The Mormon mystique

LAST Monday evening, 20 young men and women gathered a block from campus inside a brick building known as the Institute. Most were University of Montana students. All were Mormon and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They perched on maroon chairs in a meeting room and looked expectantly at Brad Groesbeck, the night’s moderator, who kept a close eye on the time.

It was past 7 p.m., yet Family Home Evening, the event they were assembled for, couldn’t start. Axel Yount, president of the Latter-day Saints Student Association, who was supposed to give the opening spiritual thought, was missing.

Groesbeck’s cell phone jangled. It was Yount, who explained that due to a traffic malfunction, he was stuck downtown, but was on his way.

To pass the time, Hosanna Holmquist tapped out Pachelbel’s Canon on the piano. Holmquist, an Irish Studies minor, who has yet to declare a major, has taken eight years of piano, though she’d prefer for someone else to play during these weekly meetings.

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