Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Fox's Den

One day I was talking with My Friend Becky W. It had been a week since I gained my Testimony. A VERY long week! Brian would not budge and it seemed like he was getting more and more angry! I had to be careful, because, Joanne was also a member of the "Group" and I couldn't afford for the word to get out about Brian and I. I didn't have the energy to fight anything other then Brian.

One day I pulled Becky aside to talk to her about the week. I looked at my life as being a baby Fox living in a hole. The adult Fox would teach us everything about life above ground and prepare us for a life underground. "Don't go up that ladder. There are hunters waiting to kill you. They have guns and knives and you'll be though the moment you stick your head out of that hole!"

I decided to stick my head out and see for myself. I didn't see what they said I would see. I saw green grass! Trees! Flowers! Blue Sky! I felt the warmth of the sun! A wonderful Breeze on my face! Exhilarating smells! There were no hunters! No one around anywhere to cause me any harm! How could someone teach such false things to their children!? I would scurry back down the hole and quietly share what I saw with very few people I trusted and try to get them to follow me.

Becky could see I was still staying strong but our situation with Brian was starting to drag me down. Her words of comfort were just what I needed!

New Road

Gordon Hinckley! Who is that??

After I dried my tears, blew my nose, gained my composure, I picked up the phone and called my Sister in Law, Becky. Told her I prayed about somethings and received an answer. "Who is Gordon Hinckley?" Her reply, "The President of the LDS Church."

I was silent for I don't know how long. Seconds probably but it felt like minutes. I then told her of my experience and started sobbing once again.. then said "Well, Becky... If He holds the Keys (Has the authority to perform all of the priesthood ordinances.), then I need to join the church!"

Sometime in our conversation she said "What about Brian?" I also thought about Brian. We had then been married for 4 years. Had 2 children and a home. If I went on to join the church right now, I would loose my husband! We had to get him to see what we did and gain a testimony like we did!

After receiving my Testimony about President Hinckley, that black cloud that was cast over my mind, was gone!! I read and understood the scriptures (Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) for the first time. I literally drank them in! Loved every word in them and understood them.

(While growing up, the adults would always say that there were hidden messages in the scriptures and you needed to find those hidden messages and apply them to your life. I could never find them and got frustrated to the point where I didn't read the scriptures anymore. How could I read something I didn't understand.)

That day, when Brian came home. I was sitting at the counter reading the scriptures and other writings. The moment he came in the door I was super excited to share with him what I found! Read from the scriptures and showed him why!! He was overwhelmed and shocked to see his wife like this. I told him a little of my experience that day and what I found! I told him I was starting to question about the group being true. After that, he didn't want to talk about any of it. A wall was thrown up and I didn't know my husband anymore.

I started to go over to Becky's house to learn more so I could convince Brian of the Truth. I realized I gave him to much information that first day, he thought for sure he lost his wife to the church. I studied, learned and talked with Becky. Brian's Brother saw our van over there and told Brian that I was spending a lot of time there. Brian got really Angry!

Once a week, I would drive with a friend "Joanne" up to Mill Creek Canyon to clean a house. The owners of this house were good members of the church and one was a Member of the Tabernacle Choir. We will call her Becky W. I told her of my experience and she became a wonderful friend for me to rely on!

Prayers Answered!

I remember the day Brian came home and told me his sister, Becky, and Brother in law, Sam were "Studying". They were on the road to joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and were going to apostatize. The first thing I said was, "She's still my sister and I'm not going to shut them out, just because of that!" Brian agreed but I could tell he was worried about them.

Later that week, I was going to drive into Salt Lake and asked Becky if she wouldn't mind watching the kids. Knocked on her door to drop the kids off. Went into her home and started to get the kids ready. I noticed a very peaceful feeling in her home. I followed her into her bedroom and sat down on her bed, almost basking in the feeling when I asked her "So, Becky, what's going on?" That question was more loaded then I realized at the time.

