For extra kicks, imagine it being read in the voice of Don LaFontaine.
When Jennie Davenport walked into the church building on an early Sunday in September of 2002, she couldn't have guessed the way her life would change. Confident, uninterested, and somewhat rebellious, she looked like the last person who belonged there.
It was a ward for single adults--a place where young people
With sweaty palms and tensed muscles, Jennie walked into the
"I can do this," she told herself. "I need to do this."
Since returning to the
And almost threw up in her mouth a little, too.
After all, Jennie wasn't single, but was in a very
But little did she know that she'd receive the very thing that 99% of the Mormon single adult population goes to the singles ward for--the only reason: the cliché gift of an eternal companion.
Not making eye contact with a single soul, she walked through the doors and straight to the emptiest pew, willing the mingling singles to sit and the meeting to start.
Then he came over. The first person to speak to her.
Geez, couldn't he give me at least five minutes to settle in?
"Hi," he said, beaming from ear to ear. He looked fresh on the market...like a newbie to normal society.
Every button of his olive-colored suit vest was nicely buttoned and a glow emanated off of him.
Ugh, that glow.
He took his hand out of his pocket, offering it politely. Somewhat reluctantly, Jennie took it. It was warm, nonthreatening, and...nice.
His eyes were nice, too. Blue and sincere.
"I'm Dave," he continued. "I just got home from my mission three weeks ago."
And...there it was. Jennie forced a smile. A return missionary was the last thing she needed in her life--spiritually bombarding, innocent, eager.
But then Jennie found out she and the RM had something in common. Dave had served his mission in Huntington Beach, California, in the very home ward Jennie had grown up in. They knew the same people, enjoyed the same smell of that old, white church building.
And despite her objections, she wondered if it was a sign.
Will Jennie dump her dangerous boyfriend and fall in love with this faithful, strapping man, leaving her rebellious life to the wayside?
And will this fresh return-missionary be persistent enough to win over a stubborn, struggling woman?
He was. And he did.