LDS Culture

This week in Transcultural Nursing we studied the LDS culture. Because UVU is in Utah, the LDS culture is one that is seen frequently in the clinical setting. I was raised and am still part of the LDS culture, but it was still nice to study the subject and share my thoughts with my classmates.

During the week, I did some research on the Word of Wisdom (the LDS set of dietary restrictions). The LDS culture has restrictions on coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. It is also advised that people follow portion size, don’t waste food, and don’t overindulge. The LDS culture also participates in fasting every month to show self-control and humility. The money saved on food while fasting is donated to the less fortunate. The Word of Wisdom is discussed in the LDS book of scripture calledĀ The Doctrine and CovenantsĀ in Section 89. One of people in my group mentioned all the things that the money saved while fasting can be used for: natural disaster relief, clean water, wheelchairs, and immunizations.

One of the people in my group also mentioned the LDS culture’s view on family. The LDS church leaders have been seen a lot in the media lately defending their stand point on the family. The culture believes that marriage is between a man and woman lawfully wedded as husband and wife. The LDS culture also believes that males and females have separate and defined roles in the family unit. Men should provide and protect the family. Women are responsible for the caring for and nurturing children. All of this information can be found in the document The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

Cultural Diversity

This week I learned how broad of a term cultural diversity really is. I did some research on cultural diversity in palliative care. One of the articles I read said that one of the best ways to provides culturally competent care is to identify your own prejudices, gain knowledge about cultures, and apply the skills and information you have learned. It’s also very important to ask the patient what is important to them and how they would like to be cared for.

This week I also got to watch the movieĀ The Good Lie. I really enjoyed this movie. It was the story of The Lost Boys of Sudan. The movie was able to depict how important it is for people to adjust to new cultures and situations in order to care for and love each other. Throughout a lot of the movie I was annoyed because the professionals didn’t want to get too involved with the men they were caring for. I will never do this in my nursing career. I want my patients to feel comfortable in expressing cares and concerns to me and I want to be willing to listen.


My name is Tara Taylor. I was born in Alamosa, Colorado. I am the oldest child and have one sister and two brothers. I am currently engaged and will be getting married on May 30th. I am creating this journal to keep track of my learning and experiences in my Transcultural Nursing class. I’m taking this class to help me become a better nurse and to count as credit towards my BSN.