I’m an evangelist, but I haven’t yet been baptized in any religion. My future husband is Mormon. I’m interested in getting to know more about your church. What advice would you give someone who wants to learn more? We live in the United States. Also, are interracial marriages accepted in your church? Can my family come to our wedding even though they’re not Mormon?

V.kim from Madrid,
(Comment originally posted in Spanish)

2 Responses to “My future husband is Mormon”

El Santo Gringo
November 17, 2013

Temples are considered houses of God, places of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world.

Hi V. Kim. I’m happy you’re already dedicated to God and that you’re interested in getting to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Many people first learn about our religion through friends, family, and loved ones.

To join our church, it’s important that you be sincerely converted to our beliefs, independent of your boyfriend. Since you’re already faithful to God, I suspect your spiritual sensitivity will make the conversion process all the easier.

I recently wrote an article about conversion that you might find helpful. In summary, I suggest you follow two steps. First, start attending our meetings with your boyfriend every Sunday so you can see how we worship. Second, began to chat with our missionaries. You can request a missionary visit online, but it might be even easier to just chat with them directly when you visit our chapel. Your boyfriend can help you get in touch with them as well.

Your family could certainly participate in your marriage celebration. In our faith, there are two kinds of marriages. One of these takes place in a Mormon temple. Since temple worship requires a lot of preparation, only members of our faith can participate. However, Mormon marriages typically include other celebrations as well that are open to everyone. I encourage you to chat with your boyfriend about this important question to learn more.

Also, the church has no objections to interracial marriages.

February 3, 2014

Temples are considered houses of God, places of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world.

Hello V. Kim. It is wonderful that you want to know more about the LDS Church. Your future husband would be delighted if you asked him to meet with the missionaries to answer a few questions you have about the Church.

The missionaries are men and women called of God to teach and help people understand the Church’s beliefs.

Interracial marriages are common in the Church. Our son is married to a beautiful, intelligent and loving woman from Cameroon Africa. They are now proud parents of their first child. There are several interracial families in our Ward. White French-Canadian man with a brown French-African woman, white German male with an East-Asian female, White English-Canadian male with a black bilingual Canadian female, white British male with a Japanese-Canadian female. I could go on.

There are two types of marriage ceremonies available to members of the Church. Temple marriage is the most common because couples are united for time and eternity. Only members of our church who prepare themselves can enter the Temple. The second type of marriage is performed either in the chapel or in the home. Couples are united as they say “till death do us part”.

My wife and I were married in the chapel with both our non-Mormon families present. A year later we were united for time and eternity in the Washington DC Temple.

Three of our children were married in the Temple and had ring ceremonies at the reception with friends and family.

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