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Trib Talk: LDS singles in a family-centric church

Trib Talk: LDS singles in a family-centric church

On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., LDS members Ardis E. Parshall, Laura Durham and Chelsea Sue join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about how contemporary Mormonism addresses the needs of its single adults.

Watch this online video chat at You can also join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or texting 801-609-8059.


  1. Dandeeman26 on November 22, 2019 at 2:34 am

    men can’t have the exaltation without marriage either.

  2. shelly joseph on November 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

    wow this was fascinating i was so glad to hear these different devout voices.  My life is not a Plan B will be on my mirror from now on…

  3. Yochanan Reinhardt on November 22, 2019 at 2:48 am

    " Joseph presided over the church by the voice of the Church. Perhaps it would make some of you stumble, were I to ask you a question–Does a man’s being a prophet in this Church prove that he shall be president of it? I answer, no! A man may be a prophet, seer and revelator, and it may have nothing to do with his being the president of the Church. Suffice it to say that Joseph was the president of the Church, as long as he lived. The people chose to have it so. He always filled that responsible station, by the voice of the people. Can you find any revelation appointing him the president of the Church? The keys of the priesthood were committed to Joseph, to build up the Kingdom of God of the earth, and were not to be taken from him in time or in eternity; but when he was called to preside over the Church, it was by the voice of the people; though he held the keys of the priesthood independent of their voice." (Brigham Young, Contributor 10:3) {emphasis mine }Interesting, don’t you think?Think about it, if you will, if the Lord gave no revelation that the prophet of the restoration was to be president of the church also (in-addition to being a prophet), then why do people think the Lord would all of sudden give a revelation as to whom should be president of the church after Joseph?" All things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith…." (D. & C. 26:2) {emphasis mine }"For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith" (D. & C. 28:13) {emphasis mine }"  The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders by  vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences." (D. & C. 20:63)  {emphasis mine } Don’t get me started on the previous verse D&C 20:62 (unless you really want me to address it)* Note: In Joseph’s day actual "licenses" were given by the elders in a ward to others before others could become elders in that ward. Much much much more could be said about this, and the licenses that were handed to the elected elder (as all edlers are elected and licensed).  Remember what I said when I quoted myself about…." When the Patriarchs assemble, each Patriarch is a Sovereign-Lord in his own sphere, BUT, since Sovereigns have gathered together to help each other accomplish things they couldn’t do alone (or to accomplish what would be hard to do alone,) they choose from amongst themselves persons to head various efforts of that assembly’s business. At no time does any officer in that "business" ( aka "church") have rank over any other Sovereign. Simply, needed managerial positions are filled for their combined efforts. However, no leader in that church has any business telling any other Sovereign ( nor the Queens in that Sovereign’s house) what to do in their respective lives; nor can they tell the children of those Lords and Ladies what to do." In-fact, ‘licenses’ to represent the church (aka "business" ) had to be renewed in Joseph’s day. Priesthood does not need to be renewed, PH is a familial matter and has nothing to do with common consent. PH is a family matter and the head of that family and the members of that family deal with PH, but the church is not a family matter; the church IS a common property run by "stake-holders/stock-holders" (the members themselves) and each member has an equal vote in all matters.The mainstream church of today (and the Fundamentalist groups) do not operate this way. Thus they write and preach contrary to the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or the Book of Doctrine and Covenants,"No person is to be ordained to any office in this church where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church; (D. & C. 20:65) {emphasis mine }" And a commandment I give unto you, that you should fill all these offices and approve of those names which I have mentioned, or else disapprove of them at my general conference. (D. & C. 124:144) {emphasis mine }—————————————————————————————————————————————————–Clearly, from the above quotes we may understand that the leaders of the church at every level are subject to the people who are members of the church.  If the members of the church want to bring-back the gospel of Jesus Christ into the church, they will need to remove from office it’s current leaders. The church needs to return to the doctrine the prophet Joseph actually taught and lived; and, for which he and his brother Hyrum died.

  4. martysk8r on November 22, 2019 at 2:56 am

    There is a huge gender gap among churches. In baptist churches, there are lots of single men who can’t find a wife. I’ve been to college and career classes, singles groups, weekend camping trips, revivals, blowouts, etc. over the past 20 years, and rarely were there any single women. If there were who were not married, they were dating someone. Outside of church, people find someone they like and get married. Then, they might go to church AFTER marriage, kids, etc. Churches are for families and single people do not fit well.

  5. Chris A on November 22, 2019 at 3:03 am

    It is extremely difficult for us single sisters 60+

  6. van2dan on November 22, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Brigham Young taught about interracial marriage with a person of African lineage. He said “May I tell you in the law of God in regard to the African race. If a white man from the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain. The penalty under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so.”

  7. LoverOfMuch on November 22, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Laura’s earbuds are wrong

  8. Van2Dan on November 22, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Mormons stress about marriage too much!

  9. Dandeeman26 on November 22, 2019 at 3:16 am

    they’re negative.

  10. Jay C. Townsend on November 22, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Feminists have taught American men no matter what religion to leave women alone or be punished. According to the Feminist a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle . We cannot tell who is a feminist and who is a lady by looking and the punishment for asking can be very harsh.