No matter where you are in life, it’s important to follow Jesus Christ and strive to be your best. That’s one of the principles behind single adult wards and branches—specialized Church congregations where single people can learn to live Christlike lives with others in their same stage of life.
The social scene
Singles wards are highly sociable. In addition to their normal Sunday meetings, members of a singles ward get together during the week for extra activities. The specific activities depend on the individual congregation, but you might see talent shows, sports leagues, barbecues, movie nights, and more.
Like it or hate it, one of the biggest parts of the singles wards’ social scene is dating. These congregations give people a chance to meet those with similar values and interests, and many happily married Latter-day Saint couples will tell you that they met in a singles ward. But that’s not everything singles wards are about. When you get down to it, they’re about giving people a place where they can feel accepted, loved, and supported by others in a similar phase of life—and where everyone can grow their faith in Jesus Christ together.
Hear others’ experiences
“There is something so reassuring knowing that no matter what new city I move to, there will always be a YSA community of friends to welcome me and share my beliefs. This has made moving less scary for me and helps me have an instant network of friends and church family.”
Palo Alto, CA
“I've made lifelong friendships in ward members and found inspiring examples of commitment to the Savior and His gospel in ward leaders.”
Central Point, Oregon
“It has been a great social setting and helped me relate to others my age.”
Las Vegas, NV
“A meeting that I enjoy a lot outside of Sunday meetings is institute, where we learn about Christ’s teachings with a group of people around our age. There’s where I met friends that have been there for me in good and bad times.”
“Attending church has given me a great community of friends that have the same morals and help push each other to be the best they can.”
Kansas City, MO
“I’ve enjoyed a wide range of perspectives. A safe place for us to talk about struggles and successes.”
“Living in a college town but not going to school can be hard. The young adults in the Church need each other! We all need good friends who lift us when we fall, make us laugh when we cry, and help us walk the path back to Christ.”
In helping people grow closer to Christ, singles wards are a lot like any other Latter-day Saint congregation. They also have a men’s group (elders quorum) and women’s group (Relief Society), both overseen by local leaders. The Church’s ministering program (where every member of the ward has someone assigned to look out for their needs) helps to make sure everyone gets taken care of.
Institutes of religion
Another way young single adults can strengthen their faith is by attending an institute of religion. Many institute buildings are next to college campuses, but in other areas, institute is taught in classrooms, Church buildings, homes, or office buildings. No matter where it’s found, institute provides classes where people can learn more about gospel topics from knowledgeable instructors.
Everyone brings something unique to the singles ward, and you’re no exception. A ward is only as good as the people who work to lift each other up, which is why we need people like you. If you’re in the age range of a singles ward (18–30 for young single adult wards and 31 and over for single adult wards), come join us this Sunday or at one of the weekly activities and see how we can strengthen each other.