ST. JOSEPH, Mich.— Espera Tepido has prayed every day for the past year for a nice Adventist boyfriend this side of the Second Coming.
The 16-year-old began making the urgent prayer request one Sabbath morning last year, after her pastor preached that there would be no dating or marrying in heaven.
Horrified, Tepido resolved right there and then to redouble her efforts to snag a boyfriend while there was still time.
Ever since that fateful Sabbath, Tepido has anxiously scanned news headlines to reassure herself that the Time of Trouble is still some ways off.
She has spent the balance of her time scanning promotional brochures and Facebook feeds from every Adventist college in the country for cute prospects.