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Published: Friday, April 12 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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rlsintx
Plano, TX

If you're Jewish or Mormon and marry outside your faith, you're in the 2 highest risk groups for divorce statistically.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

More than a conclusion, it's a commitment.
desire, believe, expectations and touch. makes the magic. Watch what you say. never take things to heart or personally. Never assume any thing and always do your best. It's a you matter thing.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Irrespective of the faith in question, I would not generally recommend someone with a commitment to their faith marry outside of that faith.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

As long as people go into an interfaith relationship/marriage with the understanding/expectation that the partner will never convert, and they're alright with that, then it won't be much of an issue outside from perhaps some bigoted hostility from family members.

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

It's actually fun to learn and celebrate the other religion's holidays, and the rites that they have. That keeps a mind open and honest. It's when we close down and forget who the other person is - our beloved one - that the issues come about.
It's definitely a lesson in tolerance.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

I'am LDS, and my wife was Catholic the first 14 years of our marriage. We never had a conflict over religion. This past Tuesday she was baptized in the LDS church. She suprised me about six months ago, when out of the blue she asked me if she would have to be rebaptized. She spent six months building her testimony. I remember reading just a month ago from President Hinckley's book "Stand for Something" that interfaith marriages are not likely to work. It's good to beat the odds. Temple Sealing next year.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

FT1/SS

Congratulations.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

I think this article would be more powerful had the couple not been engaged, but rather a long married couple. Wouldn't you want to hear from ones who have successfully navigated the process, rather than a couple who may have struggles with the major differences later (hopefully they won't, but some do).

sharrona
layton, UT

Christians should ”not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:”…. 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Re: Twin Lights , Irrespective of the faith in question, I would not generally recommend someone with a commitment to their faith marry outside of that faith. True,
Marriages of the Nephilim, the sons of God with the daughters of men caused the sins which brought on the Flood ( Genesis 6:1-7 NIV).

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

To my mind, to academics and reporters and other uninvolved persons, religion is a subject they look at from the outside. They write about it dispassionately. To those who are religious, meaning they identify with a specific faith, participate, attend meetings, give time and or money to further their particular faith's goals and worship God as they are taught or led, religion is an affair of the heart. These people are inside looking out. To mix what can be diverging religions in a marriage will mean that some form of disharmony or conflict or crisis must emerge to be resolved. The resolution will require some form of change or compromise. If the information in the article is correct i.e., higher divorce rates, it would be well to consider this factor before hand.

luv2organize
Gainesville, VA

The kids will suffer because ultimately there will be division of how to raise the kids. I've seen it first hand.

bfisacoff
Cheshire, MA

I am a Cathoilc woman, married for forty-three blissful years to a Jewish man. Yes, we have a daughter. Don't tell us interfaith marriage doesn't work!

sharrona
layton, UT

@ Bfisacoff, I am a Cathoilc woman, married for forty-three blissful years to a Jewish man. Yes, we have a daughter. Don't tell us interfaith marriage doesn't work???
"Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you Nay, If a Jew comes into this church ,and the blood honestly professes to be a Saint, a follower of Christ, and if the blood of Judah is in his veins, he will apostatize".(JoD V. 2 p. 142) Brigham Young

Mom Johnson
West Jordan, UT

I was raised LDS and married a Catholic man. I had no plans to marry outside the faith, but happened to find a wonderful, kind man. Before we were married, he knew that our children would be raised LDS. He didn't care as long as he did not have to participate. Ten years of loving him, holding FHE, serving in the church, reading the Book of Mormon to my children every morning and trying to be a good example softened his heart and he chose to read the Book of Mormon and ultimately meet with the missionaries. He was baptized 22 years ago and we have since served a mission.

Can interfaith marriages work? Yes, however, I did not recommend it to my children (who found spouses within the gospel) and would not recommend it to anyone. It was lonely those 10 years taking my children to church by myself.

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