Mormon views dating non mormons
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.To minimize the dangers the girl should by all means make sure that she marries a man who is honorable and good, so that even if he cannot at present be brought to accept the gospel there is a fair chance of his being converted later.(The Miracle of Forgiveness, p.242) We love those few [non-members] who join the Church after marriage [to a member].I believe it is a cruel thing to expose a nonmember to that risk.I have received dozens of letters from heartbroken nonmembers who can't understand why the person they love ended their relationship.The Church recognizes the legal validity of non-temple marriages.
There will be a new spirit in Zion when the young women will say to their boyfriends, "If you cannot get a temple recommend, then I am not about to tie my life to you, even for mortality!We praise them and honor them, but the odds are against us. Only about one out of seven nonmember spouses [is] converted and baptized into the Church. The total program of the Lord for the family cannot be enjoyed fully if the people are unequally yoked in marriage. Kimball, "Marriage and Divorce", Brigham Young University Devotional, September 7, 1976, pp.9-10.) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Some of our young people, and others, have wondered if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is peculiar or unique in its insistence that its members should marry within the Church.True, a small percentage have finally been baptized after marrying Church members. Others who did not join the Church were still kind and considerate and cooperative and permitted the member spouse to worship and serve according to the Church patterns.Some good women and some good men have joined the Church after the mixed marriage and have remained devout and active. But the majority did not join the Church and, as indicated earlier, friction, frustration and divorce marked a great many of their marriages.
45.) Clearly, right marriage begins with right dating.