Singles

July 18, 2024 02:53 PM MDT
In areas with many young single adults, leaders may consider recommending adjustments in units, such as a ward for members ages 18 to 25 and a separate ward for those ages 26 to 35.
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June 07, 2024 11:54 AM MDT
Author Rebecca Connolly hasn’t found her own love story yet, but here’s how she remains a believer in “the hope of the happily ever after.”
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March 28, 2024 03:05 PM MDT
Erica Glenn conducts more than music. She uses her testimony to promote peace and harmony in diversity—in choirs, the global Church, and beyond.
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November 21, 2023 12:14 PM MST
“I promise these blessings and express my love for you,” President Nelson said at the end of a video shared as part of Sunday's devotional.
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November 02, 2023 03:53 PM MDT
Young adults and a YSA stake president weigh in to help you have more positive, joyful interactions with your young adults this holiday season.
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March 08, 2023 02:42 PM MST
For International Women’s Day, Sister Kristin M. Yee, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, shared a sweet new video message on her social media platforms.
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December 01, 2022 12:19 PM MST
A new official Church notice reads, “Except for stake presidents and bishops, all married members called to YSA positions should be considered for release.”
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November 06, 2022 02:35 PM MST
By shifting the focus of young single adult wards from finding a spouse to finding Jesus Christ, members can more fully enjoy life now.
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November 02, 2022 01:45 PM MDT
Courses are taught by experts in their fields and range from how to improve your scripture study to overcoming doubts to talking to your kids about tough topics like pornography.
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October 10, 2022 11:29 AM MDT
Choosing a college can be extra challenging for Latter-day Saints, thanks to some unique factors Church members need to consider.
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September 26, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
There are a lot of things to experience and choices to make, but there is really only one thing on my bucket list I want to be sure I can say I’ve done.
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June 23, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
We’d be willing to bet your next linger longer that most Latter-day Saints who go to YSA wards today have no idea how they came to be. Here’s a look at how they’ve evolved over the years.
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May 20, 2022 10:51 AM MDT
I loved the thought Elder Gong was sharing but couldn’t help myself from sneaking glances at the sister sitting near me.
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April 15, 2022 10:42 AM MDT
As a tried-and-true veteran of the YSA scene, I have some things you need to know.
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February 09, 2022 04:31 PM MST
“I would like someday to have something to show my kids and [say], ‘This is what I did ... when things were not playing out the way that I expected, but I tried to make the most of it.”
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December 10, 2021 09:00 AM MST
Some people who will be alone for the holidays are just hoping to endure. But there are some ways to manage this experience and find joy.
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December 08, 2021 01:38 PM MST
Young single adults in Tonga will have a congregation of their own where they can meet with other Latter-day Saints in a similar stage of life.
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November 27, 2020 12:00 PM MST
Editor's Note: The views, information, or opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author. Readers should consider each unique situation. This content is not meant to be a substitute for individual, professional advice.
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November 06, 2020 06:33 PM MST
On Sunday, November 1, six members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their wives participated in broadcast devotionals in the United States and Canada.
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April 13, 2020 04:42 PM MDT
Elder Robert C. Gay of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Lynette Gay, will be the speakers at the second worldwide devotional for young adults in 2020. The broadcast will be on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
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March 11, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Camille Fronk Olson is a professor emeritus of ancient scripture and former department chair at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Her research and publications have focused on women in the Bible and Palestinian families. She loves to travel, garden, and research stories about her ancestors. She scored when she married Paul Olson, a decision that included the blessing of two children and four grandchildren.
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February 14, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Three Latter-day Saint therapists recently shared with us their thoughts about how to approach dating in an age that is increasingly virtual.
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By  Zack Oates
July 06, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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June 11, 2019 07:37 PM MDT
The first year Dr. Robert Ferrell spoke at BYU Education Week, he was surprised to find his classroom was packed.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
April 12, 2019 07:28 PM MDT
From dating to ward activities, there are a variety of awkward opportunities that arise when you put a group of young single adults together! As LDS Living Facebook follower Kirie Close says about the most awkward experience in the YSA ward, "Ummm . . . my entire time as a ward member in it. But it was fun!" Here are a few more of our favorite Facebook comments from LDS Living readers who responded to our question: "What was your most awkward experience in the YSA ward?"
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March 05, 2019 08:27 PM MST
When prophets encourage us to perform temple ordinances for our ancestors, this includes all the necessary ordinances of salvation. However, some young single adults might avoid sealings, thinking they are relevant only to those who are married. But that’s not true! There are blessings unique to the sealing ordinance that can help us right now if we will participate.
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By  LDS Living
March 05, 2019 02:14 PM MST
Over the past century, Erma Rosenhan has prepared more than 400,000 of her German ancestors' names, according to the Deseret News. About this remarkable woman, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently wrote on Instagram, "She served as a missionary in Germany and volunteered in the Family History Library for 40 years. Her life has been full of meaningful service."
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March 02, 2019 01:57 PM MST
Typically you don’t think of the scriptures as a “how-to” manual when it comes to being single. But some of the best advice I’ve heard about being single and dating comes from the Doctrine and Covenants.
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Fun
February 18, 2019 12:00 PM MST
Don't do it. I know you want to. I know you want to pick up that jagged rock and just chuck it through their window. After all, they broke your heart. Worse, they threw it to the ground, danced on it, and then kicked it aside. But you don’t have to resort to criminal activity. There are better ways to get over your broken heart.
