In January of 2006, shortly after I had joined LDSMingle, I received an email from a Ssears. At first glance, I thought it might have been a joke because I had never received a correspondence quite like this. My initial response was to ignore the email, but as I thought about it, I decided I could try to be a missionary and write to this gentleman. Later that evening I told my 14-year old sister, “I got the weirdest email from a guy today.” She turned to me and said, “You’re going to marry him.”I replied “No, I don’t think so. He is really weird!” She shook her head and persisted in her odd belief that this weird guy in Canada was going to be my future husband. We began to correspond and I was quite impressed with Ssears’s vast knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and of my LDS church. I was somewhat cautious, because at times, he tended to have some more extremist views. I pressed him to add a little bit of information about himself in his emails because I felt it would have made it easier to exchange letters with me. He did (as he talked about his departed father) and I realized that we were becoming friends. One day, my friend was no longer on the LDS Mingle site. I was quite sad about that because I truly felt the beginnings of a strong friendship with him. A couple months later I started getting blank cards (namely the "Knowledge Is Power" card and the Isaiah 26: 4 card "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:")from a gentleman in Winnipeg, Canada called DarrelSimon. I was quite sure it was my friend Ssears (as he always had sent me these sorts of ecards before). Okay, so fast-forward to March of 2008... I hadn’t had the full membership on LDS Mingles for a bit, but I decided that maybe I should give all this a whirl once again. About the same time, my friend, DarrelSimon enhanced his membership once again. He was visiting with the LDS missionaries again (as he has been investigating the church since 2002) and was considering baptism (for the third time). I talked to him about some of my experiences and my own baptism (in 1985), as well as my own testimony of the Jesus Christ, the church, the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith Junior. He told me some of his own feelings and his nervousness about baptism (as he was twice rejected before). I was glad to be reconnected to my friend. After he was baptized, I was so excited to talk to him about the truth of the church and our prophets, and our friendship was becoming even stronger. Then one evening in late June, I was Instant Messaging with my friend when he got a little flirty with me. Later that night, our conversation really stuck with me. I kept thinking, “Does he seriously like me or is he just joking around?” Through a few conversations in the following days I realized he really did like me and I was quite certain that I liked him. Soon we were writing or talking on the telephone every day. Then, on Saturday August 9, 2008, DarrelSimon asked me to marry him. We had not even physically met yet, but we knew that we loved each other very much and that we had something wonderful together. When I finally flew to Canada to meet my sweetheart in November, I knew from the first time we hugged that he was the owner of my heart and the person I was suppose to spend the rest of my life and eternity with (and he eagerly placed a custom made ruby engagement ring on my finger). We are finally starting our life together forever on Wednesday July 8, 2009, our wedding day.
jlro & DarrelSimon
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