Becky started telling me about what she discovered in her "studying". Who the founder of the "Group" was, and other information. The spirit being what it was in her home and the peace I felt.. confused me! How could someone have such a wonderful spirit about them yet be on the road to "hell"? I had to find out!

I went home and read though some material she gave me that I asked for. I wanted to help her realized what she was doing was wrong or find out for myself if what I was doing was wrong. I didn't understand the scriptures so I couldn't turn to them. Only the material she gave me to look over. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. It was as if I had a black cloud covering my mind .. but I HAD to know! I didn't understand the writings, scriptures.. How was I going to get my answers?

I knelt down and prayed to my Father in Heaven! In my prayer I asked for peace, comfort and knowledge. I then asked him something I had never ask before... because I thought I knew how he felt about me. Disappointment, anger for my choices and disgust. The answer I received was overwhelming and unexpected!! I asked "Heavenly Father? Do you love me?" From that came a warmth I had never before felt! I felt warm arms physically wrap around me as if he himself was giving me a hug! The love that flowed though me was indescribable! I then asked, through my tears, "Am I doing the right thing? Do you approve of what I'm doing?" I then felt something touch under my chin and caused me to raise my head as if to look up. I felt so peaceful and knew I was doing what He wanted me to do! For the first time since I can remember, I KNEW Heavenly Father loved me! Knew me! Wanted me to be doing what I was doing at this very moment! The tears flowed freely and I was sobbing!

The next question I was almost hesitant to ask. I had asked it before with the same answer.. Nothing! But I had heaven opened to me right now! This very moment! Now would be the time to have it answered! "Heavenly Father, Does Owen A. Allred hold all the Keys of the priesthood!"................. The answer I received was like the last... NOTHING!! In my Frustration I reworded my question. I knew Heaven was close and was not going to give up. "Heavenly Father? Who Holds all of the Keys of the Priesthood?" This was one question I needed to know! What ever the answer was, Heavenly Father knew I would follow his will! My Mind was clear and this name came into it. Gordon Hinckley........



Update 11-9-12
Feelings, warmth, peace, physical sensations, a name planted into my mind... all things Satan can use to deceive. All things the bible warns of without Biblical Knowledge from studying Gods Word. All things I was taught to look for to gain a spiritual testimony and know what was true through prayer. All of it DECEPTION!

 Some emotions we are told to control are:

Fear - 2 Timothy 1:7 (cf. Joshua 1:9; Revelation 2:10)
Anger - James 1:19,20 (cf. Proverbs 16:32; Matthew 5:22)
Hatred (1 John 3:15; 4:20)
Love (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:2-4)
Joy (1 Corinthians 13:6)
These emotions are not necessarily bad, but they can lead to serious error if we let them control us. If we cannot trust these emotions to guide us, how can we trust any emotions? How could we know which to trust and which not to trust?

The Bible specifically warns that the feelings of our hearts may lead us into error.

Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and is exceedingly corrupt. Who can know it? Would God use something so unreliable to lead us to truth? [Matt. 15:18-20; Prov. 4:23]

Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. How can this be harmonized with the idea that "it can't be wrong if it feels so right"?

Proverbs 28:26 - He who trusts in his own heart is a fool. Why? Because the urgings of the heart are unreliable and often lead to error! Poets may say to "follow your heart." But the Bible confirms what we all really know: trusting your feelings can lead to tragic error.

Acts 26:9 - Saul of Tarsus really thought that he ought to do many things contrary to Jesus. He felt sure he was right. But he was really the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:12-15).

Jeremiah 10:23 - Proper guidance in how to live is not found inside man. It comes from outside man. Clearly we cannot expect to find assurance of truth in our feelings.

Emotions are neither good nor bad of themselves, but God never intended for them to guide us or to reveal what is good or bad. We should control them, not let them control us. They are followers, not leaders. To follow them is to get the "cart before the horse."

