Like Suha, I have also been married almost 28 years and have done pretty much everything myself for so, so long. You would think surrounded by kids and being off every day would not be lonely but never having anyone to share your kids achievements with in person is hard. As for having children, expect to be a single parent. You should certainly still date even if you are not looking for a marriage partner. But it is the path we have to go through to get to that point that really scares me. They get hazed, they get questioned all the time, they don't get sleep, they have people's lives in their hands and have to struggle to be confident in what they know, but not too egotistical to kill someone Give him the benefit of the doubt and some space.
You know what the official line of the church is, and what bishops and stake presidents are likely to say. To them, everyone is either TBM, hasn't learned the truth yet, or has some kind of personal failing laziness, desire to sin, allowed themself to be deceived by satan, etc. When my nephews started looking at porn on computers everybody blamed me when it wasn't me. The Mormon youth must not date before Aside from that, the Church also discourages them from getting into a serious relationship before they consider getting married. I am active in church, I take my kids regularly, and I have callings. All those are reasons to give the church some elbow room but they are not reasons for actually staying. It is not something that should be taken lightly. This is wonderful and in accordance with the desires of a loving Father in Heaven, but it can turn a marriage on its ear, if the spouse is unprepared.
From her summary, he just did not understand her dilemma at all. To prevent problems from developing in the marriage over in what faith the possible children should be raised. This can also be the basis for forming important friendships, and learning proper skills for social interaction. Racial differences can be very trivialвthey really didn't come up much for my parents, for exampleвand are basically false differences.
Thank you, Liz, for your very kind words and encouragement. Not every LDS person does, unfortunately. It's a foolish dream I suppose. I am so grateful to have had the ability to instill in them that family comes first.