A modern nonchalance toward marriage is worrying Thomas S. Monson, president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other Mormon leaders, who addressed the issue at the church's recent all-male General Conference.
"If you are a young man of appropriate age and are not married, don't waste time in idle pursuits," Apostle Richard G. Scott urged.
Marriage is a core Mormon teaching and temple marriage is a prerequisite for the highest Mormon heaven. In heavily Mormon Utah, the median age for first-time brides has jumped from 20 in 1970 to 22 in 2008, and from 22 to 24 for men.
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