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"I had fantasies of being married since basically as young as I can remember," he said.Mormon doctrine holds that intrafaith marriage -- a union to another Mormon inside the church's temples -- is essential for salvation in the highest level of heaven.When she enrolled in Brigham Young University, Mormonism's flagship school, Sewell expected to get married right away.Upon returning from her Mormon mission in New Hampshire, Sewell felt unable to break into the "competitive" dating pool at BYU, where appearance is paramount.There are 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men, according to one study, creating a statistical dilemma that complicates church leadership's bold project to ensure all youth attain a temple marriage.In total, 51% of Mormon women over age 18 are single, according to internal statistics cited in a church public relations video, which leaked on the website "Mormon Leaks." For these women, the dream of previous generations -- 87% of married Mormons have a Mormon spouse -- may not be statistically attainable.
Their solution was to continue investing in singles wards, creating stronger nuclei for Mormon singles to congregate outside of Utah.
Six years ago, he began flying cross-country in search of a wife.
On weekends, he created elaborate dating strategies for new cities, filling his calendar with singles events he heard about through the social media grapevine.
They even created a church building in Arlington, Virginia exclusively for singles, a first for the faith.
Today, the singles community in the DC metro area comprises its own "stake," the Mormon term for a group of congregations, similar to a diocese. Janzen is the stake president of this singles community.