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Published: Wednesday, May 14 2014 1:55 p.m. MDT

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Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

a colleague was the first faculty member to cancel a dance half way through at an HBCU because of the suggestive music and dancing. The students were up set until the president of the college started receiving calls of support for the action from parents and pastors who realized that at least there was one faculty member willing to take the heat for upholding their standards.

AZUtahn
Gilbert, AZ

We just had a spring formal aka "Mormon prom" here in Gilbert az last weekend with more than 1300 kids in attendance. Huge amount of effort to set up but a huge success. Next year our stake pres is going to invite the local high school principals so they can see the difference and that there is a huge group of kids wanting a dance with higher standards.

Jill24NJ
SUSSEX, NJ

The kids I know that went had a wonderful time! A co worker had seen the article in the NJ Star Ledger and brought up the topic at lunch. A good time was had by all, and it has been talked about among their friends. It's nice to see kids dressing modestly, not paying the ridiculous amount of money for fancy dresses and limos, and still having a wonderful time.

Paul in MD
Montgomery Village, MD

First, the caption of the photograph is a little misleading. What the students are doing is not the normal paired dancing, even at LDS dances. It is one of several line dances, like the Electric Slide or the Chicken Dance.

Mormon Prom isn't limited to New Jersey. We've been doing the same thing, for the same reasons, here in Maryland for quite some time. Modest girls drive themselves crazy trying to find a dress for prom because modest dresses aren't sold in most stores here. They order them, make their own, buy immodest dresses and have them altered, anything to find a nice dress that doesn't make them feel like they are cheapening themselves just to go to a formal dance. Moms with sewing abilities become very popular in the weeks leading up to prom!

Gemini
Australia, 00

The youth should be applauded that support these "modest" events, whatever their religious affiliation.

I live in Australia where we don't hold prom like the U.S., but a formal in their senior years. It took weeks of searching for a modest dress which in the end was purchased from a Utah retailer. Every one of my daughter's friends said that she looked amazing. They on the other hand spent the night tugging their dresses either up or down depending on whether they were strapless or too short or both! Add alcohol to the night and my daughter (being the ONLY mormon at the school), still looked fabulous at the end of the night. Modesty goes out the window with alcohol and suggestive music and dance.

If we had the numbers, we'd do the same here. In the meantime, we settle for our Stake or regional dances where these standards are upheld.

Congratulations on influencing so many. I am amazed that since 2006 not more local newspapers or even the news stations have not been invited to report on this event. I wonder how the local school principals will take it next year once they are invited?

gmawendy
GARLAND, TX

So HAPPY, someone decide to do this for the High School kids. Didn't have this option when I was in high school.

Goldminer
Salem, ut

Hope it was written about in the local newspapers and non-members are welcomed to attend. And don't turn it into a missionary event.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Former BYU player who is a broadcaster in his city has been doing this for a while. (Y can't I remember his name - starts with a V)
Good for them.
We used to have "Gold & Green" balls. Some might remember.
I think it's important that the youth programs in our Church teach dancing to our youth, so they can dance appropriately. We used to do that in our branch.

my two cents777
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Bravo! We have a 12 year old granddaughter who is very cognizant of modest dress- and she looks every bit as cute as any other girl on her school campus. She would never consider wearing a "belly shirt" or short shorts. She is lovely and pure and intends to stay that way until she marries. When she is the appropriate age we will travel the 200 miles to Gilbert, AZ so she can enjoy their modest prom. I love this idea!

Northstar
Logan, UT

Happy that someone was willing to sponsor a dance for them.

As a senior single adult in Utah, it would be great if some church organization in the Salt Lake Valley would step up to that also.

Now that the LDS Singles Spring Lane dance has been recently cancelled, it appears that there are ZERO dances in SLC that are church sponsored for LDS senior single adults. Yes, one can go to commercially/privately sponsored dances. Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge, Draper Mall Dance. But there are no "priesthood" endorsed dances.

Something just seems wrong with this picture. Disappointed.

Northstar
Logan, UT

@ Star Bright

Are you referring to Vai Sikahema? He is in the Philadelphia area at the moment? And isn't he also currently a stake president?

Opinionated
Sandy, UT

While I applaud "Matt" for going to this dance, if I were there with him, I would ask him "Why are you going to the school prom when you know there will be "inappropriate dress, music, and dancing"?

PacificCreek
Puyallup, WA

This is a phenomenon that happens all over the country. It was fun the last few weeks to see my Daughter go to Mormon Prom (or MoPro in Teen Slang) and then see all the pictures roll in from friends across the country as they went to their separate LDS Sponsored proms. In our community it is a well known event and people outside the church know it is happening. Several teachers at the high school asked LDS kids if they were going and who they were taking. Lots of effort went into turning a church gym into a beautiful venue for the teenagers to have fun at.

WRK
Riverton, UT

It is very interesting to me that the people who started this did not sue the school because their rights were violated, but instead found a way to leave other people's rights alone and do something that was more in line with what they believed. Maybe if more people did that, we could still have prayer in schools, but I doubt it.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

Nothing says fun like a parents room at the prom! families at the prom isn't it about time!

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

Yes Northstar: That's exactly who I mean. Thanks. He was written up too and I think in the paper back there. It wasn't limited to LDS, but it was the same limitations. Good for these good people.
Thanks, at least I got the V right In his first name.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

truth in all forms: I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but the article says the room was for parents who were travelling a long way and needed some place to hang out while the dance was going on.
I wish more parents would go to the high school dances and see what passes for dancing. I think around here it's pretty tame to the dances back east.
My handsome, level headed grandson counted the cost of the dance, suit, corsage, dinner, etc (even thought the dinner was at one house) and decided it wasn't worth it. That's too bad B/C the Jr prom happens only once.

floridagirl
Palmetto, FL

I think many places do this in the country. We do it here in Florida but they go all out. Mormon prom is about five stakes here in Florida, each stake president allocates money from their budget. They have it at a lovely place, catered, pictures, etc. The kids love it.

Lyle
Springville, UT

"I think it's important that the youth programs in our Church teach dancing to our youth, so they can dance appropriately."

Very good point! It's pretty simple to dance inappropriately.

ksampow
Farr West, Utah

Outstanding! Every region (multi-stake group) should plan an alternative prom like this!

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