WATCH | This dating service is helping single Mormons find their perfect match without ever having to swipe left ... or right.
The LDS Matchmaker is a traditional dating service aimed at helping single Latter-day Saints find love. Founded in 2010 by dating coach Amy Stevens Seal, The LDS Matchmaker boasts on its website that it has since matched over 100 married couples nationwide.
According to Stevens Seal and her team of experts, dating in the LDS community poses a unique set of challenges that makes finding "the one" difficult -- especially in Utah, home to more LDS people than any other state, according to the Pew Research Center.
How it works
Once a person signs up, he or she is prompted to create a profile, which a team of experts will review to find the person's ideal match. Then, the team will discuss the person's goals, dreams and level of commitment to make them a reality.
"It's such a different ballgame than it was even five years ago with online dating and all the different apps," said Ventura. "We get to be professional online daters that really take these clients and help them navigate the nuances of dating."
Stevens Seal says a particular hurdle her clients face is trying to overcome the pressure to get married, which often comes with dating as an LDS single.
"Sometimes people get into this mindset that there's one right person," Stevens Seal told Circa. "It's something that people focus on, and so it's of big concern and priority to be able to find someone that they can be with as their eternal companion."
How do you stop yourself from planning your whole entire future in the first five minutes of a date?
Valerie Ventura, director of client services at The LDS Matchmaker, says she had difficulties finding serious potential dates before she found her perfect match. "When I was online, I would get the messages, 'Hey, you're cute. Let's make out.' Or 'Come over and let's cuddle.'" That's when she turned to The LDS Matchmaker.
A shift in culture
Marriage is a core Mormon teaching and often plays a huge role in the LDS dating scene. During the last half of the 20th century, it wasn't uncommon for a young adult in the faith to be married as early as 18 years old.
Today, millennial Mormons are waiting longer to tie the knot. The median age for first-time brides in Utah was 20 in 1970. Now, it's 22, according to USA Today.
If I saw somebody that I thought was cute, if I didn't grab him that second, chances are I'd never see him again.
Not as many options
Stevens Seal says another challenge her clients come across is limited options, especially for those outside of the immediate community.
"It's harder for those of our faith that live outside of Utah, because there's not usually as large of a pool to choose from if you want to marry within the faith," said Ventura.
Dating advice from the ladies of @LDS_Matchmaker?— Kay Angrum (@kayangrum) January 25, 2017
🔹First impressions matter
🔹It's a journey, not a destination
🔹Assume positive attempt
We asked The LDS Matchmakers for advice on how to find the perfect match.
For more information on The LDS Matchmaker, visit www.theldsmatchmaker.com