To believe that we can know right from wrong by praying for a feeling or by following our emotions is to pervert the purpose of feelings and to expose ourselves to all sorts of false practices.
(Study also Matthew 7:21-23 and 2 Corinthians 10:18.)

Married Life and blessings revealed!

Married life is great! After we married, we lived with my mother for the first 2 months. After that we moved out into our own apartment. I needed to be married to my husband and live alone. It was a challenge living with mom trying to control so much of our lives. All in the name of saving money for a future home. It wasn't worth my sanity.

While living in the Apartment in West Jordan, we found a plot of land in Riverton where we were going to build our first home. Corey was born in the Apartment and 3 months later we moved into the house!

I was so excited, then, Brian told me that his mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister were going to move in with us.. I was not excited. I was scared!! I had seen how relationships went when people moved in with others. I told Brian my fears and concerns. He said it would be good practice when he took on another wife. I would already be use to living with someone else. Took a deep breath and moved on. For the most part, things went well. To say I was completely comfortable all the time would be a lie but I learned to make the best of the situation handed to me. I had lived under worse circumstances before and this would be a cake walk....I hoped!

We had our moments,  but for the most part everything went well. I look back on the situation now and am so glad I had them living with us! Not sure how I could have raised my children while going through Postpartum depression for the length of time I was. Knowing there was usually someone home to fall back on if I needed to have a small brake from the children was a blessing.. I see, now!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Family Life

Loving married life! Hawaii (Oahu) was wonderful! We drove around the island and saw everything! Horseback ridding through the Dole Plantation, Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, Went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Visited many beaches including the Waikiki Aquarium, Hiked into Diamond Head and even spent some time in our hotel room burnt to a crisp.. Good times!

We got home July 4th and had a letter waiting for us from Own A Allred. Long drawn out story but we were not going to be married legally because we didn't want my sister wife to feel like she was any less important then the first wife was. Owen told us we needed to get it done legally so.. Legally we were married on July 5th 1994.

Not long after we were married We found out we were expecting our first child. Corey was born April 29th 1995 at 12:02 A.M. in our apartment in West Jordan. Morning sickness was awful! I got sick every day till he was born. I even got sick while I was in labor. I was so happy to be a mother but at the same time I was dealing with PPD (Postpartum Depression) I had no Idea it was normal and was not about to talk to anyone about the thoughts I was having.


Not long after Corey's birth, I was sitting at the Kitchen Table, in our New home in Riverton, eating breakfast when I had this wave of nausea hit me. I thought for a second it was the flu coming on then thought. "I know this feeling!" I went right over to my midwifes home and we took a Pregnancy test. It was positive. Corey was 6 Months old and I was 3 months pregnant!! I cried for 3 days. I was not ready for another baby! It took some time to accept the pregnancy and by the time Cerena was born I was ready to be a mother of 2 children really close in age. Again, PPD set in. It was harder this time and took much longer to let up! (2 years)


Those 2 were the best of friends as they grew up!

We are living in the house that Brian built in Riverton with his mother and brothers, Jeremy and Jacob living in the basement and Sister Hannah in a bedroom upstairs. Life isn't without it'stress but I try, again to lay low and hope family life stays good. For the most part, it does.

Then.... Brians Sister and Brother-in-law start to Study!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 24-25th 1994

Our reception date was set for June 24th and then we were going to go through the "Endowment House" June 25th to take out our endowments and be married.

I stood in the kitchen area in the basement of "The Building" in curlers, preparing the refreshments for our reception. It gave me time to ponder and think.. do I really want to do this? The answer was always, YES!

The reception was simple, elegant and inexpensive! At the end we filled up our car with all the gifts and I headed back to my mothers home, in West Valley. I would have to drive back very early in the morning to attend the endowment session with Brian. Drove to Becky's house in Riverton to pick up Brian and we headed to Bluffdale.

We sat in a room for a while waiting for everyone else to show up. Then someone came in and gave a kind of speech then lead us back to the dressing rooms where we changed into our White clothing.

