Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa (who also happens to be ex-LDS) considers it an unexpected byproduct of the growing importance of the mission in the life of Mormon men; faced with the choice to serve or not (at a young age when they may not be fully ready to commit), many have chosen to leave.
The more pressure to serve, the more they feel obligated to leave altogether if they don’t meet this requirement (rather than remain and lose status in the community).
Highlights of the article: In short, it’s a buyer’s market in which men are the buyers and women are the commodities.
So, in a church so obviously geared toward men, why are so many of them leaving?
It also teaches that sexual relations within the framework of opposite-sex marriage is healthy, necessary, and ordained of God.
In contrast with some orthodox Christian movements, sexuality in Mormon theology is neither a product of original sin nor a "necessary evil".
The article is partly a book review of Date-onomics, a book that breaks down dating trends by demographics.
The church teaches that gender is defined in the premortal existence, and that part of the purpose of mortal life is for men and women to be sealed together, forming bonds that allow them to progress eternally together in the afterlife.
By close, I mean we confide in each other, and occasionally make out. I respect this girl too much to push her towards the same level of intimacy that I have had with other girls. I respect you, and I want to respect your standards.
Because of this respect, I don’t know where to put myself when in these intimate moments.
Actually, I put some thought into this, and I believe President Kimball’s point was that pretzels are a trifling snack attributing no emotional significance.
For example, suppose I had this bag of pretzels, which is nearly as endless as my capacity to kiss.
LDS Church doctrine bars sexual behavior outside of heterosexual marriage, and sexual transgressions are considered second only to murder in seriousness.