When I discovered that he also was LDS, I suspected some kind of weird conspiracy.
I could not comprehend that such a thing was possible.
As she continued to rattle off a list of about a dozen names, I was shocked to realize that they were all on my favorite student list! Some liked music, some were athletes, while others were into acting or dancing.
I tried to analyze what made these young students so outstanding.
Amanda was very studious and popular with the boys.
Yes, I must admit I developed a mental list of my favorites.
My inability to get to know more about the students’ backgrounds changed several years ago when the school administration started a new counseling program that allowed me to interview different students for about 20 minutes each day.
I told them that I knew only one thing about the Mormon Church, that they raised wonderful kids!
I told the elders that I was not interested in joining their church, but I was curious to learn what doctrines they believed that contributed to such wonderful youth.
Finally I identified one favorite student who was half Asian and half White.
I erroneously assumed that I had finally found a non-LDS favorite student.
Amanda explained to me that she used the word often, particularly with her family, and that it was an important part of her LDS theology.
She was just a junior in high school and I’d known her for three years at this point. Sadly, my only exposure to Mormonism came from what I’d seen on TV shows, such as Big Love.
Amanda started naming other students who were also active in the LDS faith, including Heather, Koby and other students who I admired and respected.