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Summarized by Kent Larsen

How Orrin Hatch Met His Valentine
(Top candidates' top valentines)
Washington Times Insight on the News pg16 14Feb00 P2
By Aimee Howd

The Washington Times focused on the valentines of the presidential candidates for their Valentine's Day edition, and included Orrin and Elaine Hatch, presumably because the material was prepared before Hatch dropped out of the presidential race. Orrin and Elaine met at BYU, but only after they got to know each other through letters while Orrin was on an LDS mission.

Because of the letters, Hatch says they didn't date in a formal way, "The interesting thing is that Elaine and I never had a formal date:" the senator told Insight. "We fell in love through letters while I was on my mission." Hatch said that after he returned from his mission, it took him nine months to "scrape together the money to buy her a nice ring," he says. "Then I told her I wanted to marry her and I asked if she would accept the ring. I was so happy when she said yes."

Howd's article includes profiles of the ways that all the major presidential candidates met their spouses and asked for marriage, and includes at the end the proposal she recently received, one which probably has been or will be copied by some LDS man.


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