Online LDS dating sites grow in popularity

Bekka Joner, previously a nanny in Boston, was having trouble meeting male members her own age in her small LDS branch. At the request of her roommate, she decided to create a profile on a dating website. She was specific in what she wanted: a temple-worthy member, tall, college educated. The search gave her five options. One in particular, Michael Joner, stands out to her. She decided to risk sending him a message.

They are now celebrating their fifth anniversary of marriage.

According to a recent national study, about one in five relationships begins online. More and more Latter-day Saint members have found success with online dating, through numerous sites including LDSSingles.com, Match.com and Plentyoffish.com.

Arielle Schechtman, director of public and community relations at Spark Networks, the company that owns sites such as LDSSingles and ChristianMingle, said members of the LDS Church who believe online dating is unnatural or something to be ashamed about would likely be surprised at the number of people who have met their spouse online.

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