I am a woman of few words! or let's just say I am reserved. I don't have any problem with my communication skills though, it just that I don't talk a lot.
My friend intoduced LDSMingle, I immediately subscribed ( with the help of my brother ) with the main purpose of improving my skill in English by interacting with the english speakers. But the mingle did more than that, It served as a gateway in meeting different people from accross the globe and gaining new friends.
After few months I did gain friends and most of them told me that they want to visit my place. Meeting those friends of course is very hard to do since I live many many miles away.
Allen was one of them who told me that one day he will visit the Philippines. Many times I did asked him if he will really come knowing the fact that I live thousands of miles away. Surprisingly he did come. Getting along with him wasn't hard. I felt very comfortable and safe with him because I came to know him at the website with high standards.
For few days of being together, I have fallen for him and when he went home to the United States I did miss him. He came back in May and we were married on June, 2006. In a little less than two months, quite a short time but enough to know and feel that I love him so much and to decide to accept his proposal and marry him.
He will be moving to the Philippines very soon so we can share our lives together and help each other towards our journey to go back to Heavenly Father.
No amount of thank you's can ever express my gratitude towards LDSMingle for being the bridge that connected me to my Husband Allen ( Choosintbehappy ).
Thank you so much LDS Mingle for providing this site to meet new friends and special someone.
Fely ( Grade2004 )
I joined Mingle before I was ready to be in a relationship because it was only costing $60 for lifetime, and I figured it would be better to grab the bargain . . . and a bargain it turned out to be. In late 2005 I realized I had things left to do in this life and it would be good to be married. Still I wasn't expecting anything serious developing in the next year, but was prepared to be open to that option sometime in the future.
I had not taken vacations of more than long weekends for over three years and had been planning on taking some time off work in 2006. Having gotten my first passport the year before, I had plans to travel to several destinations during the next year, including Brazil, Peru, and Philippines, etc. While I knew sisters from mingle in these locations, I didn't expect to find a connection with someone from a different country and culture. I knew many lovely sisters, including a few from Mingle from the U.S., most from my geographic area. While some became friends, and a few very good friends, I hadn't felt a connection beyond that. So I figured the chance of that happening with someone from a different country, culture, educational system, and often with a different first language would be very unlikely.
My first overseas trip was to Philippines in March and April where I visited Cebu and Bohol in addition to the main island. My friends in Manila and the staff in my hotel told me I shouldn't go to Abra Province, ten hours north by bus. Fortunately I listened to a stronger but quieter voice and went. I spent six days, left for a week, and then returned for another five days before returning to the U.S., having lost my desire for travel to Peru or Brazil at lest as a single person.
After returning to the U.S. (**this is the very short version) I realized I had left my heart in the Abra Province of the Philippines. My doctor told me that my health would be seriously affected if I stayed seperated from my heart for very long. Deciding to follow my doctor's advice, I returned to Philippines in May and married the lovely District Young Women's President in June. She had been taking wonderful care of my heart in my absence.
Any question of whether to live in the U.S. or Philippines was quickly resolved when I found out the custom in the Philippines is to follow marriage with a three year honeymoon. So as soon as my affairs are in order (before the end of 2006) I will be moving to the Philippines for at least three years.
Heavenly Father truely does want to bless us beyond our ablility to comprehend. Keep your covanants, hold to the "iron rod" and keep Mingleing.
Namaste, Allen (Choosintbehappy) & Fely
**UPDATED July 29th, 2006**
I am so grateful to Sara and the Mingle staff for the service they provide. Without it (and direction from the Spirit) I would not have met Fely. I have never been so happy and have been reminded, more powerfully than before, that "man is that he might have joy." I'm also reminded that when we are living right, we usually don't need to rush around trying to make things happen, that if we do what we need to, what we need will be provided.
I am completing arrangement to move to Bangued, Abra in the Philippines before November. Americans require a permit that is difficult to obtain, to work in the Philippines. Fortunately, farming and singing are exempt occupations. We were planning on raising pigs, goats, and caribou (waterbuffalo) on our farm. We had found that we both love to sing and made a couple of single CD's that have become very popular since I left the Philippines. So it looks like we'll have to hire a caretaker for our farm if our singing career develops.
Prepare yourselves for what you want, and don't give up. It only takes one contact, when it is the right one.
Wishing you Peace, Love, & Light,
Allen (Choosintbehappy) & Fely (Grade2004)
grade2004 & Choosintbehappy
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