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date: 19 July 2018

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Mormon theologies of embodiment are best understood as entanglement: Mormon spirits are entangled in mortal flesh, and embodied humans are to be entangled in the lives of others. The concept of embodiment as entanglement is a constant in Latter-day Saint beliefs and practices. LDS theologies orient thinking about and behavior around bodies toward long-term relationships: between individuals and God, within biological families, and among members of the human family. The various threads of embodiment as entanglement include: spirit with matter, spirit with body, body with body, spirit with spirit. The LDS “Plan of Salvation” can also be reinterpreted through notions of entanglement. Finally, this chapter traces the ramifications of entangled embodiment into discussions about how to present and dress the body. LDS modesty rhetoric governs bodies to facilitate eternal relationships, both on the local and the global scale.

Keywords: embodiment, sexuality, body, procreation, family

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