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Oct 09

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Here in church, his role is supportive husband. Kamper strokes Brooks’ back when she weeps. Tears fall when her eyes close in prayer.In a small classroom afterward, she meets with four high school students, three of whom are heading to BYU in the fall. When she meets with them, she says she sees herself at their age.The Book of Mormon, the introduction of an additional scripture, “was a bold claim,” she tells them. “I think that’s why Mormons are bold. We’re OK being different.”Trusting God’s planThe girls plop down at the kitchen table, feasting on leftover funeral potatoes. They start humming the “Muppet Show” theme song and then, after rattling off some of their favorite Simon and Garfunkel titles, bust into the chorus of “Mrs. Robinson.”

Each night at dinner, the girls lead the family in prayer. Sometimes their words are inspired by their Mormonism; other times they honor the Jewish side of themselves.They’re being raised to be part of both religious traditions. They celebrate Christmas, Easter and Pioneer Day, which marks the day in 1847 when Mormon pioneers first entered now-Utah. The family also observes Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover. Because Kamper likes to host a big Passover seder each year, Brooks decided the family would also host a Mormon seder on Pioneer Day, featuring her favorite recipes, including her “Green Goddess” Jell-o salad.

One month the girls attend Sunday school at church; the next they can be found in Hebrew school.“It can be challenging because I have to learn one thing and then another thing,” Ella says. “But it can be fun, too, because I know I’m special.”Brooks doesn’t worry about their kids. All she can do is be responsible for her own choices and give them a rich spiritual life, she says. They’ll be free to decide what path they want to travel. “God has a plan for everyone, and everything is going to work out,” she says. “I’m not afraid for them.”Nor is Kamper, though he admits he’s starting to realize some rabbis might balk if the girls want bat mitzvahs.