We may think we know the singles in our ward—who they are, what makes them tick, what they want out of life, and how we can best meet their needs as members of our wards—but how often do we stop and ask our single friends and acquaintances to tell us in their own words what they’d like the rest of us to know about them?
As a single Latter-day Saint, church experiences are different from the “norm.” I took some time to talk with a dozen or so singles and former singles (particularly those who spent some real time being single past the age of 21) and invited them to tell the rest of us what they’d like us to know about their experience as singles in the Church.
Not surprisingly, I found the conversations eye-opening and enlightening, and some of the themes and opinions came up again and again. Read on to find out what LDS singles wish you knew.
1. No two singles are alike.
Generally speaking, we singles share in common the fact that we’re single and LDS. But beyond those two characteristics, we are each very much individuals with our own histories. Some singles have never married, some have married and divorced, and some are widowed. Some are college educated, and others are not. Some are lifetime members, and others are adult converts. Some have children, and others don’t. We have our own strengths and weaknesses, talents and interests, challenges and triumphs. We’re good at finding common ground with each other, but don’t assume that just because we’re single and LDS that we we think and act the same. We thrive on being valued as the individuals we truly are.
With wedding season in full bloom, we got to thinking: how much do Mormons spend on weddings? And how do we like to celebrate these special occasions?
Wedding buzz is certainly in the air (actually, mostly in my Facebook feed and on my refrigerator). But it got me thinking. What does the average Mormon spend on a wedding? Legend has it that Mormon weddings are a lot cheaper than the average spent on other weddings. Let’s be honest. We Mormons pride ourselves on our frugality. And what’s wrong with that? Our wedding days are often much cheaper for many LDS reasons: the temple is free, church buildings charge next to nothing for their cleaning fee, friends decorate the cultural hall free of charge—the list goes on.
(As a side note, the wedding industry will tell you that the average amount people spend on a wedding is between $27,000 and $29,000. But don’t be fooled. Last year, an article on Slate revealed that the average isn’t average at all. What we should be looking at is the median, which is guesstimated to be somewhere around $15,000.)
So how much do we Mormons spend on our weddings? How do we best like to celebrate weddings? Receptions? Luncheons? Brunches? How did you celebrate yours? Take our poll and tell us all about it in the comments!
With a million things to pack before your missionary leaves, don't forget these 20 essentials they must have before hitting the mission field!
Every new missionary needs a new set of scriptures before they leave on a mission. This quad includes the LDS edition of the King James Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. It contains all the scripture study aids found in the Bible and triple combination. Bound with a beautiful simulated leather cover, this book is sure to last the entire two years or 18-months.
Between acronyms and specially defined words for LDS use, sometimes trying to understand Latter-day Saints can take a turn for the hilarious. Check out this list of "Mormon Speak" terms, their mistaken translations, and what we really meant.
Sometimes it's easy for lifelong members to forget not everyone grew up a Latter-day Saint. All it takes is a new member, investigator, or non-LDS friend to remind us that sometimes, we're speaking a different language.
Get a chuckle out of these common LDS lingo misunderstandings--and then tell us some of your experiences with Mormon jargon in the comments.
What we say: “My brother just went to the MTC today.”
What others think: “The Empty Sea? Where’s that? Nevada?”
What we really mean: "The MTC" = Missionary Training Center, where young members who volunteer to proselyte go to learn. And they would all be thrilled to go to Empty Sea, Nevada, if the Lord called them there!
What we say: “Eight cows? No, no, she’s a ten-cow wife!”
What others think: “You rate your spouse on a scale of cows? Is that an old pioneer tradition or what?”
Do you bring snacks to sacrament meeting for your kids? Check out our list for the pros and cons of favorite church snacks.