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February 14, 2019 04:03 PM MST
Being single in a family-centered church can be extremely lonely at times.
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February 11, 2019 10:06 PM MST
According to The Family: A Proclamation to the World, “Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” And yet, hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saints now find themselves in a predicament few of them imagined: never married or divorced after what they expected would be an eternal marriage.
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February 09, 2019 01:15 PM MST
The following has been republished from alittlepencil.com.
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February 01, 2019 04:00 PM MST
For daily gospel-based relationship insights, join Jonathan’s Facebook group. To submit a question for Jonathan, click here.
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January 14, 2019 04:42 PM MST
“My original question had been, ‘Am I doing something wrong?’" Sister Oaks said about her experience as a single adult. "I learned that is the wrong question. I should be asking, ‘What more can I do that is right?’ You have that capacity.”
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January 05, 2019 04:00 PM MST
I remember feeling many times that I was just marking time, waiting for my life to happen.
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December 31, 2018 10:00 PM MST
I recently went through a pretty significant breakup. Significant because over the course of the relationship, there were several times when I believed this was it—this was the guy, and I was done looking. I am not going to get into the details of our breakup, but I will say it ended mutually and kindly and with plenty of sadness on both of our parts.
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December 28, 2018 10:29 PM MST
I’m just going to say it: Married people should wear wedding rings. Hear me out.
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Fun
December 15, 2018 03:00 PM MST
I was teaching a courtship and marriage Institute class for young single adults when I first read The Family: A Proclamation to the World (hereafter referred to as the Proclamation). In 602 words, 15 prophets, seers, and revelators gave us the Lord’s priorities for achieving successful, happy relationships. After studying this inspired proclamation, I felt it was perfect to use with my students. I explained to them that this proclamation was a revelation from God and therefore doctrine for the Church. It was a guide for them to make a proper choice in a marriage partner in order to achieve a successful and happy marriage.
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December 12, 2018 05:00 AM MST
This is an excerpt from the book Refuge and Reality: The Blessings of the Temple by John H. Groberg.
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December 01, 2018 03:00 PM MST
What powerful advice: I often have single friends that turn to me for counsel and guidance. And the most common advice I give? “Square yourself with Jesus. You so desperately want a relationship and marriage that you fail to realize what you need is Christ.”
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November 08, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Singles occupy a unique place in the Church. At least one-third of the adult Church membership is single. As President James E. Faust has pointed out, we were all single before we were married, and many, due to divorce or death of a spouse, will once again be single. The promise of an eternal family is nonetheless available to all who are worthy.
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By  LDS Living
October 23, 2018 11:45 AM MDT
Dating takes work. Marriage takes work. Being a good spouse takes work. And no one is perfect. But sadly, there's a misconception that the perfect spouse or perfect marriage is just out there, waiting. But the truth is, you have to work at being a good spouse and you have to work to create a perfect marriage.
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September 01, 2018 02:44 PM MDT
As a single sister in the Church, I’ve gone on my fair share of dates (more than I can remember in my 10 years of dating). Going out with someone who has a problem with pornography was never my goal in life. In fact, I had tried to avoid it at all costs. But as I got older, I realized that finding someone who had never been mixed up in pornography was going to be trickier than I thought.
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August 10, 2018 12:37 PM MDT
As a friend of Sister Oaks noted: "Nursery children do not look to see if you have a ring on your finger as you wipe away their tears. It doesn’t take a wedding license to feed hungry Scouts or missionaries or shut-ins. Nowhere on the tithing slip do you indicate marital status as you contribute to the Church’s humanitarian service or Perpetual Education Fund. And they don’t have two doors at the temple — one for couples and one for singles. We are a Church that needs faithful workers. I’ve been blessed because I had priesthood leaders who knew this."
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July 27, 2018 01:05 PM MDT
As a professional matchmaker, I have been privileged to hear thousands of heartbreaking, beautiful, and amazing dating stories from singles in the 31–45 age range, otherwise known as mid-singles. Some are divorced, others widowed, and many have not yet been married.
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July 12, 2018 02:12 PM MDT
A little while ago I went on a date with a new guy. He was very nice and polite, active in Church, good-looking, and seemed to have a stable job.
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June 23, 2018 12:22 PM MDT
It's been said that the most dangerous thing is to have no dream at all. But how does one come up with the right kind of dream? It’s a good question, one that I had when I was preparing for college. My dad helped me answer it. He taught me that your guess about a dream career should take into account what you think about when you’re not required to think about anything.
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April 25, 2018 05:08 PM MDT
“We all have crosses we’re carrying,” former YSA Bishop Richard Ostler said. “To understand someone’s cross, we’ve kind of got to go there with them, listen to their story, and then we’re fully able to mourn with them or comfort them or walk with them.”
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Fun
By  LDS Living
April 16, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
Whether your guest speaker backs out or you simply run out of time to plan anything elaborate, if you find yourself fumbling for something fun and productive to do for Mutual or a YSA ward activity, check out these fast and fun activities.
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April 03, 2018 08:55 AM MDT
I often hear that single people want to be married and married people want to be single. Life seems so much easier on the other side of the fence. We often only see the other sides’ finished product or the public appearance, not what really goes on behind the scenes.
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March 24, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
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.
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