Marriage is both a foundational unit in society and a sacred religious institution. This religious significance of marriage carries into the sociological realm: members of the Church tend to marry earlier and have lower divorce rates compared to national averages. Marriage is so important to members of the Church that they are performed in temples and are meant to last for eternity. The following BYU devotionals address both the social and religious aspects of marriage. Young adults are encouraged by Church leaders to prioritize marriage and family, and within the Church they are taught principles that help foster happy and successful marriages.
I come to you concerned and somewhat troubled. My comments this evening are directed to those of you who will dedicate an important part of your earthly lives to making your eventual eternal marriages succeed. The emotions I feel are the deepest love and respect for you and the excitement for your futures as someday you will sit where we now sit and speak where we now speak and lead in areas where we have led, but in many areas where we have not yet led. There is a tendency in life, brothers and sisters, to simplify problems and complicate solutions.
Good morning, brothers and sisters. For more than twenty-five years, both as a student and now as a professor here at Brigham Young University, I have been personally blessed by many of the messages shared in these devotionals. It is truly a humbling experience to speak with you today. However, as final scheduling was put into place, I was asked to move to this devotional slot during the first week of April. When this happened, I wondered if I should perhaps change the focus of my remarks.
The process of courtship is a difficult one for all involved and often proves to be more complicated than expected. This has led some to claim that dating might be appropriately synonymous with navigating a minefield. However, when we follow the guidance of prophets and apostles regarding dating and marriage, we can avoid a lot of the unnecessary difficulties that accompany dating.