Imagine an LDS woman, 18 years old, who has lived her entire life far from the centers of Mormonism. Next fall, she plans to attend BYU. What will she experience?
I suspect that some aspects of BYU will shock her, though not in the same way that BYU shocked me as a non-member. Indeed, I expect that her experience will be quite different from mine. While I went to BYU as a religious minority, this young woman will find herself part of the majority religion for the first time. Will that create any special challenges for someone whose self-image seems to be strongly tied to her status as a religious minority?
The larger issue, I suppose, relates to the similarity of those who experience Mormonism as a majority religion to those of us who experience Mormonism primarily as a minority religion. Framing the discussion in that way might be more fruitful because it can avoid some of the peculiarities of BYU within the majority culture.
Then again, I am less interested in the abstract question because that young woman is my daughter.