Whether or not one leaves with a ring on the finger, a Mormon young single adult ward is definitely not eternal — thankfully. Even if someone stays in the same place and never moves, come 31 years of age, he or she is outta there. Although it's a temporary period, it can be, and should be, a time for growth.
When I moved into my current YSA ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints several years ago, the bishop said to jump in with both feet, hit the ground running and be involved in the ward. As I have followed that counsel, the following five things are what I have learned that have made my YSA ward experience more fun, bearable and meaningful.
1. Know why God wants you where he wants you