Reviews of LDS Singles and Dating Sites

by Jen on April 23, 2005

WARNING: Don’t be fooled by imitation LDS Singles and Dating sites!

Owners of regular non-LDS singles sites have realized a lot of the singles looking online for love are LDS. They want to cash in on the LDS singles market. So they’ve started advertising saying things like “Find LDS Singles”, etc. But when you click on the ad it takes you to their generic non-LDS singles site.

How can you tell if a site is really for LDS singles only? Well, it’s pretty obvious it’s not an LDS singles site if you don’t see the word LDS in the name of the company or anywhere on the page. But many sites have a way of putting “LDS singles” at the top of the page you’re taken to when you click on their ad for LDS singles. Yup, I see this a lot. So you have to look for other red-flag blunders like these: the about us page says nothing about being LDS, girls pictured on the site or the models on the site are dressed immodestly, the site mentions finding a lover or a fling, the site gives you the option to search same-sex, gay or bi.

Here are our reviews and ratings of the most popular real LDS singles sites:

LDS Singles Rating: (out of 4 stars)

Price: $11.95/month, or less if you pay for several months at once

What’s Free:
-View Profiles
-Create Your Own Profile for Others to View

The Good: There are tons of success stories posted on the site. I didn’t count them, but they say they have over 1,000 success stories.

Doing a free search is quick and easy. I searched for young single males in my area and found a bunch, even ones I know. They were definitely quality guys and not losers.

LDS Singles has cool features like The COMPASS Matching System and Personality Profile, Audio/Video Chat and Instant Messenger, Powerful Search Tools, Unlimited Email, Flirts, Activity Groups, Events, Privacy Settings and more.

When you create a free profile, someone who’s a member can let you know they’re interested in you.

LDS Singles is the real deal. A membership with them may be the best bang for your buck.

The Bad: After a member expresses interest in you from your free profile, you have to become a member in order to contact them back.

Some of the pictures on the website are cheesy looking.

CTR Match Rating: (out of 4 stars)

Price: $2.00/month, or less if you pay for several months at once

What’s Free:
-Free LDS Compatibility Survey
-Send and Read Unlimited, Real Messages
-View detailed profile information, including 1 picture, and a self description paragraph.
-See who matches up best with you according to our matching calculations, including potential points of relationship strength and friction.
-The ability to rate pictures and have it affect your score with them.

The Good: If you’re frugal, CTR Match is for you. The price is really affordable.

You get the feeling that the people behind CTR Match are truly interested in helping singles meet and aren’t just trying to make money. They say their goal is to make the site actually usable for free members, while being more usable for paying customers.

The best feature of this site is that you don’t have to become a member in order to meet and talk to people.

The Bad:You’re paying less, but you’re probably also getting less. It seems like a small company, and maybe a new company that doesn’t have many members yet.

The website isn’t as professional looking as other LDS singles sites.

LDS Mingle Rating: (out of 4 stars)

Price: $11.99/month

What’s Free:
-View Profiles
-Create Your Own Profile for Others to View

The Good: They have almost 400 success stories.

The site is very professional looking.

The Bad: Until you create a free profile you can’t do a free search by area so you get results from all over the world.

LDS Romances Rating: (out of 4 stars)

Price: $19.95/month, or less if you pay for several months at once

What’s Free:
-Create Your Own Profile for Others to View
-Free Trial

The Good: The site also has forums, message boards and LDS links.

You can meet friends without the pressure of feeling like it’s a meat market.

The Bad: It seems like there’s something unprofessional about this company. I don’t know, that’s just my feeling. The website often has misspellings and sentences written in bad English. I’m not against an amateur website or a small business (just look at jenmagazine.com, we’re amateur and a small business), but my problem is that they charge more than the other LDS singles services do, without offering any added benefits.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous April 26, 2005 at 2:04 am

I don’t think ldsromances.com is not professinal.My wife and I just married on April,13th.We met on ldsromances.com.They offered me something special,as well as the professional services.So I suggest people here do not trust anything by the thing you have seen,the best way is to give it a free trial.Then you can see if is worth to do so.

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Anonymous April 30, 2005 at 5:28 am

I think the post above just proved Jen’s point.

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Anonymous October 16, 2005 at 7:52 am

In reviewing the sites listed, I felt that you missed an excellent one ldssinglesnetwork.com. They are continually adding to improve their experience, offer free chat and emailing as well as bonuses to their members. The owners are LDS and active in monitoring the site.

I can’t agree with you however about going with a straight LDS site being the best way to go. Many members are using EHarmony which works well in providing better matches and whose mission statement is to decrease divorce. I did enjoy your article and found out about an LDS site I wasn’t familiar with.

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Anonymous November 8, 2005 at 6:58 am

I just met my girlfriend on LDSsinglesWard.com. It’s LDS owned and they seem to take the extra step to keep the integrity of the site high. They are new, but offer more then any other site. They have video and audio chatrooms and instant messengers and all kinds of other cool things. I recommend them.
http://www.LDSsinglesWard.com

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Anonymous March 16, 2006 at 12:18 pm

I met my wife on LDSplanet.com

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Anonymous May 29, 2006 at 8:32 am

My husband and I met on LDSHearts.com

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Anonymous June 15, 2006 at 12:55 am

hi there 4:03 poster,I am misty, the webmaster of ldsromances.com.
Congratulations to you. Thank you for your good comments and I am very glad that you got married already and you find your partner on ldsromances.com.if you have any suggestion on how to improve our services,feel free to contact me on ldsromances.com.And I will appreciate that you tell me your success story on ldsromances.

thanks a lot.and best wishes to you and your partner.Yours,misty

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Laurie January 19, 2007 at 12:26 am

Also check out LDSLinkup.com. I met my husband there, and everyone I knew in both my singles wards in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City were members of Linkup. Plus, it’s a way to make friends within the Church, to network with professionals, find housing, etc. It’s not just for dating, though I totally recommend it! Plus, it’s free, unless you want a few unnecessary extras!

