"My father was taught the same morals that I was taught and my sons were taught the same thing." This immutable moral code can make life complicated for young Mormons living in an increasingly sexualized culture, but, as Weber notes, Te'o would not have been without a support system.
But even the resources of the church can seem small compared to the pressure to appear 'normal' when at the mercy of public scrutiny.
But, according to some LDS scholars, his Mormon faith might.
Stephen Weber, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chaplain at Yale University, has worked with thousands of Mormon college students in his 35-year career.
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Dates often occur in group settings, with the emphasis on exclusive relationships generally delayed until the early college years.
In this sense, Weber explains, the dating lives of Mormon young people are much like the majority culture.
The voice on the other end of the telephone line offered emotional support but reduced temptations.
This girl could be his biggest fan without becoming his biggest distraction.
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