Single Adult Members of the Church

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Single Adult Members of the Church


The gospel of Jesus Christ was given by God to bless His children. Each person is part of the great family of our Heavenly Parents. Those who join the Church become part of another great fellowship, a true fellowship of brothers and sisters who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ.

Single members of the Church—including those who have never been married, are divorced, or have been widowed—serve and worship in the Church alongside other members of their wards and branches. President Gordon B. Hinckley explained: “When all is said and done, we should not be classified as married or single but as members of the Church, each worthy of the same attention, the same care, the same opportunities to be of service” (“A Conversation with Single Adults,” Liahona, Nov. 1997, 18).

All of God’s children are important in His plan, and all can play a vital role in building His kingdom. In addition, all may seek for every blessing our Heavenly Father has for His children—including the blessing of an eternal marriage—even as they find joy in their current circumstances (see Mosiah 2:41). Elder Robert D. Hales explained: “Because of His great love for each of us, the Lord wants all of us to be happy. He has told us through the prophet Lehi, ‘Men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Ne. 2:25). This joy we speak of is in the present. We do not have to wait for another day, for another year, until our circumstances change, or until we pass through the veil and go to our eternal glory. We are to find joy in the present. If we love the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can find joy” (“Belonging to a Ward Family,” Liahona, Mar. 1999, 14).

Related Topics


Scripture Study Resources

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages


“I’m a Mormon, Single Mother, and Special Needs Advocate”

Learning Resources

General Resources

“Happy Families: Parenting Single But Never Alone,” Latter-day Saints Channel

“Happy Families: When Divorce Happens,” Latter-day Saints Channel

“Pregnant & Unsure: Options for Single Expectant Parents,” Latter-day Saints Channel

Church Magazines

“Coming Home to Your Mission,” Ensign, December 2016

“Single Working Mom? There Is Hope!” Ensign, April 2010

“For the Divorced Single Parent,” Ensign, September 2006

“The Gospel and the Single Parent,” Ensign, January 2004

“Comforted in My Distress,” Ensign or Liahona, March 2004

“In Good Company,” Ensign, October 2003

“After Divorce: Help for Latter-day Saint Men,” Ensign, August 2003

“Singular Living,” Ensign, June 2003

“Singles in the Ward Family,” Ensign, June 2002

“Singular Accomplishments,” Ensign, June 2001

“So Much to Live For,” Ensign, June 1993

Teaching Resources

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

“Teaching the Gospel in the Home,” Family Guidebook



“Single Motherhood,” The Latter-day Saints Channel Q&A, episode 63

“Interview with Conni Chavez of Happy Families,” Latter-day Saints Channel Daily, episode 721

“Financial Steps for a Newly-Single Mom,” Latter-day Saints Channel Daily, episode 750