Young Single Adults

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Young Single Adults (YSA) is a program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for unmarried adults ages 18-30, which includes service, gospel learning, and social activities where young people can meet and interact. If a young single adult ward has been created, those of that age range also meet together for sacrament meeting, Sunday school, priesthood meetings, and Relief Society meetings.

In April 2011, the Church reorganized and realigned young single adult wards and stakes throughout Utah. Each YSA ward is open to all single Church members age 18 to 30 who live within the ward’s geographic boundaries. Young single adults may choose to attend the YSA ward or the conventional ward in which they live. This change helps young single adults avoid confusion about which ward they should attend.

Although there are young single adult wards all over the United States, these changes will primarily impact those in Utah and Idaho. For the members along Utah’s Wasatch Front, an additional change will be that all young single adult wards will now be part of a young single adult stake. Previously, many stakes, which are comprised of 4 to 15 wards, included a ward especially for young single adults.

In locations where there are colleges and universities, a number of branches or wards might be established. Participation in young single adult wards and branches gives young single adults enhanced social opportunities and more opportunities for leadership. In a conventional ward, young single adults would seldom be called to fill leadership positions because of the number of adults over 30. YSA wards offer more leadership and training for very capable young single adults. In a YSA ward, the bishop is usually called from a nearby conventional ward to serve for three to five years. His counselors are also usually men from a nearby conventional ward.

Another advantage of the new geographical formation of YSA wards is that leaders now know exactly who is in their ward boundaries, and ward members know who their bishop is. The previous option to "ward hop" made it difficult for leaders to keep track of and minister to young single adults.