LDS Church members often marry young, and an arranged marriage is not a part of their mainstream theology. Instead, young members date several people before selecting a spouse. Generally speaking, most fundamentalist Mormons oppose arranged marriages because they believe it violates the members' right to free agency. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. In some cases, young LDS members are forced to marry an arranged spouse.
Arrangements are not part of mainstream LDS theology
In mainstream LDS theology, arrangements are not considered part of the doctrine of the one true church. Although marriage is considered an important prerequisite for salvation, it is not a prerequisite for membership in the church. However, members of the FLDS are required to participate in supervised group dates, maintain relationships within the faith, and postpone having sex until after marriage.
They are not legal
One of the biggest problems with arranged marriages is that they are often coerced and can result in unfair pressure on the bride and groom. They can also result in a breakdown of integration within the community. There are even instances where brides and grooms are physically or mentally abused. Fortunately, there is help available. The nonprofit organization Unchained provides free legal and social services to women who are victims of arranged marriages. It also works to educate the public on the dangers of arranged marriages, and advocates for legislation to protect women.
Arranged marriages are legal, but they are not acceptable in some countries. Many cultures still practice them. The Department of State recognizes this and draws a clear line between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage. Arranged marriages are usually initiated by the families of both bride and groom. The bride and groom must agree to the arrangement. In many cultures, arranged marriages have been practiced for generations.
They are supervised by an imam
In Islamic LDs, arranged marriages are performed under the supervision of an imam. They are considered valid as long as both parties have given their consent. The process can be difficult for some young women who were raised in different faiths. However, it can also be an easy and simple process for others.
LDs are not compulsory and are often done on the advice of parents or guardians. Typically, parents and guardians introduce suitable partners to their children when it is time for marriage. These marriages usually involve long-term relationships between two families, a long-term friend, or a family member. Some children are aware that their parents have prearranged their marriage but are not aware that they were compelled to marry.