Marriages that resulted from teenage dating
Family and friends played a major role in arranging marriages, especially if land and other wealth accompanied the union.
The parents and siblings in the families had a concern in the marriage, and the lord also wished to keep some accounting of village marrieages.
The central focus of my remarks will be to explicate the role that marital education, family counseling, and related services might play in promoting and strengthening healthy marriages and to discuss what we know about the potential of strategies that seek to ameliorate the key stressors (for example, job loss, lack of income, domestic violence, and childbearing) that make it difficult to form marriages in the first place or act as a catalyst that eventually breaks up existing marriages.
To summarize my conclusions: Marriage, Divorce, and Single Parenthood Encouraging and supporting healthy marriages is a cornerstone of the Bush Administration's proposed policies for addressing the poverty-related woes of single-parent households and, importantly, for improving the well-being of low-income children.
It was even possible that in times of land shortage, family interference in marriage was less common because they had nothing to bargain with.
The prospective bride and groom also had an economic stake in a marriage contract, because it would determine not only who their life partner would be, but also how well they could expect to live.
Note: Beginning in 2013 the Church started releasing essays addressing seldom talked about issues in the church.
Three of those essays concern polygamy: Mormon Think provides a link to each essay and a response to them.
The Church currently disavows any practice of polygamy; however, the eternal doctrine of plural marriage is still in place.
A man may be sealed to multiple wives, allowing him to have what amounts to a polygamous family in the Celestial Kingdom.