What does the church say about being in love and having a serious relationship with your first cousin? I have actually been in a complicated relationship with my cousin for a short while but our parents found out. They told us that it was wrong. But I researched and looked it up in the Book of Mormon and other church sources over and over and I can’t find anything saying it is wrong other than the Church supports the fact that first cousin marriage can bring about medical problems when the cousins have children and that this certain marriage is often frowned upon in the US.
I don’t want to marry her, although my mind is still bringing it up for debate. I have gone through the repentance of all this because everyone expected it of me but my feelings are still the same, and I can’t help but feel like a horrible messed up person because of it.
Honestly, I am on the verge of leaving the Church because of this. But I am still divided on my decision.
Please clarify, I have been apart from my cousin for nearly a year, and I can’t even talk to her anymore in any way, shape, or form. I need perspective on this. HELP!!!