[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.]
A FEW years ago in Salt Lake City a dark-haired handsome fellow, age nineteen, started dating a charming girl who was eighteen. They both belonged to the Church and occasionally attended MIA and a few of the Sunday School and sacrament meetings. They started going steady after about eight months of dating and a variety of activities together. About two months later they began to talk seriously about getting married. The boy wanted to finish his college training and so did the girl. They quickly decided that they did not have enough money to establish a home of their own so they decided to run away, get married secretly, and continue their schooling. The couple went to a neighboring state, gave incorrect ages, and were married one evening by a justice of the peace. The witnesses were unknown to the couple and the ceremony was performed in the dining room of the justice’s home, with no appropriate surroundings. The couple then returned to Salt Lake to their folks and continued their schooling. Three months later they informed their folks and friends of their elopement and that they were “expecting” in about seven months.
1. What do you think of such a marriage?
2. Are there any advantages in an elopement?