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After about two or three minutes, though, Y and Z suddenly started walking away, and took up a spot by the wall on the far side of the hall. As far as anyone could tell by looking at us, we didn't even notice that they had left, but in reality it was a harsh blow to see that they would rather walk away to go stand in another place for no apparent reason instead of joining our pleasant conversation. We continued chatting for a few minutes so it wouldn't look like we lost interest just because Y and Z were gone, but it wasn't long before we remembered that we wanted to talk to Mindy, so we excused ourselves to go find her.

We took Mindy aside and asked her if we could all go somewhere and talk privately.

"Well, I'm on duty," she said jokingly, "but there are plenty of other chaperones here, so I can probably get away with a short break."

So we took her outside to our private spot on the brick wall and let her in on our secret. Mindy was twenty-six years old, but at heart she was as much a schoolgirl as we were, so she was at least as excited about the whole secret project as Amy was. We easily got her to agree to drop the package off in front of the door to Y and Z's room during the night so that there was no chance of her being seen.

"Ah, what fun!" she said, "This reminds me of when I was at BYU!"

"You anonymously gave heart-shaped cookies to guys when you were at BYU?" I asked, astonished.

"Well, not that in particular, but we used to do that sort of thing," she replied. This amazed me since I thought that it was already a bit childish for fifteen-year-olds to be doing such a thing, so I couldn't imagine what kind of college students would think that this was a good idea.

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"It must be easier to attract guys at BYU than at an event like this, though," I protested, "so you shouldn't have had to resort to this kind of silly tactics."

"Oh, no, no, it's much worse," Mindy said. "It's true that when I was there there were more male students than female students, but that was just because the girls would usually drop out when they got married. In the singles wards, the girl-boy ratio was something like three to two."

"Why do you think that is?" I asked.

"Everyone knows that even though the holiest people -- the prophets and General Authorities and such -- are men, the spiritual duds that go inactive and leave the church tend to be men too. Women are more faithful and spiritual on average. It's kind of like how in school the genius and the flunk-out stoner are usually both boys while the girls all bring home B's and C's and end up having a higher GPA on average than the boys. Plus the boys that are the top students are really focused on their careers, so even good Mormon boys will often choose another university over BYU if it has a really good program in this or that specialization. The girls just want to get married, so they go where the boys are. Sure they outnumber the available guys by quite a lot at BYU, but that's still the place where you'll find the highest concentration of faithful, marriageable Mormon guys, so we all go there to try our luck."

Mindy's luck must not have been all that good since she graduated from BYU with her degree in "family science" (i.e. Home Ec.) and came back just as single as when she left. I couldn't bear to agree that there was any truth to her characterization of girls and boys. In my school I was one of the top students, and I liked to imagine that I was as focused on my future as the boys were -- and not just on earning my "MRS" degree, as they say.

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