Keeping marriage strong after a spouse leaves religion

by | May 13, 2011

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Two young people brought together by commonalities, religion at the top of the list, fall in love. With like minds and hearts they are ready to face life together. A marriage is born. Time moves forward. But sometimes along the way, one spouse changes his or her mind, leaves the religion or joins another while the other stays faithful. Is the marriage over? Or can the couple make it work despite this divergence?

"I thought my marriage was over. I didn't know how to move forward. Our whole marriage was based on religion, on being Mormon. I couldn't imagine a life where my husband didn't go to church," said one Utah woman (who prefers to remain anonymous) about her initial reaction to her husband's decision to break away from the LDS Church. "For me, everything shifted. I didn't know what to do," she added.

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