Amish young people can choose whoever they want for their mate, but if they want to remain Amish themselves, they need to marry within the faith (or date someone who has intentions of joining the faith).Very rarely, a non-Amish person might join the Amish church to be able to marry an Amish person.
So, growing up in the outside culture would make it a lot easier for you to say, “Good-bye” and walk away.
It is not as easy as that when you are brought up in the Amish way of life.
The woman was married to someone who grew up Amish.
They had met and fallen in love with one another when they were both working in a hospital — he was working as an orderly during his years of volunteer service during the Vietnam War, when he claimed conscientious objector status — and she was a nurse.
There is no PA Dutch word for “dating,” but the Amish use the English word when they need it.
The Amish consider romantic relationships to be private, so courtship is practiced secretly, while parents look the other way until the couple comes to ask their permission for marriage.
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From what I understand, he had a fairly easy time of integrating into the community, most likely because he had Amish in his heritage — even his name is Amish-sounding.
If I can get a sense of how he is presently doing, I will post it later.
This is so very typical of the way individuals are kept in line in the Amish community.