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I read with interest your cover article by Huan Hsu about single adults in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints (“The Church of Latter-day Singles,” 7/29).
It was interesting to get her perspective on this subject, but Janna Taylor should move to my ward! I am a single woman, age 28, in the Durham III ward in Chapel Hill, N.C., and have never enjoyed church more than now, at my age, in my ward. While there is certainly a lot of dating that goes on, I have never heard my ward called a meat market or a fashion show. The emphasis here is on learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ, whatever your situation or age. Many of my female friends in the ward are older than I, love being LDS and single, and feel little pressure to get married just for the sake of getting married. We know that if it is God’s will, we will find someone. And if not, life still has so much to offer, and there is so much good to do, that there is no time to be bitter. I was disappointed that Taylor seemed to paint such a bleak picture of LDS single life when there could be so much more said.
However, thank you for your otherwise well-informed and thoughtful article about an often misunderstood section of the American people.
Chapel Hill, N.C.