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Bud and Shirley Anderson have known each other since they were first-graders in a small Oregon town, but they lost touch in their teenage years. More than 70 years passed before they reconnected after both had been widowed.

Shirley told LDS Living she hadn’t been out with a man for 10 years when Bud asked her on a date. Though she declined the date because he lived in Arkansas and she was in Oregon, the two ended up talking on the phone every night.

Shirley said she didn’t have any intention of joining the Church, but when she attended church, she couldn’t deny the Spirit she felt.

Shirley was baptized on October 11, 2017, five days after Bud and Shirley were married, at age 89.

“I just feel that by being baptized, I have been forgiven, and I feel free again. I feel it was something that washed away all of those other things that had been troubling me. I don’t worry about them. I don’t think about them anymore. I am happy,” Shirley said.

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