Just because he didn’t serve a mission then doesn’t mean he continues to pass on opportunities to serve in the Church now.The decision to seriously date a young man is always filled with fear as well as hope.
The last time I saw my daughter, she told me that she had decided to be more proactive about meeting people.
She had signed up for a (free) online dating service, and had recently gone out with four different guys.
None of them was a hit, but the evenings were pleasant enough and she felt good about actually trying and putting herself out there. I called her just a couple of days ago to make Memorial Day plans, and in the course of that conversation I asked her how the online dating experiment was coming.
And she casually mentioned that she’s actually seeing someone now.
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.
As a 26-year-old woman, I still consider myself young, but the prospect of facing such limited dating opportunities for four to five years has me approaching the question of my romantic future in an entirely different way.
As I discussed this issue with a friend, she said something surprising.
But this move has also made me aware of my place in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a new way.
Perhaps most notably, as I prepare to move, I find myself reflecting on what it means to leave the land of Mormon singles, while still single.
Last week I received an email from a reader who identified herself as an 18-year-old Mormon dating a guy who’s nominally Greek Orthodox. I’ve seen marriages that are done by the LDS bishop, but never really anything else when it comes to a part-member family.