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Looking past the important twenty-something years of dating, Riley explores how interfaith families respond to the later challenges and complexities of raising children when the partners don’t agree on religion. This seems on the surface to be a counterintuitive argument—if Mormons are kind and accepting of interfaith marriages and the people in them, as Riley claims from her interviews and research (and as our family has experienced firsthand, with only a few exceptions in two decades), wouldn’t the opposite be true?This is difficult in the LDS faith, where so much is expected of ordinary members. Wouldn’t there be more interfaith, part-Mormon marriages? Because of Mormonism’s strong emphasis on missionary work, approximately a third of part-member marriages will become same-faith marriages when the other spouse converts, sometimes many years down the road.Marriage ages for Mormons, while creeping up slightly, are still well below the national average.Since people who marry later in life are significantly more likely to marry someone of another religion or no religion, the Mormon prohibition of premarital sex—and the lower marriage ages that tend to result from it—have protected Mormonism against interfaith marriage. Mormons, Riley says, are expected to have high levels of religious commitment, which may be offputting to prospective non-Mormon spouses (though this theory undermines the book’s overall argument that most young interfaith couples blithely assume early on that love will conquer all and don’t plan in advance for possible areas of conflict).I’ve no desire to change my husband, and he is equally respectful of my choices. * I had misunderstood this stat in the original post and corrected it on 5/10/13. And in case you’re interested, the Pew study is referenced on p. 'Til Faith Do Us Part dating and marriage in the LDS church Flunking Sainthood interfaith interfaith families jana riess Judaism Mormon Mormon conversions Mormon families Mormon marriage Mormon singles wards Mormon temples Mormon theology of eternal marriage Mormons and premarital sex Naomi Schaefer Riley Oxford University Press The "Mormon Moment" the part-member Mormon family Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (Random House/Convergent, 2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church" (Oxford University Press, 2019).She has a Ph D in American religious history from Columbia University.
My own part-member family notwithstanding, Mormons are the least likely of any religious group to marry outside the fold, at just 12%.This statement is going to seem obvious to Latter-day Saints, who are schooled from diaperhood that their families can be together forever—if their parents are married in the temple.But while Mormonism is hardly unique in its theological belief that families can be eternal, it makes that belief concretely contingent upon a particular wedding ceremony in an LDS temple, to which only orthodox Mormons are admitted.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.