The News' requests for comment from LDS church and from IRI were not returned.
The church’s moves—and alleged backhanded attempts to shut down the site—came as a surprise to founders Jonathan Eller and Matthew La Pointe.
The two come from Mormon pioneer families and claim a deep and authentic belief in the tenets of Mormonism. "I'm hoping we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
I don't want to do any harm to the church." Representatives for the church reportedly wrote to the company that was hosting Mormon Match and asked for it to be taken offline immediately.
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We feel that all of the LDS singles sites listed above are legitimate services and that is why we are making this comparison.