My Life in Zion

The life and views of a Latter-day Saint in the 21st Century…

Last Night I Got Engaged

Anna Melissa snapped this double selfie of us to announce to the social media world our joy.

Anna Melissa snapped this double-selfie of us to announce our joy to the social media world.

People keep asking how I ended up popping the question to the beautiful woman who has taken my heart. So I decided that it would be easiest to just share her perspective of last night which she shared on our wedding website at The Knot. (Wedding website? Yeah. I’m a man. Who knew such things existed?!…)

This is Anna Melissa’s perspective of last night:

“In true Stan Way fashion, the proposal was nothing short of completely and utterly sacred.

Stan blind folded me at about 8:30 pm at my house, led me to his car and then drove for about thirty minutes. I had no idea where we were or where we were going. When we stopped he got me out of the car and led me, still blind folded, into a building, through some doors, and up a couple of stairs.

When we stopped Stan then proceeded to propose to me in the most beautiful way I could ever imagine.

We were facing one another holding hands. I was still blind folded. He explained to me that in the perfect world he would have proposed to me in only one place. He then explained the importance of living prophets and priesthood leaders and asked if I knew the significance of rivers and water in the scriptures. He explained that in the scriptures we are taught that proceeding from the throne of God is a river, and that in other places in the scriptures there is described a river flowing forth from the temple towards the east. He said this was symbolic of the word of God flowing unto all the earth and to all of Israel, and that Jesus Christ is that living water. That is why we often see fountains on many of our church’s temple grounds. The river and the fountains represent the Word of God flowing to all humankind. He told me that at the church’s Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, there is a fountain in a garden on the roof of the Conference Center. The fountain is placed directly over the pulpit inside the Conference Center. Stan then said that in a perfect world he would have propsed there on that roof, at that place because it signifies the Word of the Lord flowing to the world. But that since he couldn’t propose to me there he would propose in the next best place.

He then he took off the blind fold and we were standing behind the pulpit of our church’s chapel. He told me that there in that chapel we hear the Word of the Lord every time we are there and that it is there that we sustain our leaders, our prophet, our apostles, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I was hysterical as he got down on one knee, told me that he could never imagine a more perfect woman to be the mother of his children, and then asked me to be by his side throughout eternity and to follow our  Lord in everything that we do.

It was the most beautiful moment of my life, sacred and special. I felt like a princess. The daughter of a King and the fiance of an incredibly faithful man.”

I personally couldn’t be more honored or blessed to have a greater woman in my life. After a long search I’ve finally found the woman with whom I am equally yoked and shares the most important of goals in life with me.

Frankly, I’m giddy with joy, and our wedding day cannot come soon enough!

Anna Melissa's smile and eyes are the most brilliant sparkling things I know. This ring will always look dim compared to them, but it will have to do...

Anna Melissa’s smile and eyes are the most brilliant sparkling things I know. This ring will always look dim compared to them, but it will have to do…

 

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah is the world's largest indoor religious auditorium and seats 21,000+ visitors. The roof is cover in over three acres of gardens with a fountain located in the northeast corner of the roof.

The Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah is the world’s largest indoor religious auditorium and seats 21,000+ visitors. The roof is covered in over three acres of gardens with a fountain located in the northeast corner directly above the pulpit in the auditorium below.

 

A closeup of the fountain located on the Conference Center roof. I'll get to take Anna Melissa there someday...

A closeup of the fountain located on the Conference Center roof. I’ll get to take Anna Melissa there someday…

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4 thoughts on “Last Night I Got Engaged

  1. I love you so much my darling FIANCE!!!

  2. So super happy for you guys! Do you think you’ll move to UT? (btw this is redcherries22)

    • We would like to eventually end up in Utah, but right now we feel like Alabama is the best place for us. We have great jobs and great family here. But Utah is in our thoughts and conversation often…

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