The Golden Question

“The Golden Question,” New Era, Nov. 1996, 26

The Golden Question

She was almost too shy to ask. But she did, and it changed our lives forever.

I wasn’t one of the “in” crowd at my California high school, so my circle of friends was smaller than most. I was so shy that I kept to myself most of the time. Yes, I was, as the saying goes, “painfully shy.” Indeed, I was so shy it hurt.

One day as I sat down at my desk in U.S. history, another shy girl sat down behind me. We had spoken to each other prior to this, I’m sure, but I didn’t remember anything about her before then.

As she set her books on top of her desk, her notebook crashed onto the floor beside me. I turned to pick it up and noticed it said, “Seminary—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” on the cover. I reached down, retrieved the binder, and handed it to her as I timidly said, “Oh, you go to church on Saturday?”

Her face displayed confusion at the question. “No, why?”

I pointed to the notebook cover. “It says ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.’ Doesn’t that mean you go to church on the last day of the week?”

She smiled and giggled slightly. Then she took a deep breath and asked, “What do you know about the Mormon church?”

I answered quite honestly, “Not very much.”

She inhaled deeply again and queried, “Would you like to know more?”

“Yes, I would,” I replied without hesitation.

At that instant her lower jaw must have hit the floor. Her eyes sparkled and an air of relief swept over her like a whirlwind. Before long we had set a date for me to meet with the missionaries and receive the first discussion.

I know that notebook did not fall on the floor by accident. As silly as my first question must have sounded, it opened up a channel between one shy girl and another. I found out her name was Yvonne Anderson, and we became friends. Yvonne introduced me to the Church and set up an appointment for me to see the missionaries. And when I was baptized, Yvonne was there.

That day in U.S. history, an instant bond was formed. And because of one golden question, two shy girls made their own eternal history.

Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh