In Latter-day Saint society and lifestyle it is central to the exaltation of the individual person.
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.
Theology says that men and women existed as spirit offspring of heavenly parents in a premortal life.
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.
The attitudes and behavior of inactive Mormons are more similar to those of other faiths than to active Latter-day Saints.