In either situation the purposes of [dating] are not realized and the couple’s morality is corrupted.
The world may countenance premarital sex experiences, but the Lord and [the Mormon] church condemn in no uncertain terms any and every sex relationship outside of marriage, and even indecent and uncontrolled ones within marriage.” Sometimes dating can be a barrier between youth and their parents.
This tells me something – not that my own marriage or life is so interesting, but that the Church is providing very little in the way of resources for anyone thinking of marrying outside its ranks. In America more generally, about 1 in 3 marriages is now interfaith; for Mormons it’s only about 1 in 9.
The LDS Church strongly encourages Mormons to only date other Mormons, and certainly to only marry inside the fold (though as Naomi Schaefer Riley points out in her terrific book on interfaith marriages in the USA, Mormons also do a great job of fellowshipping interfaith families once a wedding has already occurred). (And in answer to your specific question about my wedding, I wasn’t Mormon when I got married, so we had a Protestant candlelight ceremony.) Focus on the marriage, not the wedding. That’s great news for those who are concerned about propagating the faith, but know that it makes for a lonely road for you personally.
But am trying to share my CHRISTIAN faith, but they have a lot of “justifications” and i do not have all the answers and want to represent God well. Yes, I have studied Mormonism since the early 1980s, much longer than you have been alive!!! First of all, I’m going to lay it all out on the line. ) I’ll just come out and say in the very beginning that I think it is not very wise for you to be dating a Mormon, or anyone outside your faith, for that matter.
I don’t want you to take anything I say personal or as an attack, but if I were your father, this is what I would say. In our book we have a chapter titled “Why Won’t You Allow Your Daughter to Date a Mormon?
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.