As a single, I had to go searching for service projects, and now I have one every night across the table. In closing, I think about the painful times in our lives.They will happen whether you are single or whether you are married.The average age at marriage has increased in the last few decades, and the number of children born to LDS married couples has decreased.
It has been replaced by something called “hanging out.” You young people apparently know what this is, but I will describe it for the benefit of those of us who are middle-aged or older and otherwise uninformed.Young women, resist too much hanging out, and encourage dates that are simple, inexpensive, and frequent.Don’t make it easy for young men to hang out in a setting where you women provide the food. An occasional group activity is OK, but when you see men who make hanging out their primary interaction with the opposite sex, I think you should lock the pantry and bolt the front door.Men have the initiative, and you men should get on with it.If you don’t know what a date is, perhaps this definition will help. A “date” must pass the test of three s: (1) planned ahead, (2) paid for, and (3) paired off.