The August 2008 Ensign contains further proof that the magazine is trying to include more articles for young single adults. This issue contains a sort of mini-package of articles for unmarried Church members who are between 18 and 30.
“Single and Steadfast: Lessons in Hope” was written by Sisters Christine S. Packard and Wendy Ulrich, mental health counselors who frequently work with (and are parents of) young single adults. They offer suggestions for “finding satisfaction, meaning, and happiness in life” by confronting a sense of loss and then learning “to live more peacefully with ‘what is,’ neither ignoring nor overemphasizing the future.” They discuss the following points:
- Acknowledging pain—without dwelling on it
- Redefining success
- Shaping a flexible support network
- Developing coping skills for adult life
- Seeing what we might gain
At the end of the article the Ensign asks singles to share their experiences on a variety of issues related to single life in the Church, showing that they plan to include even more articles for young single adults in the future.
“Finding Comfort in King Benjamin’s Counsel,” by Amanda LeSueur, is a nice story about how one young woman comforted her roommates by sharing counsel from the scriptures.
And “Making the Most of Our Single Years,” by Russell Stevenson, offers five principles that can help make dating a more rewarding process.
As young single adults are represented more in the Ensign, they may become more engaged by it and share more of their own stories. Over time, the face of the Ensign may change somewhat as a result. I suppose that could be a good thing.