Hi! I grew up pretty secular, but when I was a teenager I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka The Mormons) along with one of my parents. I threw myself into the faith and really liked it. However, around the time I got into my late teens, I felt burned out and kind of overwhelmed. However, I have always held dear to the positive aspects of what I call my LDS upbringing. At 19, I began attending an Episcopal Church with my surviving parent. They had attended LDS church services for several years, but had never joined. They remained committedly, and still remain, a nominal Episcopalian. I was initially wowed by Episcopal church services. I appreciated their emphasis on intellectual exploration of the Bible, and their ancient and complex traditions. However, after about a year or so, I began to feel that there was something deeply wrong with this kind of Christianity. While most of the people I encountered in the Episcopal Church are very nice and pleasant, their standards of conduct did not align with the standard of Christian conduct that I had been taught. In fact, the most important values taught from the pulpit of the Episcopal churches that I attended seemed to be "compassion" and the Democratic Party platform. It was such a contrast to my experience in the LDS Church where virtues like marriage, chastity, fidelity, family, charity, service, compassion, and kindness were emphasized. It's all well and good to study the Bible, but I never hear discussions about resolving some of the root of the social ills that plague our society. I have never heard an Episcopal clergyman say anything about addressing the decline of marriage or out-of-wedlock births. I've never read about what the Episcopal Church or Anglicans are trying to do to make sure that its members pursue and receive an affordable education (see the $5k/year LDS Church-sponsored bachelors degree programs). I could go on and on. This is not a criticism of Mainline Protestantism or Christianity. I am really trying to see if I am missing something, because I am just not understanding how these churches amount to anything more than a social club. What are the Episcopalian's and Anglican's thoughts on things like pre-marital/extramarital sex? What are their thoughts on the importance of marriage and family? What are their thoughts on the responsibility of members to other members?