‘Mormon Land’: Is Dallin Oaks right? Why LDS couples should — or shouldn’t — marry ‘younger’ or ‘older.’

Marriage and sex therapist says multiple factors, including motivation, must be considered.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) A couple look at the Salt Lake Temple in 2019. Latter-day Saint therapist Jennifer Finlayson-Fife says members should weigh many factors when deciding not only whom but also when to marry.

Young Latter-day Saint couples are delaying marriage and having fewer children nowadays, according to recent statistics cited by Dallin H. Oaks, a top leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While acknowledging that the financial climate can be difficult for this generation, Oaks, first counselor in the faith’s governing First Presidency, nonetheless urged a global gathering of 18- to 30-year-old members to fight those trends.

“Marriage is central to the purpose of mortal life and what follows,” he said. “We are children of a loving Heavenly Father who created us with the capacity to follow his commandment to multiply and replenish the earth.”

(Courtesy) Latter-day Saint therapist Jennifer Finlayson Fife.

On this week’s show Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, a Latter-day Saint marriage and sex therapist and contributor to “In the Image of Our Heavenly Parents: A Couples Guide to Creating a More Divine Marriage,” discusses Oaks’ speech, the pluses and minuses of marrying “early” or “late,” what children bring to the mix, and how the faith can help members make wise marital choices.

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