The message of the Endowment was a good message but as for "Feeling" anything... I didn't. No warmth, no uplifting sense of what we were doing was right. The best words I can use is a Beautiful Box.. with nothing in it.

The only part I felt anything while in there was while I was being married to Brian. We both cried!

Afterwords, we both got into the car and drove off together for the first time as Husband and Wife. We did some shopping together then spent our first time together in Sandy in a hotel.

The next day we attended church. Everyone kept asking what were we doing there?? Our flight to Hawaii didn't leave till the next morning.

We Believe Strongly.....

Brian and I were asked to write our testimonies down to give to the Priesthood before we could get married.

We were at a youth conference sitting on the back stairs and writing them down. Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, Baptism, Sacrament, Jesus Christs Atonement.... etc... then we came to Owen A Allred holding all the keys of the priesthood. We could not say we had a testimony of that. We tried but the best we could put down on the paper was "We believe strongly...." Neither one of us had a testimony of that so we could not say we did. That was our Truth! We chalked it up to "You're not ready for that yet" and moved on.

Besides... when we got married I'm SURE we would receive that testimony! Can we say.. empty shell... Again???


Update 11-9-12
I feel to mention here, again, how we can't trust our Feelings when it comes to God. Feelings can deceive and Satan knows how to manipulate them.  We have been warned throughout the bible about this very thing. 

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

 Jeremiah 10:23  O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

 To know whether or not some teaching is true, we should search the Scriptures daily, not pray for an emotional experience.

 Acts 17:11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Happy 18th Birthday!

It's April 1st 1994. My 18th Birthday! I'm now 18 years old! Wow!!

Mom hands me my gift. It's a letter from her telling me what a wonderful daughter I've been and how she wishes me such happiness in my future. She's never written letters to me before. 

Brian picks me up after my work day at OC Tanner. I had only been working there for a week. He takes me for a motor cycle ride many places. Canyons near Harriman and all over. I love our motorcycle trips together. Hugging him and holding as I feel the wind blowing around me. I try to put my hands in his coat pocket to warm them but he gently nudges them away. humm... Why?? I didn't think about it too much.

We talked  about our plans in life and everything. I loved our time together. That evening, we went to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Golden Tree in Riverton. Mom, baby sis Misty, Jason, Mark, John Llewellyn, Becky, Sam.. all were there. We had a wonderful dinner then Brian went into the back and brought out a cake. Lit the candles and everyone sang happy birthday.

After I make a wish and blow out the candles, Brian stands up, gets down on one knee and says "Be careful what your wish for. It just may come true!" He then pulls a ring box out of his pocket and says "Will you marry me?" I say yes and open the box. Nothing is in it! I look up at Brian and punch him in the arm and say "You Jerk!!" Keep in mind, it's April Fool day. Brian has never played an April Fools joke on me.. ever. So this one took the cake!

He then pulls out another ring from his other pocket and says "Just kidding!" I open it up and see the most beautiful ring and start to cry! He then places it on my finger and the tears really start to flow!

I can't believe it! after 4 years of the best Friendship I am now engaged to my Best Friend!

Normal Life?

Life is as normal as we know. We sit down and talk, for the first time, about the things we went through as we grew up. How it's made us feel and for the first time we all feel safe voicing them.

We all realize how blessed we are to be where we are.

I get a job working at Hardee's and Love it.. for a while. How long can one love working Fast food? It was a learning experience. One I will never take back. I worked there for 7 Months and knew I needed to do something else. I signed up for a Temp agency who got me a job at a Clothing manufacturer warehouse. Gimme International. Was another learning experience. I stayed with them for 3 months and quit. The temp agency then got me a job working at OC Tanner. That was a wonderful Experience!

While I worked at OC Tanner I became engaged. (But we will save that for another entry)

I learned good work ethics and about the work environment. They didn't need me to work with them any longer as a Temp but said if I ever needed a job, to call them and they would have one waiting for me.

