Jeff & Cathy discuss the challenges and blessings of mid-single life. As highlighted in our most recent General Conference, single adults have now become the majority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

During our mid-single years, we each felt like a minority in our church – many mid-singles feel like they don’t fit in. Little did we know that we were all in a class that was becoming and now IS the majority of our adult members! President Ballard and Elder Gong both cited in their talks at General Conference in April 2021, that more than 50% of our adult members are either-divorced, widowed or not yet married. 

President Nixon talked about “The Great Silent Majority” of Americans, the same applies to mid-singles. Why are we silent? 1. Because we are busy and have a lot on our minds and on our plates 2. We may not feel comfortable speaking up 3. We just plain aren’t there because some of us become less active. Why? We are dealing with painful emotions. We don’t like being talked about. Divorced men tend to get treated with suspicion and women tend to get pitied. Transitioning to celibacy from marriage is hard. We may feel less relevant in a family oriented church as we adjust to less traditional family units. 

We have compassion for all of those concerns it is worth living a covenant life despite all the challenges associated with it. 5 good reasons to stay on the covenant path and to start speaking up:

  1. There are more of us than we thought and there is strength in numbers.
  2. There are more opportunities to date within the Church than ever before.
  3. The eternal blessings of being sealed in the temple are just as real now as in our twenties.
  4. There is power and strength in our covenants to withstand the turmoil in these last days. Standing in holy places gives us support while we are without a spouse.
  5. We can give our much needed perspective and compassion as people who have experienced loss and grief in ways that no one else can.

Our Church and communities need your voice! You are the great silent majority. It’s time to not be silent anymore. Allow your voices to bless and build the Kingdom of God. 

LILY Pod Episode 1: The Silent Majority

This Easter weekend, M. Russell Ballard's talk "Hope in Christ" during conference was an unexpected breath of fresh air for mid-singles. It was mesmerizing and motivated us to continue our efforts to create and provide more resources for our single members. So many have felt a lack of belonging and the perception has been that they are a minority and yet it's not true! Here is a short summary of Elder Ballard's talk:
More than half of our adult members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today are widowed, divorced or not yet married. Some wonder about their place in God’s plan and in the church.
The hope of all who are single is the same as for all members of the Lord’s restored Church — access to the grace of Christ.
Heavenly Father loves single members of the Church, and the Church needs their voices, talents, skills, goodness and righteousness.
Amen!!! Come join "Love In Later Years" on Instagram and Facebook. We have a great growing group of Saints who love and support each other. We welcome you to participate and offer your own voice and words of wisdom!

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