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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

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Bob K
porland, OR

More ideas that Deseret readers can use to help marriage:
1-- Take resources used for the sham of "protecting marriage from being re-defined", and use them to help stabilize poor communities. With the percentage of people under 30 in most States favoring marriage equality around 80, let's face the handwriting on the wall.
2-- Rather than sending missionaries to areas where they make few converts and the locals have the ability to take care of their own poor (France, Japan, etc), train young mormons to do a mission in a poor community. Have them help girls learn not to get pregnant too young, and assist young mothers in raising kids who are ready for school.
The article is correct in saying that economic viability is a predictor of marriage.
LDS people could be in the forefront of assisting kids being born within marriage if they modify their charitable acts to fit the 21st Century

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

Funny how we are now seeing the effects of the deterioration of the family. We were warned of this years ago. Just read the LDS Proclamation on the Family. It states "we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

Just look at what Paul the Apostle said would happen in the last days:

2 Timothy 3:1-7

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

How much of that do we see today.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

The reality is that the economy has driven divorce rates and the percentage of people choosing not to marry, It isn't necessarily "moral" decay as redshirt would like to believe. I mean, let's face it, spouses having been cheating on their spouses for millennia.

Also, women are no longer tied to men necessarily for the wealth and social status. Pretty much before 1960, they had to take whatever garbage men threw at them. With the advent of the birth control pill as well as more choices in the work place, partially gained by World War II, women have made choices to delay marriage and children. Tie these two factors of more choices for women as well as the economy itself being a corrosive element to family structure, you have these recent trends. The new role for women is what is and most cases a good thing. But unless the middle class can be restored or those in the lower and middle classes feel more comfortable about the economic direction, one can expect higher divorce rates and people choosing not to marry and have children. Again, it is what it is...

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Here's also the deal with marriage of say the last 50 years. When women had limited opportunities for employment and couldn't even own property, of course they had to stay with their cheating husbands. Now women are much freer and in fact, doing better than men in aspects including obtaining college degrees. Their economic future isn't necessarily tied to a man and if their husband cheats, more women feel inclined to leave. I suppose being in the work place also gives women more opportunities to cheat on their own husbands. Again, it really comes down to the new economy and not necessarily decay in morals because much of this decay is pure mythology or any decay is again tied to the economic factors. The economy is the dog that wags the tail on this particular issue. Marriage is more than love, it is a legal contract, it is also a business partnership of sorts. Of course the article is dead on, marriage is a good institution presently for those who can afford it. However, the poor often make poor decisions in choosing a spouse or having children out of wedlock which merely exacerbates their plight.

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