One of the great things about online dating is that you can specify what you are looking for at the very outset. No need to meet and then find out that your partner does not share your values, interests and aspirations in life. This is especially true of faith-based dating sites which allow singles from a similar religious affiliation to meet and one of them is LDS Mingle
LDS Mingle is a personals site which invites followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints who are single and looking for partners. A restorationist Christian denomination, this Church is distinguished by its belief that salvation can be obtained only through Jesus Christ and that Jesus leads the Church by revealing His will to its President, whom followers regard as a modern-day prophet and leader. LDS Mingle is open to any single above eighteen years of age who wishes to have a companion or a partner for a committed relationship. Most of its members appear to belong to United States even though the site has an exhaustive list of international locations from where any user can sign up. In keeping with LDS dating traditions, LDS Mingle does not encourage same-sex love and is limited to straight relationships only. Above all the site does not allow any adult, improper or obscene content which in fact shows its commitment to encouraging serious LDS relationships.
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One of the greatest advantages of signing up with LDS Mingle is its easy and quick registration process. Above all you don’t need to pay anything to sign up and start browsing. Among the details which you are required to submit at the outset are about your gender, physical appearance like body type, height, eye and hair color as well as your background which include education, occupation, marital status as well as your attitude towards having children. This being a specifically LDS dating site, an important section of the signing up process is related to your religious practices; you are asked about how often you attend church, your temple status and whether you have served in a mission. The process is rounded off by enquiring about your geographical location, date of birth, full name, email address as well as your username and password with which you are going to log in to the site. Once registered, you can move on to creating your own dating profile. Here you either come up with a brief self-introduction and finish with a caption or you can take the more elaborate course through several mini-essays about yourself, your expectations from a partner as well as your interests, values and so on. Only the uploading of your photos remains and once you are through with that, your profile is complete.
Most of the basic site features at LDS Mingle are the same as those found on other dating websites of the Sparks Network. As soon as you are registered and have created a profile at LDS Mingle, you can start viewing other profiles, photos and even see who has viewed your profile.
There are enough searching options to help you look for the partner you want. In order to get some quick results, you can search by age, gender and distance from your location. Searching by online status helps you to see all those members who are connected to the site at that particular instance. However if you have particular attributes in mind, you can browse for matches by username or by any part of the profile like education, marital status, occupation and the like. Finally the site allows you to search for matches by photos too – either by viewing randomly-chosen photos or shuffling through large photo galleries.
At LDS Mingle you have several options with which you can communicate with a potential match but to avail those, you need to become a paid member. You can send and receive mails through the site’s Mingle Mail feature which unlike regular email lets your identity remain a secret until you want to reveal it. Then there is instant messaging for a more personal, one-to-one interaction with a member. Or if chatting is more your thing, you can join any one of the several chat rooms at the site which are usually buzzing with activity.
However even if you are a free member, you can still send a smile, flirt or flash to another member indicating that you would like to know him/her better.
LDS Mingle offers two types of membership schemes to its users. The first is free and known as Standard Membership which allows you to create and upload your dating profile and browse through profiles of other members. The second type of membership is known as Premium Membership and costs start from$14.99 for one month with options for discounted quarterly and semi-annual billing as well. Premium members at LDSSingles.com have access to the full range of features at the site.
Among the aspects which seem to work for LDS Mingle are its large member base and a moderate volume of activity on the site. Then there are a couple of interactive features like a Color Coded Personality Profiling as well as a two-way compatibility tool called Ideal Matching. Though neither of these is unique to LDS Mingle and can be found on almost all dating sites which are a part of Sparks Network, still the add-on features serve to increase the level of user interest in the site leading to greater involvement and higher volume of onsite activity which is ultimately good news for all members.
However the fact that you need to become a paid member to carry on any form of communication or even read messages that may have been sent to you by others might work as a dampener. Also there is some amount of distractive advertising on the site.
According to information on the LDS Mingle homepage, the site has merged with another LDS dating website owned by Sparks Network, LDSSinglesConnection.com. With the coming together of these two major sites, LDS singles can now take advantage of an extensive dating pool when looking for love online.