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Sorry atheists, we have some bad news.
It turns out the secret to living to 100 is being a Mormon. Identical twins Boyd and Ralph Henderson are, of course, best friends, and have been inseparable since they were born a century ago in 1918.
The brothers both married their high school sweethearts and have 14 children, 71 grandchildren and 128 great-grandchildren between them. Boyd and Ralph were born in Arimo, Idaho, US, and fought together during the Second World War in North Africa and Europe. But while their special bond has kept them young, the siblings reckon the true secret to their longevity is their Mormon faith. Following the religion has kept them in good shape because it teaches worshippers not to consume alcohol, smoke tobacco or even consume caffeinated drinks. It means they have never touched a drop of alcohol in their lives, but it didn’t stop them celebrating their big day at a blowout bash along with 300 guests.
Boyd said: ‘My twin brother and I were raised together, went to church together, and we were taught to treat people right. ‘We’ve been raised the same way – to be honest and we’ve tried to live our lives that way. ‘Me and Ralph have been together all of our lives and it was an honor to turn 100 with him.’ Ralph said: ‘It’s very nice being a twin. We’re best friends.’ Ralph, who lives in a retirement facility in Burley, Idaho, and Boyd, who lives in a veterans’ home in Pocatello, Idaho, also credit their longevity to their late wives.
While at war the pair got married to their high-school sweethearts – Boyd’s wife Ethel, and Lena, Ralph’s wife – and they stayed together for the remainder of their lives. When Ralph was drafted in 1940, Boyd followed suit to show his brother support, even though his number wasn’t up. Ralph and Boyd are taking it easy in retirement after running a successful sawmill business for more than 50 years in Pocatello.
Ralph’s son Jason, an investment advisor, said: ‘When they came back from war they were productive citizens in the community. ‘They were entrepreneurs and opened up a saw mill together, and they helped other people in Pocatello to build their own houses.’ Ralph and Boyd aren’t content with reaching 100 and are now looking forward to their 105th birthday in 2023.

100-year-old identical twins say secret to long life is being Mormon

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13 minutes ago, JAHS said:

Sorry atheists, we have some bad news.
It turns out the secret to living to 100 is being a Mormon. Identical twins Boyd and Ralph Henderson are, of course, best friends, and have been inseparable since they were born a century ago in 1918.
The brothers both married their high school sweethearts and have 14 children, 71 grandchildren and 128 great-grandchildren between them. Boyd and Ralph were born in Arimo, Idaho, US, and fought together during the Second World War in North Africa and Europe. But while their special bond has kept them young, the siblings reckon the true secret to their longevity is their Mormon faith. Following the religion has kept them in good shape because it teaches worshippers not to consume alcohol, smoke tobacco or even consume caffeinated drinks. It means they have never touched a drop of alcohol in their lives, but it didn’t stop them celebrating their big day at a blowout bash along with 300 guests.
Boyd said: ‘My twin brother and I were raised together, went to church together, and we were taught to treat people right. ‘We’ve been raised the same way – to be honest and we’ve tried to live our lives that way. ‘Me and Ralph have been together all of our lives and it was an honor to turn 100 with him.’ Ralph said: ‘It’s very nice being a twin. We’re best friends.’ Ralph, who lives in a retirement facility in Burley, Idaho, and Boyd, who lives in a veterans’ home in Pocatello, Idaho, also credit their longevity to their late wives.
While at war the pair got married to their high-school sweethearts – Boyd’s wife Ethel, and Lena, Ralph’s wife – and they stayed together for the remainder of their lives. When Ralph was drafted in 1940, Boyd followed suit to show his brother support, even though his number wasn’t up. Ralph and Boyd are taking it easy in retirement after running a successful sawmill business for more than 50 years in Pocatello.
Ralph’s son Jason, an investment advisor, said: ‘When they came back from war they were productive citizens in the community. ‘They were entrepreneurs and opened up a saw mill together, and they helped other people in Pocatello to build their own houses.’ Ralph and Boyd aren’t content with reaching 100 and are now looking forward to their 105th birthday in 2023.

100-year-old identical twins say secret to long life is being Mormon

In a talk he gave a couple of years ago my stake president commented on the number of members of the stake over the age of 100.

He then mentioned that, if you make it over 100 you're got a pretty good chance, since, statistically, very few people die over the age of 100.

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Japanese Mormon twins..the best. ;)

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I think long before 100 I am going to be ready to be done. I am more concerned with quality then quantity.

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19 minutes ago, The Nehor said:

I think long before 100 I am going to be ready to be done. I am more concerned with quality then quantity.

I agree. But then again, according to my genome analysis, I don't have the predisposition for longevity so I'm enjoying what time I have left now. :)  I think its a lovely story though and these two seem to be enjoying a lot of quality as well as quantity!

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