Mormon Prom: Southern California Teens Attend Alternative Dance

By Karen Lake

They rocked and rolled but didn't trash the place. Southern California youth who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended the annual Mormon Prom on March 17 at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

Young people ages 16-18 from Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and Laguna Niguel congregations were invited to join the seventh-annual event.

“It is all about having wholesome fun and a positive dating experience while being with a group of youth that share the same high standards,” said Marci Paul, the Young Women President for Foothill Ranch.

Jordan Procuniar of Portola Hills asked his mother, Anne, if she could help plan a dinner for him and his seminary class (a daily, early-morning high school religion class). He thought it would be good to be together before the dance and there wouldn’t be a large expense. Anne Procuniar, mother of six, asked other mothers for a little help and put on a grand-looking dinner for 36 at the Portola Hills Community Clubhouse while only charging $10 per couple.