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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Los Angeles Times Looks At LDS Temple Marriages
Los Angeles Times 8Apr00 N1
By William Lobdell

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The Los Angeles Times' Lobdell takes a look at the relative success of LDS Temple marriages in an article published in the Times' Orange County section on Saturday. The article finds 10 reasons why LDS Temple marriages claim a divorce rate of just 6%, while the overall divorce rate is much higher (27% according to Barna Research Group).

The article credits BYU professor Daniel K. Judd for the LDS Temple-marriage divorce rate, noting that the procedures for obtaining an LDS Temple divorce are stringent. The 10 reasons given in the article for the longevity of LDS Temple marriages are:
1. Mormons date and marry within the faith, giving the marriage shared values and beliefs.
2. They make sure they're committed to their faith
3. They get their lives squared away before marriage.
4. They make the wedding ceremony sacred.
5. "Until death do you part" isn't enough. They marry for eternity.
6. They believe the family that prays together stays together.
7. They send their young men on two-year missions, which gets
8. They get help when they have a problem.
9. They believe children create happy, stable marriages.
10. They forget about "Monday Night Football" or "Ally McBeal." (and hold Family Home Evening instead).


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