According to The Family: A Proclamation to the World, “Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” And yet, hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saints now find themselves in a predicament few of them imagined: never married or divorced after what they expected would be an eternal marriage.
Singlehood in a church so focused on eternal families poses an emotional challenge for those whose desires for an eternal marriage have been frustrated.
This challenge is only aggravated by many raising children alone or losing full custody of their children, losing friends and family, losing their homes, re-entering the workforce, returning to school, facing immense financial strain, overcoming traumatic pasts, and braving the dating world time and time again.
And yet, even as single Church members struggle with these challenges and many more, they have not let the obstacles deter them from becoming a light to others. Indeed, it is possibly because of their difficult circumstances that they have experienced an increase in compassion and camaraderie, causing many to band together to lift one another up as well as lift others outside their community.