11 Things Every Mormon Should Know About the Older YSA Crowd

Being a 29-year-old single member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints these days is interesting. This stage of life is a whole different ball game from the younger single years, and I wanted to share some thoughts on what it's like.

Keep in mind that while I speak for all us (the older LDS YSA crowd) in this post, my opinions are mine alone, and not everyone will feel the same way. This list is to clear up a lot of misconceptions about our group. Yes, there will always be some who DO fit the stereotypes, but most of us don't.

So, without further ado, 11 things you should know about the older YSA crowd:

1. We do not all have dark holes of emptiness and misery in our souls because we are not married.

I admit it ... I was the girl whose plan was to go to college, find a husband, get a college degree and then live happily ever after as a stay-at-home mom.

When I was a freshman at Utah State University and first met my 21-year-old resident assistant roommate, I remember thinking, "Wait. But she's a senior in college ... and NOT MARRIED. How is that even possible?"

Yes, I eventually ate my words, and I quickly realized that 21 is basically still a baby in the world of adulthood. (This coming from the obviously older and wiser 29-year-old who clearly knows everything. Let's be honest, I'm still a baby.)

At some point, when our lives don't go as planned and we find ourselves all grown up with no spouse, it gets confusing. There's a moment of, "Wait a second. There's a big piece of my plan missing, and now I don't know what to do with myself." But guess what? With a little time, we usually figure it out.

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