Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

Given that interfaith marriage is not a sin and that the number of worthy, active women in the church exceeds the number of worthy, active men, it is hard for most single Mormon women to ignore the question of marrying a man who is not Mormon.

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But all the single female grad students I spoke to when I visited Athens, Georgia expressed little hope of dating.

With limited dating options, they wondered if they had chosen a career over a family.

“If you’re on it for the right reasons, whether it’s on Snapchat or Instagram or Facebook or Tinder, then it’s not going to be used in a negative way because you’re on it for the right reasons.” Melanie Christensen met her husband Cory on Tinder. Holding their daughter, Harmony, in their Logan apartment, Christensen said she first got Tinder because her roommates had it.

“My roommates called it window shopping for guys, so we did that, and it ended up working out more than I expected it to,” she said.

“I know a lot of couples that have met on Tinder and have gotten married, and some of them have gotten married in the temple and some have gotten married and then sealed in the temple,” Kayla King said.

“So I think in the church it’s becoming more common.” In 2015, Elder Ballard of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a speech to the church’s youth, specifically mentioning Tinder and Snapchat as potential spiritual dangers.

“I think it’s funny because in that same talk, he talks about Snapchat. I follow it, there’s a lot of really good stuff on there,” Creighton King said.

“Whatever you’re out to find is what you’ll find,” Kayla King said.

After living for eight years in Provo, Utah – first as a student at Brigham Young University and later as faculty – I am moving to Georgia.

As with most moves, this decision is at once exciting and heart-breaking, as I will meet new people and encounter wonderful experiences, while also leaving behind friends whom I have come to cherish.

It was one of the few times church leadership directly mentioned the app by name.