“Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.”
-I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus, Janice Kapp Perry
I saw a post on Facebook that was searching for impromptu ‘visiting teachers’ to show love at the wedding of Shelly Eyre and Cheryl Haws.
After a public dispute with Utah County, Shelly and Cheryl were finally granted a marriage license and were now planning a Provo wedding for the following day. I didn’t have anything to bring them, except my company and the company of a squirmy 18-month-old. But I hoped to show love just by being there. They deserve love from their community, especially on their wedding day.
I estimate that there were about one hundred people there at the wedding. Many who attended brought a variety of foods, treats, and cakes. A wedding harpist and a bluegrass group performed. A couple professional photographers came donating their services as well. I was impressed and touched that all of this could come together in less than 24 hours.
I felt reminded of my own wedding and the love and support that ward sisters showed me. I planned for a backyard sunshiney wedding in June. Sadly, my wedding day was 40 degrees and pouring rain. My ward sisters rearranged my parents basement in order to bring the planned outdoor wedding indoors. They decorated. They cloaked unattractive work-out equipment under unassuming white table cloths. They helped make my wedding reception functional and I felt their love.
I hope that Shelly and Cheryl felt a similar love from their community and all of their newly assigned visiting teachers. So congratulations Shelly and Cheryl! Please know that you are loved.
edit: I changed the title. A commenter pointed out that the first title could be seen as offensive and othering. As I thought it over today, I agreed. Thus I removed the qualifier.