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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