Michelle King: Young single adults and the 'decade of decisions,' on 'Mormon Times TV'

Published: Wednesday, July 11 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

LDS young single adults gather for a meeting Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in the Conference Center to learn more about the purpose of the reorganization of the singles stakes, and were given information regarding the new assigned stakes and wards.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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The past six years my husband and I were privileged to work with hundreds of young single adults in our stake and region of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with our missionaries in Georgia. The years between the ages of 18 and 30 are a complex phase of life. My husband, Steve, calls it the “decade of decisions,” because these young people are virtually having to make so many of life’s big choices — where to go to school, whether to serve a mission, what do to do for a career, where to work, whom to date and marry, and how to pay for it all. Talk about pressure!

With the geographic realignment of young single adult wards last year — and the creation of YSA stakes — the LDS Church is trying to help these young people stay active in the gospel and stay focused. But they still have to deal with the challenges of life — and one is finding that eternal companion.

On this Sunday’s edition of “Mormon Times TV,” we’ll see if LDS young people are looking for love in all the right places. We'll introduce you to “The Mormon Bachelor,” who’s dating online for all to see, hoping to end up with a wife and a temple marriage. We’ll also have a panel of YSAs in-studio to talk about the challenges of dating and whether cultural pressure adds extra frustration.

Also on our Sunday, July 15, show, we’ll revisit a sad and shocking story in the news recently — that of a newly returned LDS missionary whose life changed in a second. You’ll see how a fun game turned tragic for Tere Parra, and how she’s enduring this new challenge with courage.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve, reflects on his visit to West Africa this year, where the people are humble and life is simple. The church is growing at an incredible rate there, and you’ll see why Elder Holland says it’s the miracle of the Restoration literally unfolding before our eyes.

Speaking of the Restoration of the gospel, you’ll get a look at one of the most authentic printing museums anywhere and see how inspiration and innovation got the Bible and Book of Mormon into the hands of the common man.

The “Mormon Times TV" television show airs weekly on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV following the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. It can also be viewed online at mormontimestv.ksl.com, where past episodes are available. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MormonTimesTV and join in the conversation. We’re always looking for inspiring, uplifting stories that involve people of the LDS faith. If you have some ideas you’d like to share with us, drop me an email at mking@ksl.com.

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