On broken engagements

Jon shakily wrote down the thoughts and worries he had been fretting about for weeks. He drove to her house and handed her the letter, watching anxiously as she began to read. She only made it partway through before handing it back.

"OK, I don't want to read anymore," she said.

And with that, she took off the ring she'd been wearing for six weeks before and placed it in his hand.

"The day that I gave her the news," Jon said, "the feeling in the air was almost like that of a funeral."

It's well-known that Mormon young adults get engaged and married in larger numbers than their peers.

But not every engagement ends at the altar. Breakups, particularly when relationships are serious, can be difficult, confusing and painful experiences. But a failed engagement is not the end of the world, even though it might feel that way at the time. Like any hardship, it can be a valuable learning experience if seen in the right light.

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