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Coming soon to a TV near you: a 'Mormon Matchmaker' reality show

Published February 28, 2012 12:05 pm

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A cable network is looking for love-starved single Mormons for a new reality show.Participants can be practicing members of the Utah-based faith, new converts or" independents," according to an ad on Salt Lake City's Craiglist.They can be "very involved in the [LDS] Church" or have been raised Mormon but now are following "a different path."The show is slated to be about a "Mormon Matchmaker," the ad says.Participants need to be "ready to let an expert help [them] find the match of [their] dreams?" No word on whether these would be eternal matches. Devout Mormons wed in LDS temples in marriages they believe last into the afterlife.To enter, participants must send their name, phone number, email address, a couple of photos, their age, and where they live. They must also say how long they've been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how involved in it they are.Candidates must also send a few lines about their dating history and what their perfect match might be.The show should have a lot of potential participants and viewers because there are millions of unmarried Mormons. Some say up to a third of adult Mormons in the U.S. are without spouses — and that's in a faith that views marriage as the highest sacrament.Peggy Fletcher Stack