Life was normal, Mom worked, kids went to school. I went to work and we all came home to be together as a family for dinner. Life was good. I still dreaded going to church because "They" were there. We avoided eye contact and steered as far away from them as possible.

I had a wonderful Man to lean on. We still went out on dates when we could and enjoyed one anothers company. Life was normal..

I can't say that enough.. Life was NORMAL. (what I pictured normal to be)

The move! FREEDOM!

Back to the Condo in West Valley!

I remember the first day we walked into the condo. It looked like a tornado, indoors, hit it! 3 and 4 foot piles of clothing in every corner. Garbage scattered everywhere! Cigarette butts, food, boxes and the smells... It was horrible!! But.. It was home! I didn't want to leave and go back to "That" house. This was now home! Peace!

We went right to work, taking load after load to the dump. Moms family came over and helped paint and clean things up. Before we knew it, it was all clean and ready for us to start moving in! I think it took about a month.

Brian came over and started to help us move. Step Father knew we were moving but didn't offer any help. None of the other family offered any help. But when we finished moving in he wanted to know where so he could arrange his schedule and start coming over. Mom told him then, "I'm leaving you and your not welcome to visit."

I finally feel safe! I can sleep at night! I'm still really jumpy if anyone touches me while I'm sleeping.. Which takes me years to get over...even after I marry. I can't describe the peace we are feeling.

Mom cries at night. I go down to talk with her and she tells me shes crying because she's happy and scared at the same time. I don't understand her fears fully and just hug her.

One day, as I'm doing School work (I'm homeschooling myself) the phone rings. It's Step Father and he's demanding I tell him our address so he can come over. I hang up the phone and call Mom! How did he find the number?! If he can find our number he can find our address! I'm so scared again!! I hurry and lock all the doors and go hid in my room. Mom called the phone company and changed our number and unlisted it then calls me back. It will be weeks before I feel safe again, but it does come!

Moms Heart

Driving! Driving is fun and I look old enough to be driving at the age of 14. I learned how to drive so young of out of necessity!

Mom has dealt with heart problems a lot of her life. Every time it would scare me! I would have to drive to the store in the late hours of the night to get her medication (herbs). I would pray that she would still be alive by the time I got back!

One time I drove her to the ER at her request. They hooked her up to monitors and there she was finally diagnosed with an electrical problem and put on medication she still takes to this day.. I think this part of my childhood caused me to grow up really fast! My brother was gone and I was now the oldest at home. I grew up fast in many ways.

Started baby sitting neighbor children and my siblings at 10 years old. I remember one day mom didn't come home and I took care of everyone for 2 days. I was frightened and not sure what happened to Mom but tried to stay calm. Put on a happy face during the day and cried myself to sleep at night. Turns out, Step Father took mom out for their anniversary for an overnight and day trip. I don't know why I wasn't told.

Fasting and Faith!

Life in Kearns is not easy. We are living in the basement of a house. 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, no kitchen no living room. To say my mother is inventive would be an understatement. The "L" family is living upstairs. Mom decided to stay downstairs because she was not treated well by her sister wife when she went up to use the kitchen. She moved her fridge down to the storage room. Bought a hotplate, a microwave and a portable dishwasher. She turned part of the storage room into a kitchen/living room. It was small but it was nice to not have the constant bickering and backbiting when we needed to eat together as a family upstairs. I don't understand why the "L" family was so angry at mom when she decided to arrange things like she did.

We lived like that for 3 years. My Older brother joined the Military (Mainly to get away from my step-father) so I got his room and Mom turned the girls room into a family room. I remember the day Mom bought some new couches! I was soo excited to have a couch to sit on to watch TV. Brian came over to help move them into the house. They had to take the bedroom window out to get them into the room.

When Step Father came home and saw them it was an all out fight! (Why, when Mom got anything new was it a fight? Everyone else always got new things. Mom worked hard for what she earned. Her Money was taken and given to the other Mothers that didn't work. We ran around in hand-me-down clothing. Holes in the knees, to small. Why can't anyone be happy for us?)

