Met on Mutual: Dustin & Catherine

Our version of the story

Her dialogue

The night I went to the temple, I was frustrated with how my life was going. I had taken two weeks off to take care of my parents and brother since they had all contracted COVID. I had been in quarantine with them for about a week at that point. As I sat in the bed of my truck staring at the temple I remembered why I was there and what I really wanted: a family. I had received a blessing before school which told me I was no longer going to be alone. I thought in that moment it was my husband who was coming to save me. I prayed that night to Heavenly Father asking to bless me with my partner. I heard no answer so I went home.

His dialogue

That next day, I had a friend from my mission call me to say that they were visiting Arizona, and wanted to spend time with me. They mentioned they were bringing their girlfriend, and I immediately thought how cool it would be to make it a double date. As my mind scrambled for who I could ask to join me, I thought about Catherine. We had matched in September, and suddenly conversation went quiet. I’d continue sending her messages, for her birthday and every holiday to no prevail. I had felt a connection but was saddened by the lack of such. “It wouldn’t hurt to try”, I thought, asking Catherine what she was doing that night. My heart stopped when she immediately responded.

Her dialogue

Dustin sent me a message the following day. I was kind of excited to talk to someone new and that he was eager to meet. I had remembered him from way before(September ). I had swiped down initially but I activated my swipe recall shake to take a closer look. I swiped down because I was definitely just swiping through but also because one of my ex boyfriends was from where I served my mission. Just kind of thought I should avoid those situations. But I did like his profile. He was sweet and charming.

His dialogue

She had told me that she was at home with her family, in quarantine because her parents had COVID-19, and that she had moved back with them to take care of them in their old age. She said that she wanted to go out with me and get ice cream, but she wouldn’t want to risk exposing the virus to me or others. My heart was touched, so I offered to bring her ice cream. I was so happy when she said yes.

All night long I may have been spending time with my friend and his girlfriend, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Catherine. I had even planned things out so that I can leave early from an ice cream shop to immediately drive to Catherine. She sent me her address, but as soon as I got it my phone died. With ice cream in my hands I hastily drove to first buy a car charger so I could get to her with more than chocolate soup. The night was dark, and while I was an hour away from home, I wouldn’t give up on this opportunity. My original thought was to just leave the ice cream at the door, stay six feet away and leave after I made sure she gotnit safely. That changed when she stepped outside and I could see her face to face.

Her dialogue

The night he came with ice cream I was super freaked out. It felt kind of crazy to hang out with a boy outside my house that I had never met.

His dialogue

She was very sweet to me, and caught me by surprise when offering that we sit together in the bed of her truck. She owns and drives a truck!

Her dialogue

When we finally sat down in the truck I thought it was cute how hard he was thinking trying to accurately articulate every thought he had in mind.

His dialogue

I was so nervous, yet calm at the same time. I didnt want to ruin this moment, but it also felt somewhat impossible to do so. There always felt like there was something to say to avoid the awkward silence that occured in every other date I had been on.

Her dialogue

He was shy but oh so sweet and had the loveliest deep baritone voice.

His dialogue

Together we took turns eating ice cream while the other had their mask on. We stayed six feet apart, but didn’t want to stop talking. I wish that night could’ve gone forever.

Every day after that we continued to message each other. At night we would video call each other, talking, reading scriptures and playing Among Us as our second “Virtual” date. Those video calls, late night talks and laughter became part of our everyday. We both longed to be together, separated by distance on quarantine.

Her dialogue

All those video chats made me fall in more love with him. His room was well put together. He was funny and kind and we just vibes together. It all felt too good to be true.

His dialogue

Catherine would often ask me “are you real? This feels too good to be true.” The truth was, we felt like we were the exact same person, in sync and so deeply in love. We were so happy for the day Catherine got her negative COVID-19 test result, because then we could actually plan a date to be together in person.

Her dialogue

Even when I was on my way to the official first date I couldn’t believe what I was doing. I saw him come out of his car with his shirt tucked in looking super cute and kind of like a dad and thought ,” I’m gonna die” of excitement.

The hug was magical and sweet. The car ride through In N Out was painful. I was in a car with some random man in Phoenix and nowhere near my car. He could’ve murdered me if he wanted. But he was sweet and grabbed my hand in the car. I felt like I couldn’t be more crazy letting this guy take me on this date. And then….. we kissed. It was so good. I hadn’t felt like that before. His strong hands pulling me closer. My body wanting to be closer. I felt like I had to wake up from my dream.

His dialogue

That was the night I had asked her to be my girlfriend, to which there was no hesitation.

Ever since that day, we made every sacrifice to be together in person daily. To talk, to laugh, to love each other. We knew each other so well so quickly, we felt like we had been married already for such a long time, only reigniting our love again. We had found our long lost companion, never to be separated again.

Her dialogue

Ever since then I’ve been in love with you Dustin. Each night I dreaded leaving your side. Each day I couldn’t wait til you got off work so I could rush over and see you. Whatever we did whether it was cooking, institute, movies, or homework… I just couldn’t stop being happy with you.

His dialogue

I couldn’t stop feeling complete without you. How fast our love grew. Within a week you became my girlfriend. After two months we were engaged on the beaches of San Diego. At our five months of knowing each other we were married for time and all eternity in the Gilbert Arizona Temple on June 18, 2021. We remembered your recently passed father Tom that night at the end of the ceremony. Now we have a baby girl coming in March, and how excited we are to meet Eliana.

Her dialogue

When did I know you were the one? Probably when dad called you his son. Only the best could replace him. You have been my rock/ cave because I am osa. You keep me steady through the rough times. You keep me safe from my mean thoughts of myself. You’ve helped me reach new goals. You’ve saved me when I felt like my world had fallen apart. You make sense of little thing for me because I don’t always get it. You do all my math for me and make the grown up calls. You are what I needed and what I wanted. It took you so long but I think if I met you when I just wanted you I wouldn’t have met the right guy not appreciated him. I’m glad we met when we did because I had given up trying to find someone. You restored me.

His dialogue

You’ve kept my heart, my soul. My anchor when things get heavy, and my motivation to continue going. You are the strengths to my every weakness, and I am so happy to be yours. You are my sunshine, my strength, my everything. You’re the smartest person in the whole world. You supported and loved me in my journey returning to full activity in the Church, and helped me ensure priesthood remains strong in our own family and home.  Our sweet Eliana will feel our love throughout all time.

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