In a nutshell: come live with us, go to church, get a job, learn Pennsylvania Dutch, do all this for a year and then get educated in the ways of the church, and finally, get voted in by the church. Voila. It’s that simple.
Simple but far from easy. A handful have done it, but not without sacrifice and struggle. Why do they go through with it? ‘A woman’, joked one Amishman I know. ‘That’s usually what’s involved.’
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