In other words, Latter-day Saints believe that when two people enter into temple marriage (i.e., eternal marriage) and are faithful to their covenants, then they will rise in the resurrection as a married couple and live together forever in the married state.
Members are encouraged to stay away from any path which might take them away from this great blessing.
45.) Clearly, right marriage begins with right dating.
A person generally marries someone from among those with whom he associates, with whom he goes to school, with whom he goes to church, with whom he socializes. Do not take the chance of dating nonmembers, or members who are untrained and faithless.
Their nonmember spouse often resents them attending Church meetings, paying tithing, accepting callings, and keeping Church Standards (e.g., Sabbath worship) Finally, it should be mentioned that some Latter-day Saints date nonmembers with no intent of forming a serious lasting relationship.
Unfortunately, despite their intentions, they sometimes fall in love with nonmembers and find themselves emotionally chained and unable to end the relationship.
After all, we usually fall in love with those we date.
Speaking of which, nonmembers also fall in love with those whom they date.
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.
Because dating is a preparation for marriage, date only those who have high standards, who respect your standards, and in whose company you can maintain the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(See For the Strength of Youth)Your chances for a happy and lasting marriage will be far greater if you will date those who are active and faithful in the Church.
A girl may say, "Oh, I do not intend to marry this person.