The recognition of adult singles in the LDS Church is usually a footnote buried in the dominate family rhetoric of Mormon culture, and yet it is estimated that 30% of Mormons are single. Julie Lefgren has never married, is a life-long active Mormon and is now in her mid-40s. A lifetime of never marrying, not having children and yet staying active in the family-centric Mormon Church can be distressing. In our discussion Julie addresses with candor the pain of that path, but also how to achieve happiness and peace too. With Julie we take an in-depth look at this interesting, and yet often invisible space of Mormon single adults.
Currently Julie is an adjunct professor of Chinese at BYU, but she has spent much time wandering the globe and exploring other cultures. She has always focused on learning Mandarin and works hard on developing and maintaining deep friendships with those she meets. In the winter, when not teaching, you will find her searching for a powder shot on the Utah ski slopes and in the off-season traveling, fishing and generally being outdoors. But many of her life choices have revolved around assisting in the parenting of her 21 nieces and nephews.
Julie blogs about being Mormon and single on her blog Single Sassy Mormon and welcomes input from all voices, especially sassy ones. (http://singlesassymormon.