Damning Romantic Relationship

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Before he proclaimed the words “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His Children” President Gordon B. Hinckley addressed the woman of the church with these words; “With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much deception concerning standards and values, with so much of allurement and enticement to take on the slow stain of the world, we have felt to warn and forewarn.” With the 20th anniversary of the Proclamation to the World on The Family quickly approaching it is clear to the prophets and other church leaders that the family and its fundamental values are under attack. A vastly strengthening platoon aiding this attack is the practice of cohabitation. A once uncommon experience has rapidly grown into a common practice among Americans. Between 1965 and 1974 only 10% of couples getting married cohabitated prior to their marriage. In only 20 years however, that percentage increased to over 50% by 1994 (Smock, 2000) and hovers around 60% today of brides and grooms living together before their wedding night (Oaks, 2013). Researchers have also found that two-fifths of all children will spend some portion of their childhood in a cohabiting household (Smock, 2000). Because of the damaging effects which cohabitation can have on individual’s emotional and economic well-being, a child’s well-being, as well as spiritual ramifications, I argue that the practice of cohabitation is the greatest attack against the family today. A main reasoning behind why people choose to cohabitate rather than starting a marriage first is the idea that living with a partner before marriage can help in selecting a spouse that will increase emotional and economic well-being. While common sense would suggest this “test-drive” before marriage would be a good indicator of a happy
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