My paper got soaked in the thunderstorm this morning and when I went to the site to order a replacement, I found this story in the news link box.

Essentially, these parents kidnapped their 21-year old daughter to prevent her marriage. It seems odd to me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the daughter says that their objections had nothing to do with her intended. Secondly, it was mentioned that the marriage was to take place in the Salt Lake temple. I thought perhaps that the parents objected to their daughter’s conversion but the father’s name is Lemuel. It’s still possible that that is their objection but it seems odd.

The County Attorney charging the parents, Kay Bryson, said “”It is strange that parents would go to that extent to keep an adult daughter from marrying the man that she had chosen to marry.”

Their determination doesn’t seem strange to me. Legally she’s an adult; emotionally she’s their child and their responsibility. I don’t see myself actually doing it to one of my children (unless I had incontrovertible proof that their intended is dangerous) but I could see myself wishing to do it.

What do you think and how would you have handled the situation if it were you?