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Brigham Young University
  1. The most non-conformist girl in our dormitory
  2. Confidences, confessions, and advice
  3. An intimate little gathering
  4. Girl talk and a run-in with Standards
  5. I just don't belong here
Exmormon
  1. Young Women's
  2. Youth Conference
  3. Saturday's Warrior
  4. Brigham Young University
  5. Polygamist
  6. Temple Wedding
  7. Orem High
  8. Bordeaux Mission
  9. Exmo Conference
Brigham Young University

It turned out that Jake had just found a better-paying job and was considering moving into a studio apartment in Provo instead of commuting in on his motorcycle from his mom's house in Orem. Getting a studio apartment meant necessarily moving into housing that wasn't "BYU-approved" which was against the rules.

Normally it was difficult to get away with living in unapproved housing because you needed to be a member of an official LDS ward to get your ecclesiastical endorsement for continuing enrollment, and your ward is determined based on where you live. But Jake could continue to officially reside at his mom's house and attend her ward even though in reality he would be living somewhere else.

"Guys," I said getting up to close the door, "you really need to close the door if you're going to discuss this sort of thing. Remember that Janie has told us in no uncertain terms that if she ever got wind of any of us breaking the rules she would immediately turn us in to the Honor Code Office. She certainly wouldn't hesitate to turn Jake in if she hears this."

"You're right, Lynn, of course, we weren't thinking," said Cindy.

"And Jake's mom is okay with this plan?" I asked Amy.

"Of course," she replied, "you know she lets him do whatever he wants."

Jake's mom was something of a "jack Mormon." According to Amy's stories, Jake's mom drank, smoked, swore, and regularly had boyfriends spend the night. But she'd lived her whole life in the heart of the Mormon corridor, immersed in the Mormon world, and was nominally a part of it. Therefore she would periodically be persuaded to clean up her act and repent and start attending church again. It never lasted long though, according to Jake.

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EXMORMON

Jake's home bishop and ward were really pleased to see Jake grow up to be a faithful enough Mormon to be worthy to attend BYU given the home he had grown up in. Lately Jake's bishop had been pressuring Jake to commit to going on a mission, but he was still undecided about it.

Jake's mom was apparently indifferent as to whether Jake should go on a mission or not. As Amy said, she essentially let him do whatever he wanted. Amy had once heard Jake's uncle make a disapproving comment about Jake going on a road trip to Las Vegas the previous summer to go to some casinos, and Jake's mom just responded by laughing and saying, "Well, you know, Jake's always been a naughty boy."

I found that in my few seconds of inattention the conversation had already turned to Cindy's new baseball-player hunk Hyrum and the date she had planned with him for Saturday night.

"It's going to be so romantic!" she gushed. "He's planning to make dinner for me at his apartment, and get this -- he just told me today that it turns out that all of his roommates will be away for the whole weekend!"

"Wow, he works fast," said Amy, "sounds like a job for Aunt Julie."

Aunt Julie was Amy and Cindy's maiden aunt who lived in Provo not far from BYU campus. She was a really nice lady, and close with both Amy and Cindy. Also her proximity was particularly convenient because whenever Cindy or Amy wanted to spend the night anywhere other than in their own dorm room, they were officially "staying at Aunt Julie's house."

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