Those who are married live longer, suffer less illness, recover faster when sick, have less depression and anxiety, and commit suicide less often. They also have children who grow up to be physically and emotionally healthier and who are less likely to be delinquent than children who are raised in single-parent homes. First, we explored factors relating to marriage among members of the Church and their peers across the United States.In spite of this positive evidence, marriage is on the decline in the United States. Hinckley observed in 1997: As I look to the future, I see little to feel enthusiastic about concerning the family in America and across the world. All of this will happen and get worse unless there is an underlying acknowledgment, yes, a strong and fervent conviction, concerning the fact that the family is an instrument of the Almighty. Second, we compared data on divorce among Latter-day Saints and those not of our faith.Some have suggested that factors such as modernization, changes in divorce laws, and increased educational opportunities for women have contributed to this shift (Gelles, 1995). census indicates that the percentage of married-couple households with children under 18, normally referred to as the “traditional family,” is at an all-time low of 24% compared to 45% in the 1960s (Schmitt, 2001, pp. Drugs and alcohol are taking a terrible toll, which is not likely to decrease. Finally, we looked within Latter-day Saint families to learn more about their characteristics.
Data from three different random samples was used in this analysis.
The first came from a survey in 1999 of 6,000 men and women from the United States who served missions for the Church.
The sample was divided between those who had been back from their missions 2, 5, 10, and 17 years, respectively.
The age of the respondents ranged from 21 to 45 years old.
Sixty-seven percent of the men and 84% of the women responded to the survey, making a combined response rate of 73%.
The second survey was conducted in 2000 and collected data from 6,000 LDS men and women in the United States who did not serve a mission.The survey was mailed to the same age groups as those of the returned-missionary survey. Modern social science confirms the teachings of the prophets. Are the trends of the world making their way into the families of the Church? Modern prophets and apostles have emphasized that social stability and individual happiness can only thrive within communities where marriage and family are a priority. Mc Clendon, “Family Life,” in Shield of Faith: The Power of Religion in the Lives of LDS Youth and Young Adults (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 247–64.In their widely acclaimed book The Case for Marriage, Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher (2000) reviewed a large quantity of research literature and found compelling scientific evidence that married people have better health, finances, and happiness. In seeking to answer this, we investigated several familial factors among Latter-day Saints.