Wanna read something sad?
Then this is the post for you. I found out today that as of the 2010 census, only 48% of US households are headed up by a married couple. Less than half.
My EC and I now belong to a new minority. And within that minority, we belong to an even smaller minority: Happily married households - but I didn't find any statistics on that - although I'm sure it must be small.
Happy for me. Sad for society. Apparently this has been coming for some time. The downward trend has been accelerated from three pressures:
1) Young people postponing marriage.
2) People choosing to live together without getting married.
3) Single-parent families - especially single-mothers.
Perhaps the saddest thing I read was that 39% of Americans now feel that marriage is obsolete. Obsolete? 8 tracks are obsolete. Pagers are obsolete. Even Oprah is now obsolete. But marriage? Heavy, labored sigh.
So, tonight, if you are one of the new minority, and don't feel you spouse is obsolete, give your better-half an extra smooch.
Maybe two. We are proud to share our newly acquired minority status with you. The more the merrier. (I refuse to make the obvious pun)
I know many of you wish to be part of this minority, but have not had the opportunity. This next part is obviously not for you.
But, if you fall into one of the three groups listed above, please look to the words of our prophets. They are on top of this.
And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbideth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man. (D&C 42:15)
President Monson on postponing marriage
Elder Oaks on divorce
Elder Nelson on Making a happier marriage
President Eyrng on families and society
And the article that got me started on this... http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=13710895