When those are not around or when the circumstances or the spirit indicate otherwise then prayer is more than enough. I had to lobby and cry alot so I could bring my dog up, I am not sure how that will go because dogs have hair, need to go out, and the house might get messed up.
Masculine attributes attract healthy, beautiful women, no matter where they come from.
My wife is living proof that they CAN be worth it. Here are my thoughts as someone who grew up with a non-mormon father and as someone who married a non-mormon girl.