LAYTON, Utah – To local teens Gary and Judy Youngston every morning is the same. They get up, brush their teeth, make their lunches and then confront the sleeping giant – Mom.

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The bed that Mom is forced to vacate in order to drop her children off at early-morning seminary.

“It’s just such a trial to get her up in the mornings,” 14-year-old Gary says. “She just doesn’t understand the blessings that come from early-morning seminary.”

The Youngstons say the cycle begins with a gentle knock at Mom’s door. “Good morning, it’s time to get up!” they say. No response.

The knocks become more desperate 20 minutes later. The Youngstons say they’ll often be forced to enter Mom’s room only to find her still asleep five minutes before they need to be out the door.

“She’ll toss and turn in bed – throw a little tantrum,” 16-year-old Judy says. “Sometimes she’ll say she’s ‘not feeling well’ and I think, ‘come on, Mom. Do you think we were born yesterday’?”

After months of struggling to get Mom out the door, the Youngstons have started to question whether or not it’s worth the effort.

“If we continue to force her to get up and take us to seminary in the morning we run the risk of estranging her from the program even more. We want it to be a positive experience, but sometimes we think it might just be better to cut our losses and let her sleep,” Gary says. “At the end of the day all we can do is love her.”

The Youngstons say that their patience does occasionally run out, at which point they approach their father for help – something neither of them likes to resort to. Brother Youngston is reportedly much more successful at getting Mom up and out the door in the morning. The teens say that a stern “Get up or no WiFi for a week” from Dad usually does the trick.


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