Date: May 30, 2011 01:42PM
I did appreciate what Brother Whitley had to say, and his independent thinking is deadly to TBM-status:
Jared Whitley, a 33-year-old who works in defense contracting and attends services at the Crystal City chapel, said all the pressure on single Mormons can backfire.
“One of the real problems is that Mormon culture puts a lot of emphasis on going on dates and on getting married, but really not a lot on just being in a relationship,” he said. People start thinking about marriage after the first date, which “puts up too much pressure too soon, and people tend to recoil.”
Whitley is active in the older singles congregation, but he said he has become more open to dating non-Mormons, something discouraged in the church.