Moses 8:13-15 reads: “And Noah and his sons hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed, and they were called the sons of God. And when these men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, the sons of men saw that those daughters were fair, and they took them wives, even as they chose. And the Lord said unto Noah: The daughters of thy sons have sold themselves…”
This could have been written today. The daughters of the sons of God were fair? No kidding. Everywhere I’ve seen, the local LDS young women tend to be among the most beautiful, the most talented, and the most wonderful girls there. The sons of men wanted them? Of course they did. And still do. Who wouldn’t? Any guy in his right mind would want to be married to a Mormon girl. And those fair daughters sold themselves into marriage with the sons of men? I see it all the time.
I don’t know why so many Mormon girls marry non-Mormons, but I do know one thing: those guys may be perfectly fine, might even be really great guys, but when these poor girls become mothers and older women and see the priesthood and temple blessings they and their family are missing out on, and see the lack of unity their relationship has to deal with, it hurts them. I’ve never known an LDS woman who married outside the church and never regretted it.
So here’s what I wish to tell the young women of the church: don’t sell yourself short. Don’t settle for anything less than a temple marriage. And don’t be tempted by anyone outside of that goal who might want you for himself. There absolutely will be many, many boys and young men who will want to be with you, and many of them will be good guys. But they won’t be the right guys. Your eternal happiness is worth holding out for the very best man. It was true in Noah’s time, and it’s still true today.