The weather is warming up and the invitations are increasing.
In Europe, the Scandinavian countries have been the first to start this leading trend, although many countries have since followed.
During the past decades, in Western countries, there has been an increase in unmarried couples cohabiting.
Marriage can be one of God’s greatest earthly blessings.
But statistics and the Bible both indicate that living together before marriage decreases the quality and longevity of marriage.
Census Bureau, 5.2 million unmarried couples—one out of ten—live together.
She states that, “Owning three toothbrushes and ﬁnding that they are always at the wrong house when you are getting ready to go to bed wears on you . Pam Smock, a sociologist at The University of Michigan who has done extensive research on the patterns of cohabiters, observes that, “The sequence, as many young people see it today, is that you move in and then you get married.” Although living together before marriage is now commonplace, the gravitational pull toward domestication shouldn’t be read as a relationship panacea.
It's important for all Latter-day Saints in a relationship, whether you are just dating or engaged or already married, to sit down and have crucial conversations to help avoid struggles in the future.
A recent article posted by the New York Times prompted the Mormon Channel to create a podcast listing 10 questions all Mormons should ask before marriage.
To "cohabit", in a broad sense, means to "coexist".
Today, cohabitation is a common pattern among people in the Western world.
Secular studies (meaning those without a “Christian bias”) consistently show several things.