Of Heart Attacks and Floating Lanterns

So. I guess this goes back to a couple of weeks ago. Jared somehow convinced me that he owed  me a surprise. It started out as just owing me one surprise, but it somehow escalated and became 2 surprises and a present. 

Anywayssss. Last night, like all Monday nights, I got out of class at 6:00 and was ready to go home and just be done for the night. Jared came and picked me up from school and we went back to my apartment. The moment I walked into my living room, I flopped down on the couch and started complaining about how much studying I had to do to be prepared for classes on Tuesday. (Jared got a little frustrated cuz I didn’t immediately go back into my bedroom and kinda chuckled to himself, knowing that there would not be much studying getting done that night)

We sat on the couch a while and I told him that I wasn’t going to cook dinner & we could go to my FHE group because they were having pizza. We had some time to kill so I figured we could start on my studying for my Bible as Literature class (sometimes he studies it with me :) ) So I got up and went back into my room to get my books and when I opened my door, this is what I saw:

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(Side note: The week before he asked me to be his girlfriend, he heart attacked my house/front yard and left flowers. :) )

I read the letter that he had left on my desk, went back out to the living room, and found him laying on the couch.  He smirked and asked where my books were. :p After I said thank you and told him how wonderful and great he is, he said, “So now that you’ve gotten your first surprise, do you want to get some dinner and your second surprise and present?” Of course I agreed and he suggested that we go to Cubby’s. I’d been wanting take him there since we got up to Provo so I was happy with that.

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After dinner, we got back in the car and he was like, “So, I forgot to look up directions so can you find directions to the American Fork Boat Harbor?”

I said ”What?! Boat Harbor?! Where could there possibly be a boat harbor in American Fork?!” And I silently thought to myself, Oh goodness. He’s not proposing tonight. He didn’t even get directions to this place. There’s no plan here!

So we drove down the freeway for a while and when we got off, we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere. As we were driving down the road, we started to see signs that said “JOIN THE ZOMBIE WAR”—I think it’s some sort of Halloween maze thing or something. But anyways, as soon as I saw them, I was like, “Ohhhhh heckkkkk no. We are NOT going to go do that.” (I’m so incredibly scared of the dark/zombies/ghosts/Halloween stuff like that)

Thankfully, passed all of the signs and ended up at the American Fork Boat Harbor. The sign said it was like 10 bucks to get in so I suggested that we just park outside and walk in. Jared was just kind of like… Nahhh. I think we should go in. So we ended up going in and from the parking lot, we could see the boat slips. I totally thought we were going to just go down and walk around the boat slips. (That was what we did on our first date, down on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.)

But then he drove right by them and I was like hmm. Ok. I guess it’s not that…

So we ended up out on the end of the jetty. It was really beautiful. It was surrounded by water on 3 sides and the sun was low in the sky—the golden hour, AKA my favorite time of day :). (However, it’s still the tail end of summer and golden hour at Utah Lake=MOSQUITOS. Hahah. They weren’t as bad as they looked from inside the car, but they were still pretty bad. Bahaha.)

Anyways, we got out of the car and he opened up the trunk. I looked in and there were a buuuunch of those floating paper lanterns. I had been telling him for WEEKS that I wanted to do floating lanterns so I was basically I was STOKED to see them :) We started pulling them out of the trunk and setting them up. By the time we were done, we had quite a spread. (He had bought 20 of em!)

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We lit three off and decided that it was taking wayyyyyy too long.

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So we folded them all back up and decided that we would do the rest with my friends sometime later.

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As we were putting the last one back in the car, he said, “So are you ready for your present now?”

Of course I said yes and he pulled this box out of the trunk. It was about the size of half of a shoebox and wrapped in a brown paper bag. (A couple of days ago he asked me if I had any wrapping paper and I told him to just wrap it in a paper bag. :p) So I unwrapped it and saw that it was his stethoscope box. I opened it and there was nothing inside. It was getting dark outside so I figured that I just couldn’t see what was in there. I tipped it into the light and asked him if it was supposed to be empty. He leaned in and looked too and kinda made it seem like it was supposed to have something in it.

After letting me stand there all confused for a minute, he took a step back and said some really cute things, got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and said, “Will you—“

At this point, I squealed, jumped on him, and said YESSSSSSSS!

I mean, I did let him finish his question EVENTUALLY. But hey. You can’t blame me for being excited. :)

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Note about the ring: It’s a stand-in ring until my real one comes. However, I’ve always wanted a pearl ring, but when I actually started looking at rings, I realized that I don’t want to get a pearl because they’re not very durable and I’d have to take care of it a lot. Soooo…this way, I get to have my pearl for a little bit until my real ring comes :)

postplayism:
Hi! My name is Luke, i am from Minnesota and just stumbled upon your blog and the story you wrote about sharing in church. cool! so here is a little about me. I was raised lutheran, and never believed in christ. In college i lost all hope and asked God to save my life. I go to a church in minneapolis called the Rock, our churches mission is to share the Gospel of Christ's death and the hope that his resurrection gives us. I would really be interested in learning more about your mormon faith.

Hey Luke! Wow! Thanks for having the courage to message me! :) And it’s interesting that you would say that that is the mission of your church—it’s part of our mission too! We have three basic goals:

  1. Proclaim the Gospel—like your church!
  2. Perfect the Saints—Saints being those who have come unto Christ and been baptized into our church. And perfect through church attendance, temple attendance, prayer, scripture study, service, and other aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. Redeem the dead—We believe that in order to return to live with our Heavenly Father, we all must be baptized and complete certain ordinances here on the earth. This work occurs in all of our temples around the world!

One thing that really sets us apart from other churches is that we believe that we have the proper authority to act in the name of God, which we call the Priesthood. When Christ died and the last of his apostles died, the Priesthood was taken from the Earth. We believe that in the 1800’s both Christ’s true church and the Priesthood were restored to the Earth through Joseph Smith. Today, we are a worldwide organization and proclaim the gospel in the way we speak, live, and worship.

The Book of Mormon is the cornerstone of our religion and I know that reading it and praying about it WILL give you the answers you are looking for. 

That was probably a longer answer than you were looking for, but I hope it answered some of your questions! Feel free to ask me more and if you would like a copy of the Book of Mormon, I’d be more than happy to figure out a way to get one to you! :) 

This blog has been mainly pictures thus far…

But a couple of weeks ago, I made a goal to share my testimony/church things through social media more often and honestly, I’ve kind of been slacking. So get ready. Church things are on the way, the first of being my talk that I posted a couple of days ago. Check it out.

http://shelbywould.tumblr.com/post/51576667857/i-spoke-in-church-on-sunday

http://shelbywould.tumblr.com/post/51576667857/i-spoke-in-church-on-sunday

http://shelbywould.tumblr.com/post/51576667857/i-spoke-in-church-on-sunday

PS:  Don’t worry though. I’ll keep posting pictures too. :)