Camilla, a Cherished Companion
November 2007

“Camilla, a Cherished Companion,” Friend, Nov. 2007, 42–43

From the Life of President Spencer W. Kimball

Adapted from Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball Jr., Spencer W. Kimball (1977), 83–84, 91–96, 190–91 and Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, 189–91.

Camilla, a Cherished Companion

Spencer W. Kimball
Events in the life of Spencer W. Kimball

Illustrations by Sal Velluto and Eugenio Mattozzi

One day, Spencer was looking through the local newspaper. He came across the name of a girl he had met briefly prior to his mission.

Spencer: “Camilla Eyring.” That’s the girl I’m going to marry!

This feeling was so strong that Spencer decided he had to meet her again. He arranged to be on the same bus as she was.

Spencer: I hear you’re a teacher. What do you think of Shakespeare?

Camilla: What an excellent question. It’s nice to have an intelligent conversation.

Spencer had hoped to impress Camilla—and he did. When he asked to call on her, she consented. But she didn’t expect him to show up unannounced.

Camilla: Spencer! I wasn’t expecting to see you so soon.

Spencer: You look lovely, Camilla.

Camilla: Don’t be silly. Give me time to get properly dressed.

Nevertheless, the two began dating. Spencer would pick Camilla up every day from her job and drive her home over five miles of potholes, dust, and gravel.

Camilla: You don’t have to pick me up. I can take the bus.

Spencer: But I want to. It gives me more time to talk with you.

Soon the two were very much in love. They decided to marry. Camilla’s father, who rarely approved of the boys who courted his daughters, gave his hearty consent.

Edward Eyring: You are a fine boy from a fine family. I’d be honored to have you as a part of ours.

Spencer: Thank you, sir. I love Camilla and will always treasure her.

Throughout his life, Spencer W. Kimball constantly spoke of his deep feelings for Camilla. She was his dear companion—a good mother and a supportive wife.

Spencer: Camilla, I’ve been called to be an Apostle. But I feel unworthy of such a call.

Camilla: You can do it, Spencer. I know you can.

And, with her support, he did.