February 28, 2011
Checklist for a Faithful Mormon Wife
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24
I’ve been asking (and answering) lots of questions recently in the process of getting to know a certain LDS young woman, and it’s wonderful to see that we’re both looking for the same qualities in a mate. I met Florina in Bucharest, Romania last fall during a speaking tour of Europe to promote LDS-Jewish relations. She came up to me afterwards to compliment me on my Romanian, I complimented her on her beauty, and we took a few pictures. I had to leave for Moldova the next day and didn’t have time to spend with her, but I thought of Florina often in the weeks and months that followed. It turns out that I somehow made a lasting impression on her as well (proof that miracles still happen), and we recently reconnected on Skype. If things continue to go as well as they have, I may be visiting Romania again later this year.
What does a religious Mormon look for in a prospective wife? Here is the mental checklist I reviewed during my first few conversations with Florina:
1) Missionary service. It’s not expected of women, but I’ve always thought of it as an added plus. In Florina’s case, she gets major bonus points. She converted to the LDS Church seven years ago at age 23, past the age (21) when most women leave on their missions. Nevertheless, she served a 6-week “mini” mission in Arad, Romania, then spent 18 months as a full-time missionary in Russia. As a result, she is trilingual (Romanian, English, Russian).
My podcast interview on LDS-Jewish relations is available on the LDS Church’s official radio station: http://feeds.lds.org/WhyIBelieve
Today the Mormon Times published an article by Trent Toone featuring two bloggers on LDS-Jewish relations
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, Dr. Armand Mauss, and Brett Holbrooke will conduct an LDS-Jewish dialogue at University Synagogue in Irvine, CA on Friday, March 11 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Stake Director of Public Affairs Larry Bagby and I will be making a presentation on LDS beliefs at Adat Elohim on March 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
I will be speaking at the San Antonio (TX) West Stake’s Education Weekend on April 15 and 16