Mar 25, 2008
Have you ever thought what it would be like if everyone got married in the temple? Things would be great, right? Sure, we'd be one big, happy and secluded people! Having not been married in the temple myself, I wouldn't highly recommend marrying outside of the Church to anyone considering it. At the same time, if it's right for you, then it can be a valuable learning and faith-building experience. I believe that marriage is a highly personal decision and the Lord has a will for each individual. Sometimes we're required to take a leap of faith, for which there are no guarantees. I am the product of a mother who took that leap of faith and a father who later joined the Church and both remain strong this day. Of course I wish the same success story for myself and everyone, but if it doesn't happen in this life, then I refuse to look at my life as a failure, as many members would unfortunately label it. It's 2008 and there is still a lot of mistrust and myths that are prevalent among non-Mormons. Excluding someone from our lives solely on the basis of faith is, to me, the antithesis of what Mormonism stands for and in most cases, results in further suspicion and resentment of Mormonism in general. I don't wish to paint a black and white picture of marriage because there are many factors that need to be examined when marriage is being considered. I just believe that faith, as incredibly important as it is, is not the only one. Sometimes, in order to bring people into the Church, we have to marry them. And you thought that knocking on doors was demanding missionary work!