Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Have you ever been able to recognize a virtuous person just by the way they talked, dressed, carried themselves, or by that unmistakable light in their eye?

The very first Sunday of my sophomore year at ISU, I was sitting in my single's ward Sunday School class waiting for it to begin.

I distinctly remember Bill Stanton walking in. He came in through the door and walked up the center aisle, past me, and then he took his seat with a couple of his roommates about three quarters of the way back.

I can't really explain the feeling, but I have to say that it was an overwhelming feeling. He really did catch my eye unlike anyone has ever done before (and not just because of how handsome I thought he was!) I had never met Bill before up to that point in my life. BUT, I knew that I wanted to.

It was interesting, because in that moment of seeing him come into the room, I KNEW, without even ever having met him, that Bill honored the priesthood which he held, and that he had for a companion, the Holy Ghost, in his life.

*This was taken from a talk that I gave this past Sunday, to the single's ward that we are serving in right now.

I cannot even begin to explain the difference it has made in my life to be married to a virtuous man. A man who is the guardian of the virtue in our family.

Bill and his roommate Aaron. They walked into Sunday School together on that fateful day.

Happy Anniversary, Bill. You are the love of my life.


LGH said...

Natalie, I can't think of a higher compliment than the one you have given Bill. What a tribute. I love your loyalty to him. You are marvelous.

'T' said...

True love is such a precious gift. Bill has impressed me the whole time I've known him. **so funny I knew him before I knew you and Darrec!** Hope you guys have a wonder anniversary months, LYL.

Shelby said...

Natalie, that was so darling. What a great and truthful tribute that was. You are both very blessed to have each other and I love you both too pieces. Happy Anniversary! I hope the boys are behaving themselves?

Shawn and Megan Atwood said...

Bill is an amazing guy, he is a very virtuous man. I hope you have a great anniversary this year, I wish I was there to share it with you again this year...hee hee:) Remember last year, I stayed at your house on your anniversary and watched persuasion and ate pizza.

Tonya said...

Beautiful!!!! Miss you guys!

Heston Williams said...

Happy anniversary! Hope you had a great one!

The Teeples Times said...

You too have such a beautiful relationship - I love it!! I love that you feel so strongly and so in love with your husband - I do too. Happy Anniversary!