I was caught in one of those awkward conversations with someone you barely know talking about someone you don't know at all.

"Our neighbors down the street," she whispered conspiratorially, "well, she seems great. But her husband? He doesn't go to church at all — he says he doesn't even believe in God!"

Ignoring her obvious scorn, my friend Allison said, "I know him! He's fantastic. He helped us move in a few years ago and taught my son a skateboard trick last week."

I could have hugged and kissed Allison right then and there. Smooooch! That's for you, my friend.

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