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LDS Church officials explain student ward disbandment

April 17, 2011
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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are making some organizational changes in an effort to better care for young single members of the Church.

In some areas of the world, particularly in the western United States, there are specific congregations, or wards, for single Mormons ages 18 to 30. Until now, some of these were student wards connected to a university, while other wards for the same age-group covered a specific geographic area, giving each young adult multiple options for attending worship services.

Now, the Church’s First Presidency has simplified things by organizing all wards for young single adults by location. These wards will not distinguish between students and nonstudents but will be open to all singles age 18 to 30 in a specific geographic area. If desired, young adults can also choose to attend conventional wards.

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Comments 8 comments

catherineheiby said...

12:34 PM
on Apr 18, 2011

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If there is any possibility of any element of truth in anything these disgruntled black athletes are saying publicly about a double-standard at LDS BYU athletes, white members or otherwise, and non-member black athletes then shouldn't this be looked into instead automatically up-holding the system? If BYU standards are to be held up to the world for an example to the world to emulate then BYU and LDS standards must be standards worth emulating. I do not think there is anything wrong in allowing ourselves, our religion, our temples, our universities and anything else and everything else LDS to be scrutinized openly and publicly, even with a microscope if necessary. This is my opinion.

snappypeas said...

12:40 PM
on Apr 18, 2011

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What bothers me also is that even in the comments here, if anyone disagrees with Mr. Beck they are taunted, shamed and belittled. Just because he is LDS doesn't mean he is right. It also doesn't mean he is wrong. Just because he is LDS doesn't mean I have to agree with his statements. Personally, I think he'd change more of the minds he was seeking to change if he didn't rip off the heads of those who disagree with him.

kingsfold said...

09:20 PM
on Apr 18, 2011

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I'm a little lost. What do either of these comments have to do with this story?

ckcarnes said...

06:54 AM
on Apr 25, 2011

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Snappypeas and catherineheiby are obviously out in left field commenting on whatever their minds are pleased to comment on. Neither comment has anything to do with the subject. So far as the subject is concerned, the change is good in that young people regardless of whether they are college students will feel more comfortable attending a ward that bases its validity on location and age as opposed to college connection.

tuxedogal said...

02:02 PM
on Apr 25, 2011

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I wish the church would also establish wards for the mid-singles age group and the single adult age group. Being a mid-single myself, it's tough to really feel comfortable in a family ward when they don't know what to do with you. And it feels extremely weird to get asked out at Single Adult activities by men that are older than my own father. There needs to be some separation and thought on the age groups.

klh said...

01:39 PM
on Apr 27, 2011

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I have to agree with tuxedogal. Although I'm not in that age group, my mom is. She feels awkward going to even the Single Adult functions and feels like they don't want her there. Even if there were activities specifically geared towards the older ones (maybe 50+ in her case) that would be helpful.

asphaltman said...

07:52 PM
on Apr 28, 2011

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The church needs a 26-36 ward. Being 32 I am now out, with nowhere to go but a family ward; according to the meeting on Tue.. I dont want to do that, nor try to go to 1 of only 3 31-45 wards. I want to date a little younger not older. 26-36 is a perfect tranisition ward.

german_lds_member said...

06:20 AM
on Aug 18, 2011

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As you can see by my nick I'm living in Germany. We usually don't really have single wards here. If we have one we will only meet quarterly. So it's more or less a special ward meeting for single members. So as a single member (and we have more here in Germany than you would find in the U.S.) you remain in your family ward. I'm a relatively new convert, over 30 years old and a single myself. But I never felt unwelcomed in my family ward. I also had never the impression that they wouldn't know what to do with me. I know members that either never married and dies at a high age or married first in their fifties. Sure, that's not the "normal" way being an LDS. But at least in my ward I never feel being pushed into dating or marriage in any way.
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