A formal alternative: LDS teens attend prom sponsored by the church
A formal alternative
LDS teens attend prom sponsored by the church
By Nancy Needham, Correspondent
April 19, 2006
When going to a high school prom became more of a concern than a much-anticipated milestone, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to provide their youth with a prom alternative.
“The reason our stake started to host prom two years ago was to give our young people a chance to practice dating and social skills and to give them a place to go when they felt uncomfortable with the high school’s music, dress styles and behavior,” said Melissa Ryther, Thousand Oaks youth leader. A stake is an organized area of the LDS church determined by geographical boundaries.
As a result, some 300 16- to 18-year-olds from Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oxnard and Camarillo attended a prom April 7 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where the young women wore modest dresses, the music was wholesome, the dancing was decent and the price tag was reasonable.