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Caroline May 28, 2007 at 3:05 pm

I’d like to see what others have to say about LDSPromise.com. I’m on that site, and while it looks very streamlined and safe, I’m also getting no results through my attempts to contact people.

Another thing to note in reviews is how active other members are in the site. It’s great to have a ton of profiles to browse (like LDSSO), but if you can’t contact many of them or they don’t write back, it’s still a frustrating interaction.

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Anonymous June 17, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Ya…LDS Promise doesn’t show any results for me either. There is a newer LDS dating site that films people on dates and has a professional layout. It’s http://www.ldsfusion.com. They just started last month but it looks interest.

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Anonymous August 22, 2007 at 11:27 am

And thanks to misty’s comment we now understand why there is the problem with the site as noted by Jen. Just wanted to thank you Jen, I know now of a lot more sites to check out. Your reviews appear to be intelligent and thoughtful.

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Scott September 6, 2007 at 6:33 am

I belong to most of the major LDS singles groups and personally like LDS Mingle the best, I use it the most. I’ve never had any luck on ldssinge.com I also run one of the largest lds singles lists on yahoo groups and do the Arizona Singles ward page
lds singles list

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Anonymous January 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

um, there’s a LDS single ad right below, would that not make this review bais

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Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Wow lots of typos there it seems too….There are several lds singles sites out on the market. You just need to filter thru which one is best for you. One site I found is even doing background searches on members to make sure they are divorced and dont have any sex crimes in their history..Check them out..Ldslovelines.com

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Steve #2 November 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I’m one of the co-founders of LDS Fusion, so thanks for the recommendation Anonymous (lol), about 5 posts above. Thanks Jen for providing this forum for singles to learn what various options are out there. LDS Fusion is FREE and is owned and monitored by LDS members. We enforce LDS Fusion’s “LDS standards” policy (no trashy photos, crude or vulgar language, must be legally single, etc.), and have occasionally had to remove members for breaching that agreement. It was just launched in May of 2007, but its membership is steadily increasing. (in fact doubling in the last 7 months!) And it is a professionally-done website. 11-26-2008

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Anonymous May 23, 2009 at 11:07 pm

As humans we are quite judgemental of appearance, and if anything is sketchy–especially on the internet–I research it (and have my friends research with me) to thoroughly know what I’m getting into. I agree with most of the comments that say “watch out for professionalism,” because that’s what will sell and attract quality. I’m really glad that this article/comments were here as I did my research, it’s opened many opportunities for more venturing! Like one comment said: one really has to check it out for themself (but not necessarily a trial!) and if it doesn’t feel right don’t pressure yourself to do it! I don’t like meat markets, but I hate getting caught in a scam!! I congratulate all the smart women out there looking out for their personal interests!

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Nelson October 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Just wanted to mention that in my research regarding LDS Singles sites, that CTRMatch.com has apparently ceased operations (according to their website). There are quite a few online dating sites that are specific to LDS Singles, and as mentioned they don't all offer the same services, and are not of equal quality. Also as one of the comments points out, there are many sites that would be perfectly acceptable to use for LDS Singles, with the caveat that you understand that you will probably be contacted by someone who is not LDS from time to time.
I did a post that discusses some LDS and non-LDS sites to look into here 7 Online Sites For LDS Singles and reading your post and the comments gives me a couple of others to look into more closely as time permits.

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Anonymous July 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Many of these sites come and go and some of them have some nice features – I've used several of them, another that wasn't mentioned here is LDSdates.com

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Savannah August 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

Thank you Jen, for your little tutorial and this mini-blog.  I'm deaf and I've been having a difficult time meeting nice LDS guys so I've recently joined several LDS dating sites.  Some I can recommend and some are trash.  Your tutorial is spot on because the pay-sites are far more "legitimate".  The free sites include a lot of fakers and insincere scammers…but not totally.  The only free site I can recommend is ldspals.com.  However, they're small and it's highly unlikely you'll have any success unless you're interested in someone from Eastern Europe or the Philippines..  Two more free sites I've tried are ldssinglesnetwork.com and ldsdates.com.  On these, you'll be lucky to find a dozen active members.  The worst of the free sites is, of course, ldslinkup.com.  Thousands of profiles but most are scammers with (supposidly) local volunteeers to help monitor their system (and many of these seem to be fakers as well).  I could write a paper about how this evil site uses your private information, reads your messages, kicks you off for no reason, signs up only attractive people, coddles their old-time scammers/fakers, etc.  It may be semi-free, but the owners also run a jewish dating site from downtown San Francisco so they're hiding behind the term "LDS" to scam real LDSW people.  Also, the worst embezzlement case I've ever heard of was through their site (lookup $200,00 embezzlement in the Deseret News).  A lot of evil has come out of this particular site and every decent LDS member should avoid this site like the plague!

Anyway, Thanks Jen, for helping to enlighten us singles.

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Gary January 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm

I really dont like the site, lots of fake people and every time you like a pic it writes some crap that you didnt even say….

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