LDS Faith

(21) Jon Klemin: To Swipe or not to Swipe

The great question that confronts most singles nationwide is to Swipe, or not to Swipe. Dating has changed dramatically in the past five years and now instead of getting dressed up to find a date at a social event, all you have to is pull out your phone and swipe left or right. If you are a single pringle in the LDS community than this episode is for you. When Jon was introduced to dating apps almost a half decade ago he instantly had the idea to make an app for the LDS population of singles. At first, this started out as a fun daydream, but after four years he now has his own dating app called Saint Swipe. In this episode, Jon explains more about the unique features that Saint Swipe has to offer. It’s the first dating app that I’ve seen that you can record a 10-second intro video and leave voice messages. I think the voice message feature is awesome because sometimes texting gets lost in translation and you aren’t able to tell if a person is joking. With a Voice Message, you can get to know someone’s sense of humor a little better.

The word “date” can sometimes be a four-letter word for singles. Maybe it’s representing the lack of dates, the really bad dates, the pressure to get a date for a function, or maybe you just want everyone around you to stop asking about your dates. Regardless dating can be a touchy subject. In this episode, Jon and I talk a lot about this four letter word. Everything from how to get more dates to should you send an after date text. To be honest I feel super vulnerable posting this episode because of all the dating talk. I’m first to admit that I definitely don’t have dating figured out. I seem to always stay in the Land of Limbo and never reach Commitment City. Ok, that was a cheesy analogy but you get the point. The one thing I do know is that dating apps increase opportunities to do just that date. If you’re single make sure to check out Saint Swipe its free and available for Apple and Android. You never know you might just be posting a picture in a few months with the hashtag #wemetonsaintswipe.


(19) Tori Miller Duckworth: Trusting God and Pressing Forward

The summer of 2009 I had the opportunity to spend every hour of every day with Tori Miller (Duckworth). We both were serving as Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a small city called Kirtland located outside of Cleveland Ohio.  Spending that much time with a person you really get to see their character, which is why I can honestly say she is one of the most genuine gals I know. I wanted to interview Tori to get a greater perspective on miscarriage and the struggles and emotions that surround it. The interview took a different turn at first as we talked about the health problems she developed on the mission and the difficulty she had coming home early because of her health.  She discusses the judgment she felt but also the best way to help someone that comes home early from a LDS Mission. As we transition to talking about her miscarriage I had no clue all that she had gone through over the past couple of years. I am so grateful that Tori was willing to share her story and I hope that this interview can help those struggling with the issues that she discussed.

Summer of 2009 serving as Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints