It was love at first sight! It all began with a legal procedure. Upon seeing this gorgeous bombshell legal secretary sitting behind a typewriter at his Attorney’s firm in Ogden, Utah, this recently divorced man’s only thoughts were, “how can I win this Marilyn Monroe look-alike over?” His only logical approach was to turn his monthly child support visits into weekly ones just to get another chance with her; and never mind the engagement ring on her finger. He was not taking “no” for an answer, and luckily for him, his tenacity paid off. He was finally afforded a soda pop date that lead to another date with a huge question.
His best friend was soon to be married down in Southern Utah, and the thought of spending the entire weekend with her was tantalizing and so he invited her to go for the wedding by persuading her that riding down with his mom would help her feel less awkward. She really thought it was a crazy thing to do, but this boy was so persistent. She realized it would be difficult to go away for that long without her fiancé finding out, and so she made up an alibi and gave her mother strict instructions about what to tell him if he asked her whereabouts: She would be in Idaho visiting one of her BYU roommates for the weekend.
She was now off to his best friend’s wedding at the St. George temple and his reception in Logandale, Nevada. Little did she know what events would follow on that fateful weekend 55 years ago last September. Taking precedence over his honeymoon, the boy’s best friend stopped he and his date after the reception to give him some spiritual advice that would change his life forever. He said, “why don’t we all knell down together in prayer and ask Heavenly Father if you two should get married?”. After that prayer, the spirit didn’t only whisper, it sang in four-part harmony to the affirmative. Soon, one marriage turned into two after a quick drive to Las Vegas…(the Justice of the Peace, Myron Leavitt, was off at the time, but because he happened to be a mutual cousin to both the boy and his best friend’s bride, he made an exception). The story ended with another, very different legal procedure in the Clark County court house; the marriage of my parents! Several years later, my parents were sealed in the Logan, Utah temple. It was the beginning of my parent’s eventual 35 years together before his untimely passing at age 56, but not the end of their eternal marital bond made possible through the power of the Melchizedek priesthood.
My parent’s love story was guided by the hand of God and has won over many hearts with it’s humor and uniqueness. Although my parent’s marriage wasn’t perfect, I always knew they loved each other. Their devotion and love for each other was tangible and deep. They really set such a standard to me in so many ways about what life and love is really about and how to trust in God by acting with faith in everything we do. I learned by example from them as they remained true and faithful to their marital vows and covenants made within the holy temple of God. They taught me that my purpose in life was to receive a healthy and beautiful body that I would learn to train as I remained true to gospel principals and my own ordinances and covenants that would eventually lead me to my future eternal spouse.
The greatest part of love is procreation and the cycle of life. New life espoused within each of us should be treated with the greatest respect. The Savior’s love for each of us is the greatest teacher in life of sacrifice and charity. Thanks to my parent’s love of Jesus Christ, their sacrifices made for Him, for one another and for us, my siblings and I were better prepared for my father’s tragic death. My earthly parents taught me the greatest lessons of these basic evolving and eternal life principals that I’ve always known forever in my soul, and now, I have faith that my children will perpetuate what my husband and I have taught them, and hopefully, each generation adds upon the strengths of the other for good.
P.S. Sadly, my mom broke the news to her sister who then had to break the bad news to my Mom’s (x)fiancé that she had gone and eloped.