I have a friend, a convert to the church, who is handsome, faithful, smart, gainfully employed, and lonely beyond words. I had lunch with him yesterday and was horrified to see the depth of his loneliness: he pays for a membership in some kind of email exchange involving improbably beautiful Eastern European women. It’s not porn, but it’s unseemly nevertheless. Invariably, these “women” will ask him for a few hundred Euros to come and visit him. A scam, in other words. I think he’s fallen for it because everything is in English and his English is ropey. I’ve decided to suggest to him some cyber-alternatives.
I am vaguely aware of LDS dating websites. I know a Mormon guy in darkest Wales who met his American wife this way. It’s easy to snicker, but in a branch with only three women in it — all over 80 — this was perhaps the only way he would ever be able to participate in the Great Mormon Breeding Project. I’ve also heard a few horror stories about these sites involving the usual internet skulduggery, but I guess I’d rather my pal make friends with fake Mormon people online than Russian gangsters.
So, anyone have any experience with these things? Any recommendations? (And lest you think this is some dodgy front for any bipartisan activities of my own, it was Rebecca who suggested I post this!)