It would be impossible not to notice how much LDS Church leadership has stepped up the message that young people should be getting married*. Apparently, the rates of temple marriage and marriage in general have dropped off quite a bit for the 18-30 year-old young single adult set. As marriage is a bedrock of LDS belief and lifestyle—highly correlated with church activity and with a host of positive social and financial gains—reemphasizing marriage as a goal makes sense for the Church.
But there must be a much larger underlying problem here which is undeniably obvious, but which it would be harder for us to admit and discuss publicly. Continue reading