December 23, 2005
A beautiful baptismal service took place in a river, as a celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth.
My good friend, Mara Priscila Ariza Funes, was baptized that day. Here she is with Marco Reyes, who baptized her, me, and my wonderful companion Herman Killian.
Fast forward almost exactly one year.
December 28, 2006.
A beautiful wedding ceremony took place. I got married in this dress. Meanwhile, Mara and I kept in touch and continued to be friends.
Fast forward to last week.
April 2, 2008.
I got my dress out to try it on one last time before packing it up, and to take a picture of it. (I felt quite silly prancing around the apartment in my wedding dress, trying to set up the camera for my very own photo shoot. So this is what stay-at-home moms do!) I then took it to a friend who would be traveling to Chile.
Soon, Mara will receive the dress! Her faith, repentance, and baptism have led her to the point where she is ready to be married in the temple. I am honored to have her wear my dress.