long as the method is implemented before conception and not after. It is all between you and your husband and the Lord.
The handbook goes on to say:
"Married couples also should understand that sexual relations within marriage are divinely approved not only for the purpose of procreation, but also as a means of expressing love and strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife."
Therefore, if a couple feels they are not ready for children yet, abstaining from sexual relations is not the prefered way to prevent conception.