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Though you'll rarely hear about it from a pulpit, Mormon leaders are concerned with the continuity of their religion.

While Pew reports that 64% of all people raised in the faith still identify as Mormons, the church's internal records reveal a bleaker picture.

On Sundays, Brown attended multiple church congregations called "Young Single Adult Wards" that aim to help Mormons ages 18 and up socialize and, ideally, get married. I was booking red-eyes just to attend church somewhere and meet new people.

Some weekends, I would go to three, four, or if I was really ambitious, five wards in one Sunday," Brown said. So much of church revolves around dating."Inside these chapels, marital concerns and sexual frustration (Mormon doctrine prohibits premarital sex, regarding it as "second only to murder in its seriousness") figure prominently into the service.

After a semester, Sewell returned home to Arizona, where she prayed for help finding a husband.

"I met a girl on Tinder who seemed to be ridiculously awesome."Brown's realization is a radical idea within Mormonism -- one only found on the fringes of the faith.

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.

Curious eyes wander the pews, scoping out the well-groomed singles while hymns are sung and the sacrament is passed.

In the pulpit, leaders announce upcoming social events planned to help teetotaling Mormons get to know each other.

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In his meeting with single women this summer, he said leadership became especially concerned by unmarried Mormons about a decade ago.