This year has been the most surprising, incredible year of my life. A guy who was just a friend suddenly became much more than that. On January 30th, I felt something change in our "just friends" relationship, and on February 3rd I listened as Jose told me he wants to start a relationship, but only if it is serious and the goal is the temple. As crazy as that sounds, I said yes. I wanted a relationship with him, and so we started dating.
We soon spent nearly every day together. It was better that way. When Jose went away for a few days for work, his absence was painful. I missed him. I knew then that living without him was not an option. I prayed for guidance in our relationship, because I knew he wanted marriage and I was afraid that if we dated any longer and we weren't going to go to the temple together, I would have to break his heart. I got my answer, I knew then that we would be married.
In March, me, Jose, and some friends took a trip to San Diego for my 22nd birthday! We had a great time and I was thrilled to be with Jose all day with no work or stress. It was during this trip that Jose and I talked about marriage seriously. We came back from that trip knowing that we were going to get married.
It took a few weeks for Jose to get the perfect ring, but once he did, he had talked to my parents and we were so eager to tell everyone that we were officially engaged. On April 16th Jose got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. I said yes. It was a beautiful moment for just us to enjoy. Two days later we announced the engagement.
I could not be happier with the man Heavenly Father led to me. He is kind, chivalrous, patient, and loving. He is a worthy priesthood holder. He is a wonderful uncle and will be an amazing father. He has an incredible testimony. He is my best friend. I am so honored to be able to call him mine, and I am so excited to be sealed to him for time and all eternity. I love you Jose.