Saturday, August 12, 2006

They'll love happily FOREVER after!

Bling Bling!
Originally uploaded by pissingir.

We met Tom about 3 years ago. A retired Ordained Minister who finalized his search for truth as he left the religion of his lifetime and entered the waters of baptism, from then on to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Once Tom made his decision he went forward with the vigor of someone who had lost a dear Friend and searched every book, asked constant questions and did everything possible to get closer to his Savior.

Shortly after being baptized, he met Virginia. She spoke only Spanish, he spoke only English, but together they fell in love. Virginia and Tom married after a few short months and she followed into the waters of baptism.

Tom went through the temple almost a year to the day of his baptism. He was on fire and so far no one has been able to put him out. Virginia has learned English and in her sweet shy personality caught Tom's enthusiasm for the Gospel of Christ.

Last year for Christmas, Virginia got the news that she had breast cancer and by February she had lost her breast, but not her will. She was and is still going through chemo, and during the middle of it all she got an infection and survived a flesh eating virus. She is determined. She is faithful.

Today, Virginia went through the temple to receive her endowments and also to be sealed to Tom for time and all eternity.

In the words of Paul Harvey -here's the rest of the story. Tom and Virginia are in their 60's or 70's. After leaving the temple session and resting her chemo-therapy worn body in the Celestial Room of the temple for a few minutes, Tom had a surprise. He got down on one knee, pulled an Eternity ring out of his pocket and asked Virginia if she would be his wife for eternity. She said yes through teary eyes and together they met a small group of family and friends in the sealing room.

A few tender moments later they were united, sealed and bound together for time here on Earth and for Eternity. Now I don't know about you, but this was pretty much the most romantic afternoon I have witnessed. Virginia, head covered in a white cap, crocheted to keep her little bald head warm, dressed all in white; and Tom, her romantic frail little hero, tear filled and emotional.

Don't you just love a faery tale ending?

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Maren said...

That is a beautiful story. Best wishes to those two.

Susan M said...

Thanks for sharing that!

Kristine said...

I've been teary all day, and now I'm crying again. Thanks for sharing a beautiful story!

David B. said...

That's a great story. Congratulations to Tom and Virginia.

chronicler said...

What a great way to spend a Saturday. I wish Tom and Virginia all the best. He must be a hopeless romantic!

Lisa M. said...

VERY beautiful, made me tear up, you lovely girl you.

I am back from the land of the camping, and happy as a clam to have access to my friends again.

I'll share a secret with you. That is the very same way, my first husband proposed to me. We had just done a session and were in the Celestal room. He did the same thing, got down on one knee and proposed to me.

It was the most romantic thing in all the world, and we were very happy for a good long time.

I wish the very best for your dear friends, and all the love and hope in the world for the cancer treatments to work.

And all the best for you my dear, who brings us such stories of love and beauty, and who is an answer to my many prayers.


Yolanda said...

I'm celebrating year #15 this Sunday, so it was truly a beautiful post to read!!

Here's to fairy tale endings...(cheers!)... especially those you have to work at, and nurture!

Kristen said...

What a beautiful story and a lovely fairy tale ending.

I just now saw the response you wrote to me on my blog a few days ago. Thank you for your input, and your story. It just solidified in my mind and my heart that the decision I made (to not go to school right now) was the right one. I would never want to sacrifice the precious days I have with my children. I appreciate your words!!

Jewel said...

What a wonderful story. I pray for my husband to come around some day. I will charish this story. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day.

Lisa M. said...

Where the smack of budda are you.

I am going through withdrawls