I have a friend, a convert to the church, who is handsome, faithful, smart, gainfully employed, and lonely beyond words.
I had lunch with him yesterday and was horrified to see the depth of his loneliness: he pays for a membership in some kind of email exchange involving improbably beautiful Eastern European women. Invariably, these “women” will ask him for a few hundred Euros to come and visit him. I think he’s fallen for it because everything is in English and his English is ropey.
Great advice for youth comes from the popular youth speaker, John Bytheway, in his book What I Wish I'd Known in High School, pp. My seminary teacher tried to explain that to a bunch of us sixteen-year-olds one day. "Guys and girls are different, and sometimes expressions of affection mean different things to different people. this means he likes me; he cares for me, oh, how sweet.'" ...
As a borderline narcissistic introvert, you might be surprised to learn that I have friends, even friends from many different lands (states) and persuasions. Of course the rest of you won’t be surprised at all. Here, in no particular sequence of topics, are some observations from students, friends, and neighbors on dating culture among Mormons, and sometimes, others.The area includes two family wards, as well as two branches, and I’ll be about an hour and a half away from the Atlanta temple – as well as a more plentiful pool of LDS singles in Atlanta.But all the single female grad students I spoke to when I visited Athens, Georgia expressed little hope of dating.One friend observed that the experience of two relatives suggests that serious relationships among singles are drying up.Two siblings, practically in elderly status (~30) are single and neither has had a serious boyfriend/girlfriend.