Since a major component of the gospel is the concept of eternal marriage, Latter-day Saints are encouraged to only date and marry faithful members of the Church.
This is because only faithful members of the Church can enter a holy temple and be married for time and all eternity.
Here are seven reasons Riley gives for the low rates of interfaith marriages among Mormons.
The first is obvious; a few others make good sense when you stop to think about them; and the last one is surprising but likely all too true.
I can count on one hand the number of Sundays I’ve missed sacrament meeting in the past ten years.
(See Teachings About the Family home page) Members who ignore the counsel of Church leaders on this issue are not punished or ostracized by the Church or its membership.That can be surprisingly sad even when you have a happy interfaith marriage.3) Even the most communicative and respectful couple may find that having kids is a game-changer.So, “H,” here’s my advice to you after 23 years of happy marriage to a Protestant: Yes, a beautiful marriage is very possible for you. 1) You’re right that 18 is crazy to be getting married, but I don’t think it’s crazy for you to be talking about it. Interfaith marriages work best when you can’t talking to each other about the wonderful stuff as well as about potential sources of conflict – in this case, religion. Very few people in your ward will be in your shoes.Riley’s research shows, though, that most people who are exploring interfaith marriage focus almost solely on the wedding, which is just one day: Who will do the ceremony? Also, make sure you’re OK with going to the temple alone when almost all the other people on your ward temple trip will be married couples on a dewy-eyed date night.