After I graduated high school, I went on a mission to Texas.
I came home two years later and soon after got a job in sales. I heard a few people talking about their experiences meeting people on your website, and just as I did before my mission, I mocked them. I gave them all sorts of jive about, "What kind of a person do you expect to find on the internet anyway? Only desperate losers meet on the internet! You might as well get yourself a mail-order bride from Russia!" More and more I heard people talking, at work, and other places as well, about their experiences with your website. Finally, my best friend was even finding dates and having fun because of LDSmingle.com So, in the back of my mind, I thought, "I guess if I ever have time, I'll check it out".
One day, I was buying stuff on the internet and trying to get help on a subject I can't remember. I was about to turn off the computer when I was finished, but I thought, "Wait, I guess I'll check out that LDS dating thing." So I went to the site and made myself a profile thinking, "What's the worst that could happen? I might get all of about one date off of this thing, but I don't picture it getting any deeper in trouble than that."
I answered the questions, filled in the blanks, etc. and even took the personality test. I don't know why I took my time to fill it all out so well. I wasn't even hoping to meet someone, I just wanted to check it out. But when all was done, I clicked something that instantly found me women that fit my criteria.
And there she was on the first page or two! "briarrose24". She looked really cute and by her profile, I could tell she was special. So I sent her a smile, the one that said, "Your profile made me smile, so I'm sending you one in fair exchange." The next day, I went to get on my computer, and it crashed! So I had to go to a library 15 minutes away just to use the internet, which I did for a month or two.
I got a smile back from her the day after I "smiled" at her that said, "I'm not very good at flirting, but could I practice with you?" I thought, "Wow! This girl is spicy, and she even liked my profile enough to respond?!?!" Somewhere in between here and the next paragraph I actually signed up for the full membership benefits.
In reply, I sent her an E-Card, the one with roses on it and a message that said., "I would have gotten real flowers, but the lady was home where I usually get them." She responded with the thank you one with yellow flowers on it.
I really wanted to meet her, so I sent her the smile that says, "In case you're not a subscriber, I hope you become one soon." To which she responded with the one that said, "I think we'd enjoy writing each other...interested?" How was I supposed to write her if she didn't have a full benefits membership? I couldn't send her any personalized messages at all because she only had the free type. Was she mocking me? Just toying with me because she knew I'd never find her?
Somehow, I got a clue and remembered her profile said she lived in the Provo area, so I looked her up in the phone book and wrote her a letter hoping the girl in the phone book was the same girl I was trying to communicate with. The letter got to her just in time, because she had moved to a new address, and the people in her old place forwarded her the letter just before they moved out and the house was bulldosed down. Sure enough, it was her, and she gave me her email address.
We emailed for a week or so, and even though we could email, she wrote me a letter to reply to my first one, and asked when we met, what did I want to do? But before it even came in the mail, I asked her out on a date in an email. She replied and said she'd love to, and just happened to mention she had a softball game at some park at a certain time. I didn't know where that park was, but when I looked at my watch, I realized her game was about to start. It was a Friday night, and I had just gotten off of work, and had nothing important to do for the rest of the evening anyway, so I did some detective work (called the recreation center of that city) and asked them where that park was.
I bought us some Gatorades at a gas station on the way and when I found the park, there were no players on the field that looked like the picture in her profile. I was discouraged. But there was a girl on the bleachers who was one of the only fans there. The game was being played between two companies, so I asked her if she knew if this company only had one team, and she said yes. So when I finally realized which one was the girl I was looking for, I suddenly felt a bit intimidated and shy because she was even more beautiful than her picture I had seen on LDSmingle. I was tempted to just go home and wait to see her until our date the next day, but something made me stay. When she finally came into the dugout from the field, I said, "Hey Rorie! Are you thirsty?" She held her hand above her eyes to look and see who it was talking to her, and when she realized who I was, she came over and we talked for a while. We had our first date the next day, and then I had to leave on a trip to California for a week. We missed each other pretty bad already. When I came back, we went on another date. Then a few dates down the road, I asked her if she'd like to be more than just friends. She said, "Yes, I'd like that!" As if she were saying, "Yes, you idiot! That's what I've been trying to squeeze out of you for quite some time now. It's about time!"
We've dated for about 5 1/2 months now and I asked her to marry me this last Monday night after we got back from a trip down to New Mexico to meet her family, where I asked her dad for his approval of us getting married. (He obviously gave the answer I was hoping for. She even said, "Yes" as well.) We haven't set a date yet, but we're hoping for some time in the late spring or early summer of next year.
Thanks for everything!
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