• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Dating and the Eternal Perspective

No, this has nothing to do with eternal dating. “Dating and the Eternal Perspective” is the latest in a string of Ensign articles for young single adults. This one contrasts the world’s ways with the Lord’s ways when it comes to attitudes and behaviors related to dating, courtship, and marriage. It contains a remarkable number of quotes from General Authorities on these subjects, as well as personal stories from young adults who have had a variety of experiences in the dating arena. Here’s a statement I find to be true: “Humility will help us accept the Lord’s timetable when the opportunity for marriage comes sooner, as well as later, than anticipated.” (For me, it was sooner.) This article has much to recommend it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s being recommended by many singles ward bishops right now.

4 Responses

  1. Has the Ensign run articles specifically for young single adults before? Or have they been reading the New Era? I know many adults who say that the New Era has a flavor of writing they miss in the Ensign.

  2. John:
    Yes, the Ensign has been printing articles specifically for young single adults. Just in the last year there was a story on finances and a message from Elder Sorensen last September, one by President Faust last August, a story from Africa last July, and a message from Elder TIngey last April.
    I’ve heard some the same comments about missing the conversational tone of the New Era, but lately the Ensign has shown that it would like to do more to appeal to young adults, so maybe that includes a change in the tone and length of articles.

  3. Don’t forget the reprinting of the Elder Oaks talk that was run in the last couple of years.

  4. Yes, Mark, let’s not forget that one.

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