How can Relief Society leaders support young single adults?
16 Men and women who have not married or who are divorced or widowed make up a significant portion of Church membership. Priesthood and auxiliary leaders reach out to these members and include them in the work of the Church. Worthy single members should be given opportunities to hold leadership and teaching positions. …
Leaders support single members by helping them draw near to the Lord, strengthen their testimonies, and take responsibility for their own spiritual, social, and temporal well-being.
How will you determine the needs of those you serve?
What is the responsibility of leaders in ministering to young single adults?
16.2 Stake and ward leaders work continually to identify, locate, and shepherd young single adults in the following ways:
- They help young single adults find and fellowship those in their age-group who are less active in the Church.
- They create opportunities for young single adults to associate together in meaningful service, gospel learning, and social activities. …
- They support young single adults in fulfilling worthy personal goals and in making decisions about marriage, education, careers, and finances.
9.7.2 Relief Society leaders teach young single adult sisters the purposes of Relief Society and give them opportunities to participate in the work of Relief Society.
- They assign young single adult sisters to serve as visiting teachers.
- Relief Society leaders may also give young single adult sisters other meaningful opportunities to serve and may recommend them to receive callings to serve in the Relief Society.
- The Relief Society presidency assigns visiting teachers to each young single adult sister.
9.2.5 Advisers to young single adult sisters work under the direction of the Relief Society counselor assigned to young single adults. They watch over and strengthen young single adult sisters. An adviser may be given any of the following responsibilities:
- She may serve as a visiting teaching companion to a young single adult sister.
- She may help with young single adult activities.
- She may encourage young single adult sisters to participate in institute classes or other religious instruction.
- If the ward has a young single adult committee, she serves on the committee (see 16.3.4).
- If the ward has a Relief Society class for young single adult sisters, she may attend the class.
How can the young single adults in your ward be involved in hastening the work?
What resources are available to help Relief Society leaders minister to young single adults?
How can the bishopric minister to young single adults?
16.3.3 To understand and address the needs of young single adults in the ward, a bishopric member interviews each young single adult at least annually. The bishopric works with the ward council to find meaningful callings for all young single adults. The bishopric may also organize a ward young single adult committee.
A counselor in the bishopric oversees the young single adults in the ward. He receives regular reports from the counselor in the Relief Society presidency who is assigned to work with young single adults in the ward.
Who can be called to watch over and strengthen young single adult sisters?
16.3.3 Relief Society Counselor
The Relief Society president assigns a counselor to lead out in her organization’s effort to watch over young single adults.
- This counselor periodically visits with young single adults to provide encouragement and help.
- She provides the assigned bishopric counselor with information about young single adults based on visiting teaching contacts and their own visits. They also report to the Relief Society president.
- The Relief Society president may report on these efforts in ward council meeting.
Young Single Adult Leaders
The bishopric may call a young single adult brother and a young single adult sister to serve as young single adult leaders.
- These leaders report to a counselor in the bishopric.
- They serve on the ward young single adult committee if one is formed.
- They meet with the Relief Society presidency regularly to ensure that visiting teaching assignments help address the needs of young single adults.
Young Single Adult Advisers
The bishopric may call a worthy married couple as ward young single adult advisers.
- These advisers report to a counselor in the bishopric.
- They serve on the ward young single adult committee if one is formed.
- They help young single adults have opportunities to gather for friendship, service, and gospel learning.
As you think of the needs of the young single adults in your ward, what leadership callings will work best to help meet those needs?
What are the responsibilities of the ward young single adult committee?
16.3.4 In a ward with a significant number of young single adults, the stake president and bishop may feel that a ward young single adult committee is needed. A counselor in the bishopric presides over the committee. Other committee members include the elders quorum and Relief Society counselors assigned to young single adults, the young single adult leaders, and the couple called to serve as young single adult advisers.
The committee meets as needed. Committee members discuss ways to help young single adults participate in service, leadership, gospel learning, and social activities. They also find and fellowship less-active young single adults.
As you meet together as a committee, discuss ways you can help individuals build testimonies and keep covenants.
What meetings, classes, and activities can young single adults be involved in?
16.3.5 Young single adults should be offered a variety of gospel learning, service, cultural, and social activities that can take place at the ward, stake, or multistake level. These activities may include temple visits, priesthood or temple preparation seminars, missionary work, community service, choirs, cultural events, dances, and sports.
16.3.6 Multistake and area activities can give young single adults opportunities for social interaction, leadership, and service without leaving the ecclesiastical care of their bishops.
What options do leaders have in planning young single adult activities?
16.3.5 Young single adults should frequently be called to serve together on service committees.
- Home Evening Groups—Priesthood leaders may organize one or more home evening groups for young single adults.
- Sunday School Classes—Wards with enough young single adults may have a separate Sunday School class for young single adults (see 12.4.2).
- Weekday Gospel Study Classes—Young single adults are encouraged to enroll in institute classes.
- Separate Relief Society Class—If sufficient numbers of young single adult sisters reside in a ward, the bishop may authorize the organization of a separate Relief Society class for Sunday lessons and occasional activities. Lessons are taught by members of the class, who focus their teaching on the needs of young sisters (9.7.3).
As you plan activities, first discuss the needs of the young single adults and then determine the purpose of each activity.
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