That week, (I'm 15 years old) I was with my baby sister and brother watching TV. I heard this big crash and then my mother screamed! I jumped up and ran to her bedroom and tried to open the door but it was blocked. Mom was laying on the floor screaming in pain and Step Father was standing over here. I started screaming to let me in! Mom was unable to move and I saw she was hurt and Step Father did it!! I started to step backward with my fists up and yelling at him to get away from my mother! BASTARD! GET AWAY FROM HER! Misty and Jason came running and stood behind me. I just remember shaking and screaming at him to leave her alone! He started walking towards me saying it was a mistake and I just screamed at him to not come near me! He took off and we didn't see him for a few weeks.

During that time, we were also loosing my mothers father to emphysema. I would go over to my aunts house in West Jordan right off of Redwood Road to stay with him and help him with anything he needed. He passed away not long after that incident with Step Father.

We received a phone call from my mothers brother, Kevin. He said he had a dream where Grandpa came to him saying, "Get Judy out of that hell hole". Uncle Kevin had offered for mom to move into his Condo in West Valley as soon as the tenants moved out. He had been trying to remove them for a while but they would not go. Weeks passed and we waited.

This was the first time in my life I had ever fasted for a purpose! We could not live like this anymore! Mom needed help to get out so I started a fast for 3 days. Praying, pleading with Heaven to open a way. Reading scriptures and praying most of the days. On the third day the phone rang. It was Uncle Kevin saying the tenants moved out. It was time to go see the house!
Thank you Father in Heaven!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Trying to be "Pure" again.

I needed a fresh start! A New beginning. I was a new person with a changed life and a new outlook. I talked to mom and she thought it was time I was Re-Baptized.

In our Church we believed in Re-Baptism to make yourself clean once again. A fresh start after turning your life around. So I was re-baptized. 16 years old and still struggling with my Testimony.

I had a Testimony of Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon, Baptism, Prayer, Temple work, and all the basics of the Gospel... But when it came to other aspects of our church, I tried to get a testimony of them but nothing came. I figure I just wasn't ready for it yet.

I remember being re-baptized and feeling nothing. No warmth, just empty. I had a hard time with it. I knew my Savior wasn't happy with me and therefore didn't accept it. If he accepted it, I would have felt something... anything! I tried to live my life as if I was forgiven of my sins. Maybe it was a test and the confirmation and warmth would come later. I soon let it all pass and just lived the best life I could.

More times then I can count did I expect to "feel" something spiritual and nothing came. I just chalked it up to "you're not ready yet" and moved on. One day I would be forgiven of my sins and be able to join my Father in Heaven in the Celestial Kingdom. I would not be deterred!!


Update 11-9-12

This will probably be a good time to talk a little bit about feelings relating to religion. We were taught to pray and wait for a warmth.. a warm feeling as being an answer to a prayer. It's usually called a "burning of the bosom". I received this burning when others talked about Joseph Smith, Prayed about the Book of Mormon, Polygamy, Temple Work (That I was never able to take part in as a polygamist because they never did it accept in marriage)  One thing we weren't taught is that the bible warns of such feelings. You can get those same kinds of feelings when your given a gift, or excited about something. Those feelings are something that is not consistent and are different for each individual at different stages in life. How can we trust something so inconsistent when it comes to spiritual answers and eternal salvation?

You can't always trust your feelings, because feelings have nothing to do with the facts of God's Word. Feelings come, feelings go. And feelings can fool you. Trust the facts, not your feelings.

Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and is exceedingly corrupt. Who can know it?

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Have to Lift the Weight!

I decided it was time I tell Brian I'm not who he thinks I am. I'm 16 and I have to know if he will accept me for who I am. I've changed and turned my life around. Will he still accept me, knowing I'm not "pure"?

