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Sent on Mormon-News: 11Jun01

By Kent Larsen

Woman Watches MoTab, Sees Angel

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA -- One day, Gail Haslinger watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast and saw her guardian angel. Now, when the Choir performs in Tampa, Florida later this month, she will meet her angel. Convinced that she should contact one of the women in the Choir, Haslinger contacted the choir, figured out who the woman was, and has now corresponded with her for more than two years.

Gail was depressed one Sunday over two years ago and watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast to lift her spirits. As she watched the choir, one woman stood out to her eyes, and she had the impression that she should write, "I felt she was my guardian angel and I needed to contact her," says Gail, who has since married and taken her husband's name, Wright.

But figuring out exactly who that choir member is wasn't easy. The description she gave the Choir was the "beautiful lady below the man with the glasses." Needless to say, Choir officials had difficulty identifying the correct person, and the three or four choir members who responded weren't the one Haslinger was seeking. Eventually, she took a photo of the TV screen, circled the choir member's image, and sent it to the Choir.

The Choir member was Karen Jepson, 51, and she was surprised, and a little cautions about responding. "It came from the heart - a lonely Christian woman going through a bad time," she says. "But you have to be careful these days. Inmates will write, and you don't want to get caught up in that." But Karen felt that Gail was safe and wroter her back, beginning a correspondence that has so far lasted more than two years.

During that time, Gail has changed a lot. She met a former sweetheart, Carroll Wright, who she married in April 2000. The connection helped changed Gail's life. And she is thankful for it, "Karen has an extremely busy schedule. I'll never forget she took the time to reach out to a stranger. I really believe God sent her to me.

And when Karen sings with the Choir in Tampa on June 23rd, Gail will be in the front row. She and her husband purchased $100 seats as soon as they went on sale.


Angel answers her prayers with a song
Tampa FL Tribune 9Jun01 US FL StP P2
By Michelle Bearden


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