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“Justifiable divorces are rare. I know there are many who feel that they have been justified, and there may have been some who were justified. We are not talking to them or of them. We are talking of the great majority that could have been salvaged, could have been saved if we had tried and tried hard enough.”

- Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, pp. 314-315

“Marriage according to the law of the Church is the most holy and sacred ordinance. It will bring to the husband and wife, if they abide in their covenants, the fullness of exaltation in the Kingdom of God. When that covenant is broken, it will bring eternal misery to the guilty party, for we will all have to answer for our deeds done while in the flesh. It is an ordinance that cannot be trifled with, and the covenants made in the temple cannot be broken without dire punishment to the one who is guilty.”

- Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, v. 2, p. 84

“If men or women who are married by the eternal covenant should violate that covenant, they will, of course, have to pay the price, which is a dreadful one, for according to the word of the Lord, they will be turned over to the buffetings of Satan until the day of their redemption, if they do not lose the exaltation itself.”

- Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, p. 65

Religion and Divorce Rate

National Average (people who have been divorced) 25%

Non-denominational Protestant Churches 34%
Jewish 30%
Baptist 29%
Born-again Christians 27%
Mainline Protestant Churches 25%
Mormon 24%
Lutheran 21%
Catholic 21%
Agnostic 21%
Atheist 21%

- "Christians are more likely to experience divorce than are non-Christians," Barna Research Group, December 21, 1999