[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the “M Men-Gleaner Manual, Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
In 1940 two young people of outstanding characters and abilities decided to marry. The girl, age twenty, was active and very much interested in her Church. She had worked for two years and wanted to “settle down.” The fellow was twenty-five, had a superior intellect, a fine personality and was well-respected by his associates. This couple had gone together for nearly three years and were well acquainted with the many phases of personality of each. They basically agreed on nearly everything except religion and the place for their marriage. The girl had always hoped and dreamed of being married in one of the temples “for time and eternity.” The fellow was an inactive member of a Protestant church and had been investigating Mormonism for nearly two years. He still felt that he was not ready to ask for membership. This was their major stumbling block. What should they do? What did they do? The boy finally promised the girl that he would join the Church soon after they were married and then they would be married in the temple later. What happened? The young man joined the Church soon after their marriage but only because he had promised he would. He was ordained a deacon but that was as far as he progressed in the priesthood. Discord and difficulties crept into this marriage relationship and although two fine children were born, divorce resulted.
1. Why is temple marriage so important to Latter-day Saints?
2. What are the requirements for getting a temple recommend?
3. How might divorce have been prevented in this case?