@Brad Smith,YSA Wards are Young Single Adult Wards, so they are
special wards created for that specific demographic, which is those who are
single and ages 18-31. These wards exist where there is a high concentration of
this demographic, ie. near universities or in high populations of members.Otherwise all members are in a conventional ward or congregation. "Membership in a young single adult ward is temporary. Leaders help
young single adults prepare to return to a conventional ward when they marry or
reach age 31."
With more marriage minded women than men, zero dating opportunities because why
date one when a single young man can hang out with them all, and other groups
shouting for the right to be married and enjoy all the blessings of the
priesthood, this is a discouraging time to be a 31-40 year old virgin in the
church. YSA women will begin to feel like they are perpetually eight years old,
having to wait until the next life to make and keep any more covenants which
require an eternal companion. We might as well be picking marigolds.
@Mom of FiveMost of the time people in this age group stop attending
over historical issues or the literal black and white belief in the Book of
Mormon. Fortunatley Brother Terryl Givens spoke at a fireside and said that you
can be a temple recommend member of the Church and not have to have a literal
belief in the Book of Mormon. This view helps allot of people remain and keep
their integrity. Remind your son that things are not always black and white and
there is room for grey with some of the things we have been taught.
Hello,This news article mentions the number "31". I'm
curious what that really means.Looks like it is referring to
one's age. Can people really get "too old" to attend Church??I've known a few Mormons, but I never quite heard about a
"restriction" on going to Church. They are usually trying to get others
to come along and join with the others.I have visions of "Age
Discrimination" and "Stereotyping" when I hear of this type stuff.
Maybe I'm wrong.Would someone Please tell me what this is all
about?? What's "magical" about the #31?Thank You in
advance for passing on information.
Does anyone have any guy-centric advice for how to get the most of a YSA
experience? My son hasn't been active for a long time, but he may be open
to going now, and I'd like him to try and have the best experience that he