“We recommend that people marry those who are of the same racial background generally, and of somewhat the same economic and social and educational background (some of those are not an absolute necessity, but preferred), and above all, the same religious background, without question” (“Marriage and Divorce,” in 1976 Devotional Speeches of the Year [Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1977], p. 144).
It’s racist (and classist) shit like this that makes me glad that our children are no longer being taught out of these carefully vetted and Church leadership-approved manuals. Quotes like this don’t make it in by accident.
It’s one thing to recommend that Church members take into account all the factors that may strain a marriage; it’s another thing altogether to highlight something like race and to recommend to against it. A quick survey via Google of studies on divorce shows that unrealistic expectations, marrying young, and communication problems are among the primary risk factors for divorce. I don’t see the Church telling its youth to put off marriage until they’re older.