Dating Advice for the Returned Missionary.

Dating is the number one concern for most returned missionaries. Below you will find a variety of ideas to help you as you date.

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Dear Jane Pain

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Fellow citizens of the RMTC we’ve waited patiently to mock your suffering and we can wait no longer. Now that women have been serving at nearly the same age as men, we want to know if there’s been an uptick in the number of Dear Jane letters. So we ask, most intrusively, did you receive […]

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Hugs but not Kisses

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After all the interest in the Holding Hands article, we decided to follow up with this comprehensive guide on hugs (kisses will come later). Hugging is a life skill. You can learn to do it right and enjoy some great moments, or you can be lazy and feel awkward every time the situation arises. Today’s […]

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RM Dating Lessons from Blink

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Blink is a bestselling book written by Malcolm Gladwell. The book explores the remarkable ability people have to make quick accurate judgments in what seems to be a blink of an eye. Gladwell, in investigating this phenomenon, interviewed experts in psychology and human behavior, as well as individuals who have a keen sense of first […]

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Dear John Letters Just Got Easier

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Writing a “Dear John” letter can be hard. That’s why we made this easy to use form. It makes dumping your boyfriend fun! So invite your girlfriends over this Friday night and write up that perfect Dear John. Instructions: Complete the form (preferably with a pink or glittery pen) and then mail it. And don’t […]

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Ask Your Friends

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Did you feel slightly desperate asking your investigators if they knew anyone you could teach? Yet you did it, because it worked — and because your mission president, the former CEO of Wally World, kept reminding you of how essential it was. Asking existing contacts for leads is a principle that works for missionaries and […]

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The Mormon Wingman

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Love or hate your missionary companions, you can’t deny they served a useful purpose. Whether taking the brunt of a tongue lashing, or being slower than the pursuing dog, your companion inevitably took one for the team. He or she also played another important role: that of legitimizer. How so? Since you had a companion, […]

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The Finding Pool

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Are your dating prospects as dry as two-day-old toast? Is your current circle of friends as interesting as C-SPAN re-runs? If so, it’s time to add to your Finding Pool. Finding Pools, like the ones from your mission, are easy to create, if you’ll put in the effort. So how do you freshen up your dating prospects? […]

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Holding Hands

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Holding hands is simple, you only need two hands. The hard part is knowing when and how to initiate this physical contact. When to Hold Hands The when becomes clear if you recognize what hand holding represents. Holding hands is a sort of silent DTR. For most people, if you hold their hand, it’s the […]

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Old Movie Date Night

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For your next date, try watching an old movie. Old meaning, older than The Princess Bride, and Raiders of the Lost Ark—it needs to be at least fifty years old. Vintage films have a magical way of connecting us to past generations. So, why not invite some of that magic on your next date? To […]

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Re: A RM’s Letter to the Single Women of the Church

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Re: A RM’s Letter to the Single Women of the Church, by Jason Jones: Mr. Jones makes some interesting points but fails to see the larger picture. I agree that returned missionaries have gone through quite an experience and I am sympathetic to their plight. However, I don’t see why us women can’t express our […]

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Returned Missionaries and Engagement Rings

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So, you want to buy an engagement ring. You’ve been home longer than a week, right? 1. Find a Suitable Girl. Call us old fashioned, but we think the conservative approach—girl first, ring second—is the proper way of doing things (although, it would be amusing to see a guy take his ring fiancé shopping). For […]

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The Musical Date

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On your next date, get two computers together. During the date, you and your date should individually—preferably wearing headphones—stroll through and sample the current songs on a top 40 songs website. Yes, you’ll be ignoring each other for a few minutes. After you’ve reviewed the list, you should each pick your top 10 songs. Next, […]

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