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Sacramento Bee: LDS Church wants young men to be like Jimmer

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 11:09 a.m. MDT

SACRAMENTO — The recently announced marriage plans of Sacramento Kings draft pick Jimmer Fredette provided the perfect jumping off point for the Sacramento Bee to look at how young Latter-day Saints are waiting longer to get married.

"Last weekend, Sacramento King draft pick and former Brigham Young University basketball star Jimmer Fredette announced his engagement via Twitter. At 22, he is following the traditional path for Mormons and is marrying young," reporter Jennifer Garza wrote. "Church leaders want other Mormon men to follow his lead and not that of the nation as a whole. Last week the U.S. Census Bureau released figures indicating marriage is at an all-time low and people are waiting longer to tie the knot."

The story refers to LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson's April 2011 General Conference address in which he told priesthood holders of marriageable age that "there is a point at which it's time to think seriously about marriage and to seek a companion with whom you want to spend eternity," adding that "if you choose wisely and are committed to the success of your marriage, there is nothing in this life which will bring you greater happiness."

Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles would also be among the "church leaders who are reminding men of their religious obligations" referred to in the news article as a result of his counsel during the most recent General Conference: "If you are a young man of appropriate age and are not married, don't waste time in idle pursuits. Get on with life and focus on getting married. Don't just coast through this period of life."

Garza spoke to several members of a Sacramento-area LDS singles ward, who talked about the advantages of attending a ward where they can serve in the church, make friends and meet and date people with similar beliefs.

"I don't think I've put (off marriage), I just haven't found the right person," said one young man who is about to begin graduate school. "Marriage is something I'm aware of, but I'm not ready."

Similarly, a young woman says that she and her girlfriends "want to marry but she has faith that it will happen at the right time. 'God is in charge,'" she said.

For another view of an LDS singles ward in another part of the United States, check out this interesting PBS feature by correspondent Lucky Severson.

EMAIL: jwalker@desnews.com

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