"I am a 43 year-old single, never been married woman in a family-centric church.
"Every Sunday I come home from church feeling more sad and lonely than I feel any other day of the week. As if it's scheduled, I cry myself to sleep on Sunday nights, lonely for the life I've always wanted; sad for the reality that it may never happen.
"It takes me practically an entire week to find the strength and courage to go back to church alone. I continue to go because I know it's true and I can't imagine my life without it. Honestly though, it's one of the hardest things I do. Sometimes I wish I didn't know it was true so I could walk away without feeling guilt or shame.
"Being single and childless in this church makes me feel like a failure. Like I don't fit in. Like I've missed out on the greatest thing in this life. I have an amazing life; I've experienced some fantastic things, been incredible places and have met some remarkable people and yet, I still have this missing sense of purpose. I know I can't be the only single LDS woman to feel this way. To any other single Mormon women reading this—if you have felt his way, or feel this way now—know you are not alone."