I guess I should follow suit and share a little of my side of the story. Back on a Saturday in 1980, I was born in Amarillo, TX.... Ok, maybe that's too far back. I'll fast forward a few decades...
I never went to EFY as a youth, but was recruited by a good friend to be a counselor in 2008. It was without doubt my most spiritual experience since my mission. I learned about Nauvoo EFY from friends who worked there at the end of that summer. I knew instantly that I wanted to be there this year. I had visited during the Temple open house in 2002 and fell in love with Nauvoo.
I'm too old to be a counselor another year, so the experiences I had in Nauvoo were a perfect way to finish my EFY career. I guess when a counselor is twice as old as some of his youth, they worry we might not be able to relate that well. My last week at Nauvoo I had the older group, so some of them were done with high school and would start college the next week - including Jeri Lin.
My focus at EFY is to get my boys excited to serve missions. So I barely paid attention to the girl counselors, and especially not the participants. But because of the smaller groups at Nauvoo, I was able to get to know Jeri Lin pretty well. And I was thoroughly impressed. But she was young. And from Arizona. There was no way anything would happen between us. Still, we had a great experience talking about the temple and Church history and Joseph Smith.
Then she wrote me this letter after EFY that had me thinking, "What if?" I realized that if I didn't do anything to pursue her, some snot-nosed guy at ASU who had barely gotten home from a mission might. So why shouldn't I give it a shot?
Once I flew out to spend a weekend in Arizona I was ready. My dad has always said, "You Mormon kids sure do date weird." Maybe so. But after spending a couple of days with Jeri Lin and her family, I knew I wanted to marry her. Apparently, I came late to the game. She knew before I even got there. So on my 29th birthday, we were sitting on her family's couch and asked if she wanted to get married. Best question I ever asked.