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Following is a list of articles written for singles in the Ensign and other church magazines. Please click on the article that you want to read.

Welcoming Every Single One

James E. Faust
One great soul who has a good bishop, a good home teacher, a good position, and comfortable circumstances said, “I don’t need more to do; I just need someone to do it with.” This becomes a matter of great concern when we consider that at least one-third of adult Church members are single. One well-meaning priesthood leader, concerned about one of these choice single women whose heart was aching for companionship and a more fulfilling life, asked, “Why don’t you get a husband?

Single and Steadfast: Lessons in Hope

Christine S. Packard and Wendy Ulrich
When friends or family send messages to singles that they should “try harder,” that they aren’t doing enough to promote dating opportunities, or that they should think about happier things, singles may feel blocked rather than helped in their efforts to move forward to positive goals and interests. When singles experience feelings of loss, if they and those close to them will acknowledge and accept the feelings as simply real, singles can more readily transcend the pain and avoid defining themselves by their marital status or their feelings.

Making the Most of Our Single Years

Russell Stevenson
From time to time, single life makes me feel like a fish in a tank watching the married world go by. I certainly don’t have all the answers to the challenges of dating in young single adulthood, but these five principles have helped me make the most of this stage of my life.


  • Choosing and Being the Right Spouse"

    Thomas B. Holman, Ensign, Sept. 2002, 62–67
    Prophetic counsel teaches us that finding a marriage partner takes spiritual sensitivity, maturity, and preparation—including preparing ourselves to be the right spouse.

  • "Dating: A Time to Become Best Friends"

    John D. Claybaugh, Ensign, Apr. 1994, 18–21
    Courtship is a time to discover who you and your partner really are—and how to nourish your relationship.

  • "Searching for the One You Will Marry"

    LeGrand R. Curtis, New Era, June 1993, 4–7
    It takes time and the right ingredients to cook up a great relationship. Here's a favorite—and foolproof—recipe.

  • "Idea List: The Do's of Dating"

    New Era, Nov. 2000, 15
    Here are some suggestions from New Era readers on ways to ensure a fun and wholesome date.

  • "Marriage Prep 101"

    Brad Wilcox, New Era, Oct. 1999, 30–33
    If you'd like a top grade in marriage preparation, let these couples tutor you. This is one time it's perfectly okay to get answers from someone else.

  • "Receive the Temple Blessings"

    Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1999, 252–27
    As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness

  • "Could I Wait for a Temple Marriage?"

    Loie Lott Benson, Ensign, Feb. 1999, 48–51
    He might be my last opportunity for marriage. How could I refuse him and face an uncertain future?

  • "The Power of Righteousness"

    Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov. 1998, 68–70
    Choosing to do what the Lord has defined as right will, in the long run, always lead to the best outcomes.

    "Great Group Dates"

    Darrin Lythgoe, New Era, Feb. 1998, 15
    So what can a group do together for fun? Here are some ideas.


  • "When You Don't Have Custody"

    S. Brent Scharman, Ensign, Apr. 2002, 58–63
    Living gospel principles helps you be an effective parent even when divorce has separated you from your children.

  • "Time and the Single Parent"

    Frances E. Warden, Ensign, July 2000, 30–34
    Our resources may be more limited, but our children still need us as much as ever.

  • "Bringing the Priesthood into My Home"

    Cheryl A. Faust, Ensign, Aug. 1998, 66–67
    As a single mother, how would I find priesthood direction for my family?

  • "A Conversation with Single Adults"

    Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Mar. 1997, 58–63
    Never forget that there is something of divinity in each of you.

  • "A Single Parent, but Not Alone"

    Sue Blunt, Ensign, Mar. 1996, 24–27
    The pipeline to heaven must be constantly open so that we are prepared to ask for and then receive help on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.

  • "Fitting into Your Family"

    Marion D. Hanks, New Era, June 1991, 4–9
    Yours is just one of many kinds of families, each with challenges, each loved by the Lord. With his help, you can make the best of your family and yourself.


