Members Marrying Non-members
I was wondering if the LDS church recognizes a marriage if one of the married members is not of the church?
The answer to the question is a simple, no.
This may seem like a radical hard line to those who are unfamiliar with our doctrine. However by examining marriage and its purpose it all becomes clear.
While still in their perfect form Adam and Eve were put together and instructed to have children.
"And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
So God has instructed that married people are to have children. He has given this as an original purpose.
Today we live at a time when almost no one knows what marriage is actually about. I was brought up in Protestantism with the understanding that getting married was just the way you did things.
Even atheists occassionally decide it seems a good idea eventually.
To the Catholic / Protestant marriage is a sex license allowing them to be alright with God.
But what is the purpose of marriage?
To have children and raise them in a guaranteed environment with a set of balanced parents. No homosexual marriages or divorce.
We believe that people are put together, through marriage, and stay that way for all eternity. Only some church members understand this family of eternity and the idea that couples are to spend eternity having children. This service requires great love. Non-members aren't creating that deep a relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Even very few members are.
Yet to create such a relationship requires a united direction. Therefore those people with that vision in their hearts need to marry each other.