Marriage amongst mormons
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  • 1. Marriage amongst Mormons
  • 2.
    • In Latter-day Saint society and lifestyle it is central to the exaltation of the individual person.
    • 3. Latter-day Saints consider it of utmost importance to marry the right person, in the right place, by the right authority; to keep the covenant made in connection with this holy and perfect order of matrimony.
    • 4. Theology says that men and women existed as spirit offspring of heavenly parents in a premortal life.
  • 5.
    • Latter-day Saints view life on earth as a time to prepare to meet God and strive toward becoming like him.
    • 6. This is dependent to a large extent on entering into "celestial marriage" for "time and all eternity".
    • 7. Eventually all exalted beings shall have entered into this highest patriarchal order of the priesthood.
  • 8.
    • Marital and family bond can continue in the post-earth life, and indeed is necessary for eternal life, or life in the Celestial Kingdom.
    • 9. LDS marriages are distinct and different in several aspects from marriages in other denominations.
    • 10. Marriages of faithful Latter-day Saints differ from those of less observant Church members.
  • 11.
    • Premarital or extramarital sexual relations are viewed as totally unacceptable.
    • 12. The power of procreation is vital to the entire Plan of Salvation.
    • 13. It is held sacred, to be used only as the Lord has directed.
    • 14. As such LDS dating is viewed as the very key to happiness.
  • 15.
    • Active Latter-day Saints have more conservative attitudes about and are less likely to have engaged in premarital sexual intercourse than those who are less active in the Church.
    • 16. Mormons are significantly less approving of teenagers having sex or of premarital cohabitation than non-Mormons.
  • 17.
    • 2,000 adolescents in public high schools in the western United States, showed that 17 percent of the Latter-day Saints had had premarital intercourse, compared to 48 percent of the Catholics, 51 percent of those with no religious affiliation, and 67 percent of the Protestants.
    • 18. The attitudes and behavior of inactive Mormons are more similar to those of other faiths than to active Latter-day Saints.
  • 19.
    • Members of the Church in the United States and Canada are more likely to marry and remarry than Catholics, conservative Protestants, liberal Protestants, or those with no religious affiliation.
    • 20. Canadian Catholics are three times as likely, Protestants twice as likely, and those without a religious affiliation four times as likely as Latter-day Saints not to have married by age thirty.
  • 21.
    • It appears that Mormon females are more likely to marry outside the Church than are Mormon males.
    • 22. Active Mormons are less likely to marry non-Mormons than are less active Mormons.
    • 23. Non-Mormon spouses (especially non-Mormon husbands) are more likely to convert to the Church than Mormons are to convert to a non-Mormon spouse's faith.
  • 24.
    • Latter-day Saints are less likely to divorce than Catholics and Protestants and are far less likely than those with no religious affiliation.
    • 25. 14 percent of the Mormon men and 19 percent of the women had divorced.
    • 26. Latter-day Saints married in a temple ceremony are considerably less likely to divorce than those married outside the temple.
  • 27.
    • Men and women have different-but closely intertwined and mutually supporting-roles in the marital and family setting.
    • 28. Mormon males and females tend to be more conservative and traditional in their gender role attitudes and behavior than members of other faiths.
    • 29. LDS males spend about the same amount of time performing household tasks as non-Mormon males.
  • 30.
    • Mormon females spend significantly more time at such tasks than non-Mormon females.
    • 31. LDS females spend more time performing traditional male tasks than do female non-Mormons.
    • 32. These differences in both attitudes and behavior are not viewed negatively by either LDS men or women.