The Church and Single Latter-day Saints
“The Church and Single Latter-day Saints,” Ensign, Mar. 1989, 19
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Reaching the One
James E. Faust, “Reaching the One,” Ensign, July 1973, 86
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Singles Programs-- What Makes Them Work?
Elizabeth VanDenBerghe, “Singles Programs � What Makes Them Work?” Ensign, Apr. 1991, 32
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Singles and Marrieds-- Together in the Faith
Kathleen Lubeck, “Singles and Marrieds � Together in the Faith,” Ensign, Apr. 1987, 44
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To the Single Adult Sisters of the Church
Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Single Adult Sisters of the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 96
Singles in the Ward Family
Kathy Grant, “Singles in the Ward Family,” Ensign, June 2002, 44
To My Single Friends
John K. Carmack, “To My Single Friends,” Ensign, Mar. 1989, 27
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To the Single Adult Brethren of the Church
Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Single Adult Brethren of the Church,” Ensign, May 1988, 51
Single in a Family Church
Don L. Searle, “Single in a Family Church,” Ensign, Sept. 1987, 21
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A Vision of What We Can Be
James E. Faust, “A Vision of What We Can Be,” Ensign, Mar. 1996, 10
Single--in a Family Ward
Sue Bergin, “Single � in a Family Ward,” Ensign, Mar. 1989, 32
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Connecting through a Council
Christopher K. Bigelow, “Connecting through a Council,” Ensign, Sept. 1996, 38
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Strengthening Young Single Adults
“Strengthening Young Single Adults,” Ensign, Sept. 1996, 31
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A Look at the Single Person
Eleanor Knowles, “A Look at the Single Person,” Ensign, Aug. 1971, 40
Belonging to a Ward Family
Robert D. Hales, “Belonging to a Ward Family,” Ensign, Mar. 1996, 15
Sweet Moments
Bonnie D. Parkin, “Sweet Moments,” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 107
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The Church Is for All People
Howard W. Hunter, “The Church Is for All People,” Ensign, June 1989, 75
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What They're Doing in Rochester, Orlando, Tempe ... : A Report on Successful Programs for Single Adults
Orson Scott Card, “What They’re Doing in Rochester Orlando, Tempe … : A Report on Successful Programs for Single Adults,” Ensign, Feb. 1978, 7
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Seeing beyond Single
Chris Brough, “Seeing beyond Single,” Ensign, June 2004, 36
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Dating versus Hanging Out
Dallin H. Oaks, “Dating versus Hanging Out,” Ensign, June 2006, 10
Let Us Be One
Jeanie McAllister, “Let Us Be One,” Ensign, Mar. 1996, 22
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This New Program Called Special Interest
James E. Faust, Marion D. Hanks, and L. Tom Perry, “This New Program Called Special Interest,” Ensign, Mar. 1974, 17
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Married or Single: Look beyond Yourself
James E. Faust, “Married or Single: Look beyond Yourself,” Ensign, Mar. 1980, 35
Singles and Marrieds: Together in the Faith
Kathleen Lubeck Peterson, “Singles and Marrieds: Together in the Faith,” Ensign, Apr. 2006, 43 Marianne Lipps, “What Unifies Us? Our Testimonies,” Ensign, Apr. 2006, 44 Holly Smith, “Included in the Gospel,” Ensign, Apr. 2006, 46
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Getting the Job Done, Single-Handedly
Robert C. Hyde, “Getting the Job Done, Single-Handedly,” Ensign, July 1984, 58
Happiness: There's Not a Single Barrier
Mayola R. Miltenberger, “Happiness: There’s Not a Single Barrier,” Ensign, Apr. 1988, 32
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Be a Quality Person
Marvin J. Ashton, “Be a Quality Person,” Ensign, Feb. 1993, 64
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Who Will Mother Mom?
Loni Manning, “Who Will Mother Mom?” Ensign, Oct. 1990, 47
Home Teaching the Single Sister
Salli Hollenzer, “Home Teaching the Single Sister,” Ensign, Jan. 2007, 33
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Singles and the Proclamation on the Family
Cynthia Doxey, “Singles and the Proclamation on the Family,” Ensign, Jan. 2004, 33
Beyond Dances and Mingles
Shirleen Meek, “Beyond Dances and Mingles,” Ensign, Aug. 1987, 15
Alone, but Not Lonely
Inez S. Searle, “Alone, but Not Lonely,” Ensign, Aug. 1992, 53
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Singular Living
“Singular Living,” Ensign, June 2003, 56
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Singular Happiness
Kimberly D. Nelson, “My Classroom,” Ensign, Jan. 2005, 36 Rebecca M. Taylor, “A Different Path,” Ensign, Jan. 2005, 38
To Single Adults
Gordon B. Hinckley, “To Single Adults,” Ensign, June 1989, 72
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First Presidency Message Temples and Eternal Marriage
Spencer W. Kimball, “Temples and Eternal Marriage,” Ensign, Aug. 1974, 2
Questions and Answers
“Questions and Answers,” Ensign, Mar. 2006, 20
Sharing the Wonder
Elizabeth Shaw Smith, “Sharing the Wonder,” Ensign, Dec. 1987, 23
Seeing beyond the Category: Reflections on a Single Life
Jan Underwood, “Seeing beyond the Category: Reflections on a Single Life,” Ensign, Mar. 1984, 27
The Gospel and the Single Parent
“The Gospel and the Single Parent,” Ensign, Jan. 2004, 63
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A Conversation with Single Adults
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Conversation with Single Adults,” Ensign, Mar. 1997, 58
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Living Singly
Irene E. Dearden, “Living Singly,” Ensign, Dec. 1997, 22
I Have a Question
Diane E. Cleveland, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Feb. 1980, 66
Dating: "He Says," "She Says"
Kimberly Webb, “Dating: ‘He Says,’ ‘She Says,’ ” Ensign, June 2006, 17
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Your Greatest Challenge, Mother
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 97
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