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Temple Wedding
  1. Persona non grata
  2. How little do you know me after all these years?
  3. A question of perspective
  4. The people who weren't allowed to attend the ceremony in the temple
  5. You can't choose your family
  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
Temple Wedding

"Rex, you shouldn't upset your mother like that," said Rex's dad. "You keep telling us you want us to treat you like an adult. Well for that you need to act like one. Giving alcohol to underage kids isn't a very grown-up thing to do."

Rex stepped away from the bench and stood up to his full stature. He was tall, with broad shoulders. He had rage in his eyes he looked at his father, but it was clear that he didn't know what to say in response.

Rex's father continued. "Do you realize that what you've done is against the law?"

At that Rex cocked a smile. "Well it's lucky for me then that Mom destroyed the evidence."

Then Rex's dad lost his cool for the first time. "Do you think this is funny?" he asked angrily. "Do you think this is some sort of joke? You come strutting in here like you own the place, and then you proceed to do whatever you want without any regard for the rules and the values of this household. If this is how you're going to behave, I don't know why you bothered to come back here at all."

Rex turned to me. "Come on Lynn," he said. "Boys, get your things."

"Oh, no you don't," said Rex's mother. "I'm taking these boys home myself. You've done enough damage already." Sam and Joe looked like they really regretted ever having gotten into the car with Rex and Jared in the first place.

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Rex turned to leave, and I followed.

His mother called after him "And I'm going to tell their parents what you did, so that they'll know to keep their boys away from you!"

Rex stopped and faced her. "Please don't do that, Mom. If you tell Sam's parents, you'll just get me into trouble with Lynn's family."

"You should have thought of that before making trouble, young man," she replied.

"But you'll get the boys into trouble too, and it wasn't their fault," he said.

"Oh, don't worry," said Rex's mom. "I'll make sure their parents understand that this is one-hundred percent your fault!"

I grabbed my jacket, and we walked out the door.

"I can't believe them!" Rex said fiercely, making a fist.

"Rex, if you're angry, let me drive," I said.

Reaching the car he took a breath. "No, no, I'm okay," he said, and he opened the car door and we both got in.

It was kind of funny that we were taking their car, considering. But it was clear that they wanted us to leave, and we couldn't very well do that without the car since our hotel was on the other side of town.

Rex pulled the car out of the driveway and started down the road. He still seemed pretty upset about what had happened.

"It's not that bad," I said. "This same exact thing happens to me all the time. Well, maybe not exactly, but essentially. Look on the bright side -- you have only one set of wacky parents to deal with, I have two. We'll get to relive these same adventures with my other set tomorrow."

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