LDS World: The principle and importance of marriage

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  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    March 7, 2013 5:55 p.m.


    "Did Emma have any regrets that you are aware of?"

    Oh boy. Pleaze don't go there if you aren't ready to see Joseph as anything other than a perfect prophet. He and Emma loved each other deeply...but they certainly had their "moments" (to be understated) where plural marriage was concerned.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    March 7, 2013 5:49 p.m.


    I'm LDS, but I have to go with Baccus on this one. My religion is important to me personally -- I see no atheists or progressives trying to take away my right to a spiritual relationship with God. I certianly get no enjoyment from watching them "squirm" over my personal religious beliefs.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    March 7, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    I wish people would stop blaming god for horrible decisions they make in their lives -- like choosing a spouse!

    I chose my wife on my own, with no help from anyone, especially not from any god, and after almost 30 years of marriage, I have no doubt that no god could possibly have chosen better.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 6, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    @ atl134. Did Emma have any regrets that you are aware of? Does he today?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    So I can infer from this article that God has better success in the matchmaking business than Emma.

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 5, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    right because cultures don't change which is why we still all live in hunter gatherer groups. oh wait.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    March 5, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    @JoeBlow: Remember, LDS members believe(d) that Joseph Smith spoke face to face with, and received instructions directly from the Lord. So, given those criteria, if a man I believed spoke directly with God told me to do X or marry Y, I'd do it. If I didn't believe he spoke directly with God, I would not do it. So you are correct in the second case, but in the first case, would you run away from a man who spoke with God and conveyed such a message to you? It would be deeply gratifying to me, and much more, to *KNOW* I was doing the Lord's will. I am a convert to the LDS faith, yet I wonder why so many people so strongly resent and oppose it? It is as though the idea that the Lord could actually do what is written about in all scripture, that is, convey His will to man through a prophet, is somehow so outlandish and unbelievable that any man who says it happened is immediately branded a liar, a cheat, an evil man! Likewise, the church he established, as instructed by God , is condemned. WHY?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 5, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Athiest and progressives: Go ahead and be my guest it you think you can overturn cultural traditions (i.e. This is much different than religious traditions). Although I here about women asking men to marry them, something I am not against at all--if that's how a man and women get married. Traditionally, however, it has not been so and I doubt very much it is going to change. There is just something about the differences between men and women, something progressives and athiests don't admit or understand, that makes them quite different, not just on the physical level. Good luck with overturning that 'perogative'. Again, I can only look at how it happens in a majority of cases and 'enjoy' the frustration that it must trigger with those who want everybody the same. Forcing everybody to be same is something I find repugnant, offensive to all believers in the individual nature of every human being.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    March 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    @ Bandersen

    I would like to say that I enjoyed the article, it was well written stating the LDS perspective on marriage. As you know, many people, myself included, think that marriage is broader than stated here. But that really is irrelevant at this point.

    What called my attention is your comment.
    You wrote: " This 'perogative' is at least one 'right' the athiests and progressives won't be able to take away. In a Politically Correct world, I can thoroughly enjoy watching them squirm on this one"

    I didn't know atheists and/or progressives were trying to take away any prerogative or right from you. Please, you can count on my support on fighting anyone who attempts to take rights away from you.

    I was concern, as usually am, when a fellow Christian declares that he/she would "thorughly enjoy watching them squirm ", that sounds utterly un-Christian.

    Fortunately, I'm sure nobody is squirming over the article or anything written here.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    [In many societies today, a request for marriage is the prerogative of a man.]

    Good thing we don't live in one of those, as they're usually the ones that also require women to be covered head-to-toe. Here in United States, as well a most modern societies, a woman can ask a man, neither needs the permission of their parents, and dowries aren't required.

  • George Bronx, NY
    March 5, 2013 11:03 a.m.


    As an "atheist" and "progressive" I feel no need to "squirm" over your religious belief (not the same as objective reality) that MEN have the "perogative." it only illustrates the patriarchal nature of your religion nothing more nothing less.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 5, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Sorry, but if my religious leader told me that the "Lord" wanted by to do X or Marry Y, I would run away as fast as I could.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    This 'perogative' is at least one 'right' the athiests and progressives won't be able to take away. In a Politically Correct world, I can thoroughly enjoy watching them squirm on this one.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 5, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    Thanks for this wonderful article. The scriptures are clear.