Diane, you wrote that the mantra for the year was taken out of context from a Biblical verse, and this part sounds out of context too, in a way. In the Book of Job, Satan tempted Job to go against God, after God gave him permission to do so. Did the HA leaders never take into account, then, the possibility that maybe God would allow Satan to tempt the students this way as a test of their faith? It’s so extreme to immediately assume the worst of something so innocent as talking to a member of the opposite sex — but then, everything about this experience sounds extreme.

A couple of my old friends attended the HA in 2012 or 2013. I’ve never talked to them about it; we’re not close friends anymore, but it really makes me wonder about their experiences and what they might have gone through, how it might have affected them. Thank you for sharing your story!

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