Dating mormon girl
The voice on the other end of the telephone line offered emotional support but reduced temptations.
Young men and women raised within the LDS church are counseled to wait until age 16 to begin dating.
But, as she was speaking at the church near Salt Lake City, the microphone was turned off and she was asked to sit down.
A man then addressed the congregation, using the same mic, telling them he was grateful that the “Heavenly Father has made us all unique”.
And, perhaps more importantly, a relationship conducted over the phone and Internet could move at a pace suitable for a shy Mormon young man.
Leaving room for this fuller vision of Te'o's motivation, reporters and readers alike may be able to move beyond assertions of stupidity to a kinder conclusion of naïve innocence.