Monday, February 8, 2010

The Spirit Told Me

Saturday night I was able to spend an evening with my sister Karol, at a play at the Hale Centre Theatre. It was a play that I  really looked forward to: The Importance of Being Earnest. It was, and still is, one of the funniest plays/movies ever. But the show wasn't just on the stage. . .

Across from us, within level view, was a couple that caught my eye about 20 minutes into the play. They were a striking couple in their early seventies--her with her beautiful short white hair, and radiant smile, and he with his suit and tie and handsome features--were enjoying the play immensely. Actually, everyone was, but not exactly the way they did.

The woman would laugh, and he would turn and look at her laughing with such awe and joy. Then he would laugh and she would do the same. Sometimes she would caress his chin, and he would look at her with such tenderness and love. They both enjoyed the play--and each other. Towards the end of the play, I said, "Karol, look at that couple over there". Karol smiled and said, "I've been watching them all night, aren't they lovely?" We continued to glance at them, smiling, until the play ended.

As we departed down the stairs towards the exit--I found myself right next to the couple. I stopped and looked at both of them and said, "I don't know which I liked better: watching the play, or watching you two!" They were both overjoyed with my comment, and began to laugh together, and then he exclaimed, "We've only been married TWO weeks!" and then they hugged each other. Ah, such unrestrained love and devotion!

They went on to explain to Karol and me, that both had lost their spouses. When I asked how they met, he replied, "we were both walking out of the Tabernacle at the same time". Then she jumped in with, " . . . and a voice told me that I had to talk to that man!" I laughed and said, "but did you know if he was single?" and she said, "no, I just did what the voice told me to do!"

It was really just that simple--she did what the voice asked her to do. She lived her life by the spirit. She practiced listening to the spirit, and when she answered the spirit (because of her personal strength and experience) she was living out her later years with a companion that brought her obvious joy.

"Listen to that still small voice, listen listen. . .
When you have to make a choice
He will guide you . . .always"


  1. Thanks for the reminder, Jenni's mother. You are full of so much wisdom.

  2. Your beautiful story reminded me that I'm so glad I listened to the Spirit 35 years ago. Love, T

  3. We saw the play also, but didn't get to watch 2 "plays". You lucky girl. Your comment made me cry!! It reminded me of one of my dear friends, Gayle, who had the same experience when meeting her husband. They met in the temple and were married only a short time before she passed away from cancer. She talked often about the spirit leading her to her dear husband.

  4. Aww, that was a cute story. Only you, Mom. Well, you and Karol. . . paying attention to those kinds of details in life. And then making the story full circle by actually making human contact with your subjects. A trait that I am still trying to develop. It takes a lot of courage.


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