Highlights of the article: In short, it’s a buyer’s market in which men are the buyers and women are the commodities.So, in a church so obviously geared toward men, why are so many of them leaving?
Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa (who also happens to be ex-LDS) considers it an unexpected byproduct of the growing importance of the mission in the life of Mormon men; faced with the choice to serve or not (at a young age when they may not be fully ready to commit), many have chosen to leave.
The more pressure to serve, the more they feel obligated to leave altogether if they don’t meet this requirement (rather than remain and lose status in the community).
Thus the early Church consisted of congregations served by deacons, run by priests, and supervised by bishops.
Or if you dislike words of Greek origin, we could say that early congregations had a board, ministers, and a district superintendent.
It is not rare to see a younger guy and an older woman date and have a very intense sexual and romantic relationship, which defies the traditional “older man, younger woman” set-up that we are used to seeing. First, the fact that such a dating situation is still somewhat taboo makes is all the more enticing and exciting.
Many younger guys are driven to women who are 10 years older than they are or more, as these women are often more confident and more sexually driven and passionate than the younger women.
If there were several elders, the leader was called the and became the English word bishop.
In the early days, bishops rode circuits, as the Apostle John did (Revelation 1-4). Their function is incompletely described in the New Testament, but they seem to have been administrators.
I recently read a very interesting article in Time Magazine about the LDS (and Jewish) dating scene.