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Married members serving in YSA wards should be considered for release, new notice states

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An emphasis on young single adults serving in all YSA callings except stake president and bishop is one of the several newly adjusted guidelines cited in a notice titled “Strengthening Young Single Adults.”

Other adjustments include the purpose for and participation in stake YSA committees and “gathering places.”

The directives are highlighted in the Nov. 30, 2022, notice from the Priesthood and Family Department to the Church’s general authorities and officers, Area Seventies, mission presidents, stake and district presidencies, stake and ward Relief Society presidencies, bishoprics, and elders quorum presidencies.

The notice acknowledges instruction from President Russell M. Nelson in his May 2022 worldwide broadcast to young adults.

“As the Lord’s Prophet, I bless you to know the truth about who you are and to treasure the truth and what your glorious potential really is. I bless you to take charge of your own testimony. And I bless you to have the desire and strength to keep your covenants,” he said.

“As you do, I promise that you will experience spiritual growth, freedom from fear, and confidence that you can scarcely imagine now. You will have a positive influence far beyond your natural capacity.”

To help young single adults realize these blessings, the notice said, new guidelines have been approved and should be implemented immediately (see General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, chapter 14, “Single Members”).

You can read more about these new adjustments, emphasis on callings, new YSA committee, and YSA gathering place recommendations on Church News.

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