Mormon and dating
Let her know that you recognize that she is “of age” to make her own decisions for life and that she is responsible to embrace the life-long consequences of her actions.
Then, explain that because you love her, you feel a responsibility as her parents to share the concerns you have over this relationship, but this in no way reflects a desire to “run” or “control” her life.
How would marrying someone who has a different view of “God” affect your ability to worship and serve the true God?
How would it affect your ability to teach your children about God?
If she has been meeting with Mormon missionaries very long, she may be impressed with Mormonism’s youth and family activities and its emphasis on “marriage for time and eternity” in heaven.
What makes these situations more difficult than others is the emotional element that physical attraction and teenage/young adult insecurity plays into the equation.Let her know that your hope is that this meeting would be a time for honest communication, where you and she can discuss the implications of her choices in an atmosphere of mutual respect.If she agrees to this meeting, you are well on your way to being able to have a heart-to-heart discussion with her. ESTABLISH COMMON GROUND AND ADDRESS HER OBJECTIONS.When parents see their children heading in a direction that could have devastating affects, it is easy for the protective parental instinct to engage with a desire to “rescue” the child—regardless of whether the child is of age and capable of making life-choices.A young adult approached with an authoritative parental attitude, may react with defiant rejection of all parental input (common in strong-willed children) or resentful compliance in which your daughter may give lip-service to your desires, without heart commitment.
Neither response yields the desired affect that would bring a child to maturity in her decision making capacity.