Two year Mormon missions are big-time relationship killers.
Outside of Big Love, the occasional polygamy trial, and Mitt Romney, most of America is pretty in the dark about Mormonism. Well, one thing we know about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is that they often go to Brigham Young University (BYU) and they go on missions if they’re deemed pious enough. A Mormon mission is a trip to the near and far corners of the world to proselytize for 18 to 24 months.
Pretty sweet, right? Well this quote struck us as a little troubling, "money spent on a girl before your mission is money spent on another man's wife." So, the LDS struggles with LDRs just like everyone else. No one keeps an accurate stat for it but it’s estimated that around 80% of relationships do not survive a mission. One Bishop feels that it’s because preparing oneself for marriage two years hence makes it impossible to fully focus on the work at hand.
We’re pretty sure it’s because these are to kids in their teens and early 20s and they might not be together in 2 years any way. There’s gotta be a very similar pattern for young military personnel being deployed overseas. Out of sight, out of mind, and out on the town with someone else.