MalcolmRavenclaw

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  1. MalcolmRavenclaw

    Being Single And Wondering When Will My Life Begin

    That's pretty much what I told him! However, I'm still glad we had that conversation because it helped inspired me to write this article.
  2. In the Disney movie Tangled, Rapunzel sings about being isolated in her tower and wondering when she’ll be able to truly start living her life. Rapunzel fits the profile of a faithful Mormon single adult: She’s a hard worker, she’s morally pure, and she displays a zest for life that is absolutely contagious. In her opening musical number, she sings: I’ll reread the books If I have time to spare I’ll paint the walls some more, I’m sure there’s room somewhere. And then I’ll brush and brush, and brush and brush my hair Stuck in the same place I’ve always been. And I’ll keep wonderin’ and wonderin’ And wonderin’ and wonderin’ When will my life begin? There are many Mormon single adults who can empathize with Rapunzel’s situation. One of my friends once told me that he feels life doesn’t truly begin until you’re married. Given the strong emphasis on marriage and family in the Mormon Church, I wasn’t surprised he felt this way. There are many single adults that long for marriage, feel “stuck in the same place I’ve always been,” and wonder, just like Rapunzel, “When will my life begin?” However, the attitude that life doesn’t really start until you’re married isn’t just wrong – it’s harmful to your personal growth and search for an eternal companion. Read More
  3. MalcolmRavenclaw

    Can the “Mormon Glow” attract the right type of people to your life?

    I found a lot of references to "Mormon Glow" when I did my research. Perhaps it's more commonly used in the Mormon belt. If you're interested in the topic, here are a few articles I found. Psychology Today: That Mormon Glow - Meridian Magazine - LDS, Mormon and Latter-day Saint News and Views Research suggests “Mormon” factor | Student Review
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    Can the “Mormon Glow” attract the right type of people to your life?

    This was actually the point of my blog article. There are a lot of people who try to attract a spouse using worldly means, which is why I wanted to emphasize that through righteous living, we naturally attract like-minded people.
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    Can the “Mormon Glow” attract the right type of people to your life?

    Agreed, there are a lot of non-members who shine with the Light of Christ. But since my target audience are members of the Church, I used a term they're more familiar with.
  6. It’s well documented that the “Mormon glow,” or the Light of Christ, shines in the eyes of members striving to live the gospel. We often talk about the Mormon glow in the context of missionary work. However, have you ever considered how the “Mormon glow” also helps us attract people who can add value to our lives? D&C 88:40 says, “Light cleaveth unto light.” Through my personal experiences, I believe that radiating the Light of Christ can help us stand out to other single adults and help us someday attract a future spouse. Have you had any personal experiences with the “Mormon glow” before? How do you recognize the Mormon glow in others and how have you developed the glow yourself? I wrote an article on my blog about the Mormon glow and I’d love to get your feedback. (My sister, who graciously agreed to model for me and let me use her picture for my blog article!)
  7. I recently had the privilege to dedicate my home. It was a sacred experience and I blogged about it to encourage other single adults to build a Christ-centered living environment. Here’s an excerpt from my article posted on my blog: When Elder Richard G. Scott spoke last April about building a Christ-centered home, I was touched by his remarks and resolved to do my part to create such an environment. After pondering Elder Scott’s talk, I prayerfully considered how I could improve the living environment in my home. I felt impressed to dedicate my home, which meant giving it a special blessing to set it apart as a sacred place. In the same way that our chapels and temples are dedicated to set these buildings apart as a sacred place, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as LDS or Mormon) have the opportunity to set apart their homes and invite the Lord’s blessings in their lives. As a single adult, I recognized that my situation was different from a traditional family. I was renting a modest home with two other Mormon roommates, but I still felt it was important to bless our home to invite the Lord’s presence more fully into our lives. Click here to read the full article!
  8. Thanks beefche! I appreciate your feedback, I will definitely look through the forum to gain insight on how both genders have unrealistic expectations of each other.
  9. Thanks Eowyn. I have several blog posts planned about dating, I just haven't written previews yet since I'm still narrowing down my main points. Regarding hanging out, I had a lengthy conversation about this with one of my good friends and it will definitely be addressed in a future blog post.
  10. I just launched my blog, Single-Minded Determination, which is intended to support LDS single adults who are trying to live their lives in harmony with gospel teachings. Because my purpose is to help single adults become emotionally, spiritually, and socially self-reliant, I wanted to get your feedback on future blog posts that would be helpful to LDS single adults. To give you an idea of the type of articles I’d like to write, here are brief descriptions of a few posts I’d like to work on over the next few months. Please weigh in and let me know what you think. Top 10 Reasons Why Being a Mormon Single Adult is Awesome. Being a single adult isn’t easy, but the Lord didn’t send us here to fail. He sent us here to succeed gloriously and His church provides a lot of advantages to single adults. In this post, the author will take about the often overlooked, but invaluable benefits of being a Mormon Single Adult. Here’s the top 10 reasons why being an active Mormon single adult helps us enjoy life, not just endure it, to the end. How to Deal With Rejection Through a Gospel Perspective. Rejection – whether in a personal or professional setting – is an inevitable part of life. However, that doesn’t mean we need to let it get us down. In this post, the author will talk about how gospel principles can help us keep a balanced perspective, bounce back from discouragement, and move forward confidentially despite rejection. How to Identify & Communicate Your Unique Value Proposition. God has blessed each of us with specific talents and abilities. For us to reach our full potential and be successful in life (whether it’s advancing our careers or pursuing a romantic interest), we need to demonstrate how we provide unique value. This post will talk about how to identify your God-given strengths and explain how to best communicate that value to others. Tough Soul, Soft Heart - how to get through a trial without hardening your heart. When going through tough times, it’s easy to allow our hearts to become hardened, jaded, and unfeeling. Having a hard heart will make it harder for us to feel the subtle promptings of the Holy Ghost, but it can be difficult to open up our hearts when we feel emotionally vulnerable. In this article, the author will share his personal experiences of overcoming trials while still working to keep a soft heart open and receptive to the Spirit. Don’t allow perfect to become the enemy of progress. The LDS Church has high expectations and sometimes it can be difficult to feel like we measure up. In this article, the author will discuss how an obsession for perfection can hinder our spiritual growth and explain how to make steady progress despite our weaknesses and human frailties.
  11. MalcolmRavenclaw

    Aloha!

    Hello everyone! I’m a lifelong member who grew up in Hawaii, but I now live in Boise, Idaho. I’m a young single adult with a passion for life. I love the gospel because it’s helped me maintain an optimistic attitude despite the trials and challenges of life. I was recently inspired to create a blog specifically intended to uplift LDS single adults. It was launched a few days ago and it’s called Single-Minded Determination. If you’d like to learn more about me and what specifically prompted me to start blogging, please see the “About Me” section on my blog.