I believe it is a cruel thing to expose a nonmember to that risk.I have received dozens of letters from heartbroken nonmembers who can't understand why the person they love ended their relationship.The Church recognizes the legal validity of non-temple marriages.
In other words, Latter-day Saints believe that when two people enter into temple marriage (i.e., eternal marriage) and are faithful to their covenants, then they will rise in the resurrection as a married couple and live together forever in the married state.
Members are encouraged to stay away from any path which might take them away from this great blessing.
If both spouses will live their lives in accordance with the Lord's will, then these priesthood blessings will enhance their marriage in ways not otherwise possible.
(See Teachings About the Family home page) Members who ignore the counsel of Church leaders on this issue are not punished or ostracized by the Church or its membership.
Their nonmember spouse often resents them attending Church meetings, paying tithing, accepting callings, and keeping Church Standards (e.g., Sabbath worship) Finally, it should be mentioned that some Latter-day Saints date nonmembers with no intent of forming a serious lasting relationship.
Unfortunately, despite their intentions, they sometimes fall in love with nonmembers and find themselves emotionally chained and unable to end the relationship.
Because dating is a preparation for marriage, date only those who have high standards, who respect your standards, and in whose company you can maintain the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(See For the Strength of Youth)Your chances for a happy and lasting marriage will be far greater if you will date those who are active and faithful in the Church.
" it accounts for a very narrow part of the worldwide LDS community.
Focusing on this small segment is a good start but shows that research in LDS sociology is still often limited in its scope. Holman provides the backdrop necessary for comparing LDS teachings and the American dating scene.
Since a major component of the gospel is the concept of eternal marriage, Latter-day Saints are encouraged to only date and marry faithful members of the Church.