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The idea of creating this website came to my mind about a year ago. I often traveled for business and I occasionally thought of attending some church-sponsored singles activities in the areas that I visited. It was not always easy to find information on singles events in a particular city or area even though there are quite a few singles websites and email lists that have already been set up independently by the singles in different areas. I thought that it would be nice if there were a centralized website that provides information on singles events in all areas of the United States but such a website did not exist. I felt prompted that I should create a website to provide that kind of information. Unfortunately I had hardly any knowledge in building websites. Nevertheless, that prompting stayed on my mind.

I have read several good books on relationships in the last several years and I have learned a lot from these books. I have also learned about the importance of paying attention to personal growth and developing good personal values. I thought it would be nice to include this kind of information on the website that I have been day-dreaming to build. It would help singles understand better about relationships and personal growth and subsequently help them prepare for a happier and more successful life.

Several years ago, I received a calling to serve as the stake single adult representative for my stake. I became quite active in the singles program of the church and had the opportunity to make friends with a lot of singles. I was often touched when I saw the hardships that some singles go through, especially the single mothers. I can relate to them as I am a single myself. Working with the singles over the last several years has helped me develop a deep sense of compassion for them. I often thought about what I could do to help the singles have a better life. I felt there was a need for a centralized resource to help bring the singles together and to provide a variety of information that is helpful to them. I have been given much in my life. Donating the necessary funds and my spare time to build such a website would be a good way to serve my fellow single brothers and sisters in the church and express my thanks to Heavenly Father for what He has given me. As I listen to the words of the hymn "Because I have been given much", I feel that I must give to others because I have been given much. 

I recently read a book written by Stephen Covey with the title of "The 8th Habit - From Effectiveness to Greatness". After reading this book, I decided to take on this project even though I know that it will take a lot of time and energy to build and maintain such a website. I want to apply one of the messages that I learned from this book which is "to live, to learn, to love and to leave a legacy". I started trying to learn how to build websites. I got together with a few friends and started this project. After many days of hard work in my spare time...and fun, this website was finally born. My goal was to create a comprehensive resource for LDS singles with a variety of information that would enhance their social lives, facilitate them to prepare for a happy marriage and encourage them to grow to be their best selves. It is my sincere hope that this website may accomplish my goal and make a positive difference in your life . I want to make this world a better place to live for all of us in the singles community.

Thank you for reading about the background of this website.

Humbly,

Michael
Lake Oswego (Portland), Oregon
January, 2008