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Published: Thursday, March 14 2013 8:50 a.m. MDT

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Dulles, VA

I hate flash mobs, and this one was terribly unattractive.

Orem, UT

Glad after two years he felt the same...a lot happens in two years! Congrats!

Colorado Reader
Littleton, CO

Just wrong on so many levels!! If this were my son, I would have some serious issues with this girl!!!! And my son!!!

Lindon, UT

That's embarrassing.

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

Flash mob? Really???

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I, too, didn't see anything "cute" about this. @ Lindon Man and Johnny Triump, I echo your comments. Give the young man 1-2 weeks to "get home" and unwind just a bit. The word I thought of viewing the video was "awkward."

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Exactly Johnny. I thought Mormon missionaries were not allowed to hug and kiss someone of the opposite sex. What's up with that? Cute idea, terrible timing. Let him be released first.

the greater outdoors, UT

Isn't it so nice that these 2 returned missionaries didn't have to get "permission" from Johnny Triumph, Lindon man or SocalReader? They didn't do this for you, they did it for themselves.

If this is how they want to celebrate the end of their missionary service -- good for them! If they want to propose -- good for them!

As for the overzealous concern about what the stake president might feel about it, no need to worry since you aren't his stake president. And in my humble opinion, I'd bet he didn't give a rip --- so you do you with all your judging?

I'm always amazed at how people on these threads look for the negative in every single situation. I feel sorry for you.

Sanpete, UT

Nice to know where the priorities are. Kissing your girlfriend when you're still wearing the plaque is a big deal, buddy. I would be quite upset if I was his local leader and one of the GAs.

They waited 2 years. They couldn't wait 2 more hours to get him released so he wasn't a missionary anymore? Says a lot to me.

I try not to pass judgment, but missionaries are the group I think about the most and rule obeying, and this kid busted a HUGE one.

Salt Lake City, UT

OK, let me do some math here. They met in April 2010, and if he's coming home from a two-year mission in March 2013 math would indicate that he left in March of 2011. So they knew each other for a total of less than a year before he left. While he was gone they had contact of the lovey-dovey type but had no interactions with each other on a day-to-day basis. Now they are making the ultimate commitment to each other less than a month after he come back.

Why do I see a very high potential for this ending badly?

freedom in 2017
paradise, UT

some will do anything for 15 minutes of "fame". i'll bet he was really "engaged" in the work while planning this dopey proposal.
i heard Lagoon was contacted to have their marriage performed on a rollercoaster.

Lyman, WY

First of all very, very weird. Secondly, I think that this was wrong to do at the airport, right after he got home, and lastly I saw a flash mob with the same song, and a guy proposing to his girlfriend about two weeks ago on facebook. I think this girl saw this and copied it. By the way the flash mob I saw two weeks ago had people, who could actually dance and was kind of cute, this one was ridiculous.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Except Charles, he was not a returned missionary. He was still a missionary and thus broke some major missionary rules with that little episode. Therefore, there is no "judging" involved here. Stick to the facts.

the greater outdoors, UT

Great to see the judgmental nuts still out on the threads. If everyone could only be as good as each of you detractors are in your lives. Post it on YouTube for everyone to see please.

How do you know he was released in the field Nellie? But please list all the "major missionary rules" that were broken. Name them one by one. I eagerly await your detailed response and where all these rules are written down. Ready, set, go.

Puyallup, WA

ok you guys! "Every party needs a pooper, that's why we invited you, party pooper!"!!

Sanpete, UT


1. Hugged a girl not related to him.
2. KISSED a girl.
3. Proposed while a missionary
4. Allowed someone to propose to him, and accepted.

Those are major rules that I named one by one.

the greater outdoors, UT


Again, where is this manual that has the rules that YOU put forward as fact? I hugged every person that I baptized while in the font, male and female. I must have been a horrible missionary in your narrow view.

I didn't kiss any girls on my mission but I got a new companion who had a girlfriend. Guess what, he wasn't sent home. I did get kissed by a few grandma's while on my mission. Should I call Pres Monson and "repent"?

Again, how do you know he wasn't released from his mission BEFORE he got home? Hmmmmm

So please, take your judgmental attitude and check it at the door. The self-righteousness of Mormons, particularly Utah Mormons is nauseating.

But as I asked before, show me that manual you speak of!

Sanpete, UT


It's called the Missionary Handbook, AKA "White Bible". It lists the rules of missionaries, and every single one of those is in there.
How do I know he wasn't released? I'm guessing by the plaque on his suit. Full time missionaries are told to take the plaque off when they're released.
It's not him having a girlfriend that's bad. I had lots of comps with girlfriends, but guess what, they didn't kiss anyone either. However, our area President did send home missionaries for kissing girls, because it's a severe rule breaking.
I can't show you the manual through a computer, but every missionary in the world has it, and is told to carry it. It fits in the shirt pocket.

Mesa, AZ

Just saw it on CNN website, so it's going viral just like the BYU campus kiss me I'm Irish video shown on the NBC Today Show this morning.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, after reading all the negative comments here, I thought, "Where's the fun and spontaneity in Mormon culture?" (I saw the video in full on an Oklahoma website since the DN video wasn't working.)

I felt that this couple had thought things over very seriously about getting married. And this was a great way to make it "official."

Gosh, they gave a couple of years of service each to the Mormon church. They're obviously committed Mormons. Can't they be trusted to make these decisions at the right time for them?

Does the guy have to be "released" before he can hug his girl?

Life doesn't always come with a my-way-or-the-highway manual. That's why it's called "life."

I think I'll show these negative comments to the next missionaries who come to my door, when I give them my "No thanks." I'd rather have a joyful life (just as Mormons say we're here to have).

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