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Basic information on this topic is provided in the 1994 Encyclopedia of Mormonism , Vol. 1, in the article "Dating and Courtship" by Brent C. Miller and H. Wallace Goddard. Several excerpts follow:

However, although courtship patterns change and vary across cultures, there is quite a conservative pattern for dating and courtship among Latter-day Saints in Western nations. It is expected that LDS youth will not begin dating until the age of sixteen. Serious, steady dating and marriage-oriented courtship are expected to be delayed longer, perhaps until after a mission for males and after completing high school for females. A chaste courtship is expected to lead to a temple marriage, in which a couple make binding commitments to each other for all time and eternity.

Two doctrinally based principles guide the dating and courtship of LDS youth: first, because of the religious significance of marriage, virtually everyone who can is expected to marry; second, because of the spiritual and social importance of chastity, sexual relations must wait until after marriage.

he s mainstream. the FLDS aren t really mormons, they are kind of like.. Opus Dei. thye practice polygamy and don t live in the real world. What he s saying is that Mormons are generally encouraged not to date until they are 16. That s why he can t ask you out.

E very third night, Marina Morrison forces herself not to go to bed until after 1am. Otherwise, she risks having to hear her husband, Abel, making love to another woman in the apartment upstairs, in a bedroom directly above her own. It’s a real struggle for me,  23-year-old Marina freely admits. But I’m trying to overcome my insecurity and move forward.  

While Marina may find the situation challenging, it is also what she has signed up for; she is Abel’s third wife, and shares him with her sister wives , Suzie, 36, who lives upstairs, and Beth, 37, who has the apartment next door.

The Morrisons –  four adults and 12 children – live together at Rockland Ranch, a community of 15 fundamentalist Mormon families, almost half of whom practise polygamy , in a remote corner of Utah. The Rock, as it is known, was founded in the 1970s by Bob Foster, a teacher who had three wives and fathered 38 children.

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, as our savior and redeemer. We believe that he lived, preached, paid the penalty for our sins, was crucified, died, was buried, and resurrected himself, now being physically alive and immortal. Everything else is just secondary to these. And no, we cannot have multiple wives. We excommunicate polygamists. It is only apostate groups like the FLDS who even try that. We try to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

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Basic information on this topic is provided in the 1994 Encyclopedia of Mormonism , Vol. 1, in the article "Dating and Courtship" by Brent C. Miller and H. Wallace Goddard. Several excerpts follow:

However, although courtship patterns change and vary across cultures, there is quite a conservative pattern for dating and courtship among Latter-day Saints in Western nations. It is expected that LDS youth will not begin dating until the age of sixteen. Serious, steady dating and marriage-oriented courtship are expected to be delayed longer, perhaps until after a mission for males and after completing high school for females. A chaste courtship is expected to lead to a temple marriage, in which a couple make binding commitments to each other for all time and eternity.

Two doctrinally based principles guide the dating and courtship of LDS youth: first, because of the religious significance of marriage, virtually everyone who can is expected to marry; second, because of the spiritual and social importance of chastity, sexual relations must wait until after marriage.

1. Yes it refers to polygamy. Also you said you were shocked by polygamy in Utah for the record it is not being done by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)..but rather by other groups which are not associated at all with the church. also just so you know Moses also had more than one wife..Zipporah and Keturah (and maybe one more) 2. the Book of Deuteronomy was written around 1400 BC. (I actually answered this question so I could write the dates as "BC" and "AD" rather than the annoying "BCE" and "CE"..from people trying to rewrite the Lord Jesus Christ out of history.they won t but it is still annoying). It couldn t have been in 600 BC.that s about when Isaiah and Jeremiah were preaching..Moses came way way before that!.he was even before David (= approx.1060 BC) 3. hardness = stubborness 4. Divorce rate by country: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_div_rat-people-divorce-rate 5. Divorce rate by religion: very difficult to determine accurately.(there are many interfaith marriages that complicate the statistics, also other factors) 6. It appears that many countries practice polygamy, mainly 3rd world countries it appears, many many areas are listed on this website: Indonesia,Russia, Switzerland, Qatar, Indonesia, Singapore, Dutch, Bangladesh, Australia, USA. http://polygamy411.com/category/world-polygamy/