Thanks Elder Oaks

9/16/2012 The Romantic 7 Comments

He was right. This is exactly how it feels being single.
"The situation of a Church member who is single can be illustrated by a simple analogy. Imagine that your favorite hobby is stargazing and you’ve just joined a stargazing club. You come to your first club activity eager to participate. It’s a cold night, but you’re not concerned: most of the club members are wearing club jackets, and you’ve been told you should be able to get one as well. But there is no jacket for you. You ask about it, and you are told to keep looking and that if you do your best, you will find a jacket when the time is right.
Meanwhile, you are getting pretty cold and a little worried. And you notice that most of the other club members are talking about how nice and warm their jackets are. In fact, throughout the evening the topic surfaces continually in various forms: how to wash and dry your jacket, how to add extra pockets, how to mend it, and so forth. Some of the club members notice you don’t have a jacket. 'You really need a jacket for these activities,' they tell you. 'Why don’t you have one yet?'" -Elder Oaks via this article

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7 comments:

Summer said...

Loved it. It was the perfect analogy, and I really appreciated his acknowledgment of the strange and often uncomfortable situation being single in a very marriage-and-family-oriented church really is.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! Thanks for sharing this.

I read the article that was linked and I can't figure out how Elder Oaks is tied to this? Fantastic article though for everyone--single and married alike.

Heidi said...

Elder Oaks didn't give the talk in that article, but he did quote it when he spoke today in a regional stake conference in Provo. That's how he is tied to it.

Some Guy said...

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

After listening to Elder Oaks' talk, one of my single friends showed me wheresmyjacket.com. I think the site matches the sentiment.

Tristam88 said...
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Mr. Bennett said...

Worthy Single Gentlemen, please stop over thinking things and extend your jacket to a single sister. It's cold outside and the Universe is an amazing thing to share.

Mr. Bennett