As I talk with single Mormons around the nation I often hear disappointment and sometimes despair about their dating and marriage prospects. In a church that is so heavily focused on the family, a single member can often feel out of place and not understood. I know because I’ve felt this way.
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On Sunday, January 10, you’re invited to watch the very first 2016 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. It will feature President Russell M. Nelson speaking on how to thrive as a millennial in our ever-changing world.
Indeed it would seem that the sole purpose of living and breathing in a singles’ ward is to catch the attention of some other living, breathing person with whom you could spend your eternity. The singles' ward apparently exists just to get us married off. Or is it something more?
Jon Birger, writing in Time magazine, decided to look at Mormons and Orthodox Jews to see if these two very religious cultures that emphasize marriage, were troubled by the same dating crisis that afflicts the rest of the nation.
I’ve longed for this relationship since childhood, searched for it all through adulthood, studied the great loves of literature, the insipid loves of cinema, watched my siblings marry and my friends tie their knots. Even with all that exposure and insight, some aspects of real life and real love have been a surprise to me.
I am engaged to a man 12 years older than me who is sensitive, caring, and hard working. We both have kids already, but his teens are a nightmare. They are being raised in a different home with different values. I need to have stability for my son and me and I don't know if that's possible in this situation.