• 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

Mormon Singles, This Ensign’s for You

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.

Making Time to Be Holy

Ensign, June 2008If you were to make a list of the most bustling cities in the world, I imagine that Hong Kong would appear somewhere in the top 10 or 20. So not only does the cover article in this month’s Ensign go to Hong Kong to discuss rising above life’s stresses, but it is also based on interviews with members a demographic group that, arguably, has some of the highest stress levels: young single adults. In “Making Time to Be Holy,” these young people give some pretty good advice on how to maintain a sense of sacredness and spirituality in our lives. They really do have a lesson to teach us all about sacrifice and centering our lives on the Savior. As one of them says, “To become holy, we must sacrifice our will, our desires.” And another: “We would receive more blessings if we were more willing to obey.” Read the article, and see what you think about their solutions to stress.

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.