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On Sundays, Brown attended multiple church congregations called "Young Single Adult Wards" that aim to help Mormons ages 18 and up socialize and, ideally, get married. I was booking red-eyes just to attend church somewhere and meet new people.
Some weekends, I would go to three, four, or if I was really ambitious, five wards in one Sunday," Brown said. So much of church revolves around dating."Inside these chapels, marital concerns and sexual frustration (Mormon doctrine prohibits premarital sex, regarding it as "second only to murder in its seriousness") figure prominently into the service.
After a semester, Sewell returned home to Arizona, where she prayed for help finding a husband.
Mormons today face longer tenures in singledom and a skewed gender ratio.
There are 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men, according to one study, creating a statistical dilemma that complicates church leadership's bold project to ensure all youth attain a temple marriage.
In total, 51% of Mormon women over age 18 are single, according to internal statistics cited in a church public relations video, which leaked on the website "Mormon Leaks." For these women, the dream of previous generations -- 87% of married Mormons have a Mormon spouse -- may not be statistically attainable.
On weekends, he created elaborate dating strategies for new cities, filling his calendar with singles events he heard about through the social media grapevine.
When she enrolled in Brigham Young University, Mormonism's flagship school, Sewell expected to get married right away.
Upon returning from her Mormon mission in New Hampshire, Sewell felt unable to break into the "competitive" dating pool at BYU, where appearance is paramount.
They even created a church building in Arlington, Virginia exclusively for singles, a first for the faith.
Today, the singles community in the DC metro area comprises its own "stake," the Mormon term for a group of congregations, similar to a diocese. Janzen is the stake president of this singles community.