By Kent Larsen
LDS Man's Romance Described Ahead of his Marriage Today
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS -- Former LDS missionary Lee Shouse, who will wed
Michelle Rayl today, is taking advantage of a Valentine's Day Marriage
Marathon put on for free at Unity Village. The Kansas City Star told the
stories of the romances of three couples of the more than 30 couples that
were planning to wed there today -- all at no charge.
Shouse met Rayl when a mutual friend played matchmaker and helped the couple
overcome the roadblocks to their meeting. Rayl was working for months at a
time in New York City for Prudential, while Shouse worked in computer
technical support in Kansas City. Because of the distance, they ended up
meeting by email, and met in person first two months later, for dinner.
Shouse had written to Rayl saying that he guaranteed he would make her laugh
in the first five minutes, and he delivered. Over time, their relationship
blossomed. Rayl realized that she was in love with Shouse when his mother
died unexpectedly of a heart attack, and she was there to help him get
through the grief. That made her think about their relationship and led her
to to turn down an offer of a permanent job in New York, in favor of the
After Shouse proposed, Rayl heard on the radio about Unity's offer of a free
wedding, and decided it would fit what they needed. "I didn't want a big
production," she said. "I'm just happy to go along with what she wants,"
Unity Village gives 30 couples a place to say `I do'
Kansas City KS Star 13Feb01 P2
By Eric Adler: Kansas City Star