Single Mormons in Sweden are appropriately partying in the spirit of finding eternal love, and a major U.S. newspaper is paying attention.
You can imagine the setting. Beautiful Nordic landscapes surround a sober dance party, complete with bubblegum Justin Bieber hits. Talk of spirituality fills the air. Maybe there’s a few jokes about missionary tales. Don’t forget the virgin daiquiris and sugary sweets, either. They’ll keep you up all night.
You’ll find all of these things at a special event for unmarried Mormons called Festinord, which means “Party in the North” and is held every year for single members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in some of Europe’s northern countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s a week-long single mixer — a seven-day modest speed dating party, if you will — that aims to connect unmarried young Mormons — ages 18 to 30 — with each other so that they can find eternal love.
“You only have a few good days a year to meet everyone,” Samuel Jubell, 25, who attended Festinord from Trollhättan, Sweden, told WSJ. “Everyone is here looking for love.”
Alcohol and sexual relations are banned from the event. Modest dress is encouraged. Mormonism is a definite, definite plus. The fact that this celebration culls just members of the LDS Church together makes it all the more easier for some partygoers.
“I want to find a partner in crime,” Catherina Hvistendahl, a 28-year-old Greenland native, told WSJ. “I’m willing to do hard things to get there.”
The Festinhord celebrations began in 1966, and only gathered a few hundred people, if that. This latest celebration, the event's 50th anniversary, yielded 821 singles from 31 different countries, according to the WSJ.
And it’s not just a huge dance party. There are scripture study sessions and devotionals in the mornings before the dance parties.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.