According to one of the leaked Church videos, which showed a presentation before the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, one of the most serious issues facing the Church today is the retention rate of young adults. In the US and Canada this rate is 30%. This means that 70% of our young adults are leaving the Church. Overseas this rate is 80%. While we could argue why this is happening the shear number of members who are leaving the Church seems almost mind numbing. If the Church was a business, having a 70% failure rate would be fatal.
I read a book the other day that offered up both a unique and controversial solution to this problem. In it the author argues that of all the issues affecting members in a negative way at the heart of them all is a misunderstanding of our true human nature, especially human sexuality. Drawing on evolutionary psychology the book has two parts. In part one is the story or a young girl named Tiny Cloud who lived in our pre-history among a group of hunter/gathers. Part two of the book is a number of essays written by the author which explains in detail the theories used to create the fictional part of the book. The goal of the book is to provide couples and young adults with a tool to solve some of the more troubling aspects of human sexuality.
I have used some of the ideas from the book with my clients. I highly recommend it to anyone in the Church who has, without any success, been looking for someone or something to help with sexuality related issues.
The name of the book is "The Secret of Tiny Cloud" and it is available at Amazon in both print and e-book versions. Here is a link. The Secret of Tiny Cloud