We were on the way to someones house to help them move something. It's kind of vague because my mind was on other things. How do I say it? How do I deal with this if he wants nothing to do with someone who's not "pure"? I figure it's best to just get through with it and move on if I must!

We pull up to the house and I say, "I have something to tell you, Brian. It may hurt you but I have to tell you." I have his full attention. *deep breath* The tears start to flow! I'm frightened! I can't get the words to come out. He pries a little and I say them, looking into his eyes. "I'm not a virgin."

He was amazingly calm. His next reply took me back. He said "I know." His next reply took me even more by surprise! He said something about how he had a voice come to his mind telling him that's what I was going to say, and that It was not my fault. In my mind I was shocked and didn't believe what I was hearing. How did he know? Why did he not think it wasn't my fault? Who told him? How much did he know? I felt totally exposed and uncomfortable!

It wasn't till later when we got back into the car to go home did we talk about it exactly. My biggest fears about our relationship had been lifted off my shoulders. He learned a little bit about my childhood and my choices as I got older and still wanted to continue our relationship! I was preparing for the worst and received the best! Our friendship and relationship hit another level of trust and love!

The Start of a beautiful relationship.

Church is wonderful! Friends are great! Family... well not everything can be good.

Love the messages I'm learning at church but the main reason I'm going is to see the man I know I'm suppose to marry. I love his jokes and his laugh. The way he cares for me and cares about me. He drove from Herriman all the way to Kearns every Sunday to pick me up for Sunday school then to Church. I loved the long car rides we had. The time to talk and get to know each other more. Brian took me out to eat every Sunday. I was very underweight and felt I never got enough to eat at home. But I never said anything to him about it because I didn't know anything different.

Keep in mind, I'm now 14. He's 22. We didn't "date" yet but did go out on "Group Dates". My Step Father told Brian to promise him that he would not kiss me till I was 16. Brian took me to the circus, the fair, Lagoon, Afterglow concerts, Plays his best friend was in and many trips to Temple Square in Down town SLC. I was in heaven. We didn't do much as children so this was a new life with new fun things to discover! Brian truly opened up a new world for me.

One day, I was jumping in and out of my bedroom window, filling my water bed. Brian was in the room with me. I jumped in and smacked my knee on the window seal. It hurt so bad I could not stop crying! Brian was being such a wonderful gentleman. Consoling me then He said out of the blue! "I Love you!" I was totally taken back and my knee stopped hurting! I said "I love you too!" He then started saying things like "Why did I say that? I need to go." and was gone!! I was on cloud nine!!

I remember, it was Valentines Day. I'm a month and a half from my 15th Birthday. Brian picks me up to take me out on a "Group date" to see Afterglow, Love notes. He has balloons, flowers and black hills gold necklace waiting for me after the concert. I felt so overwhelmed! I grabbed him and kissed him on the cheek, remembering his promise to my Step-father. Then looked into his eyes and kissed him on his lips. He didn't kiss me back and I understood why.

The next day was the Valentines Day Dance down at "The Building" (The church house we attended) Brian picked me up and we drove to his house in Herriman. There, he got ready for the dance and we got a bite to eat. It was that day, that we kissed for the first time!

It was a wonderful time on our lives! I was glad we broke that promise Brian made to my step-father and even more glad later on!

Brian picked me up for another Dance where you dressed up in 60's clothing. (I'm now 16 years old) Brian stopped off at one of the other Mothers homes to talk to Step-father. I sat in the car as they talked. Brian got into the car and told me he was concerned about something step-father told him. Step Father said that Brian was to good for me and I didn't deserve him. Brian then counters with "I'll be the judge of that." He then got into the car and went on telling me how I needed to treat step-father better and treat him like the "Patriarch" He is. My next comment was "Then he needs to ACT like one"

That drive to the dance, Brian received an earful! He now understood why I had such a cold relationship with my step-father and why I've said some of the things I said about him. Tears flowed as I brought Brian into our dark family life. I prayed It would not scare him away. He still knows nothing of my personal dark past.