Coleman and Dakota met while serving a mission in the Taiwan Taipei Mission in their second areas. Dakota was the hardest working missionary Coleman had ever met. By the end of our mission they had developed an unspoken bond and Coleman decided that he would call her as soon as he got home.He got home on a Friday and they went out on the following Monday! They met at the Seattle temple at 5am that Monday morning. They sat by the fountain and temple sign while they made eggs in a fondue pot and ate fruit. It felt like they had known each other FOREVER and not at all like it was a first date. Sometime during that date they even held hands for the first time and he kissed her a million times on the cheeks and forehead. She loved it!
After they had been ring shopping Coleman had convinced her that he could not pay for the ring until January (They went ring shopping in November) and since she was at school at BYU Idaho, Coleman seized the opportunity to go buy the ring while she was working in the Temple one Thursday night. Brenda, Dakotas Mom brought up the idea that he could propose with her and her entire 100 person choir at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. When Dakota came to Washington they planned to go to this concert and before the concert started Coleman walked on stage for his debut, and sang these words to the tune of White Christmas, “I’m dreaming of my life with you, and all the things we’re going to do. We’ll go star-gazing and our children will be crazy, and we’ll serve another mission in Taiwan. I’m dreaming of a white April, when we will go to the temple, and our lives will be bright and merry. Dakota Marie, will you marry me?” The choir oohed and aaahed in the background and it was perfect!
Coleman and his family are dear family friends of mine. When I was taking the big Anderton family picture, it sorta felt like it was my family right in front of me. We had spent years digging in mud, searching for frogs, boating, tubing and nearly dying together one time. His cousins were our best friends so there are many family memories together. It was amazing to be here for their big day in Seattle.