Missionary daughter pranks dad with fake marriage proposal
"It was so hard. I had talked to him on the phone a week before, and he asked about the mission process, if I had put any more thought into it, and I just sort of changed the subject," Sarah said. "I almost gave something away and just changed the subject to my dating life."
But the day finally came when Munafo's mission call arrived at her parents' home in Elizabeth, Colo. She quickly texted her dad to set up a Skype date, and reminded him that she would be with a boy and that they had a question for him.
"I dropped hints, I had been texting (my dad) a couple days prior. I said things like, ‘Make sure you’re not wearing a bathrobe for our Skype date because there is going to be a handsome guy sitting next to me,’ ” Sarah said.
Because of the hints, her father was worried and even said a prayer before the Skype call.
"I was concerned before it started," James said. "When I heard that it was a boy and that the boy wanted to talk, that was kind of concerning."
Rebecca relayed that having not heard anything about this boy also added stress to the situation.
James knew nothing about the boy in question, but he and Rebecca eventually sat down to Skype with their daughter, and began talking with Jason, the boy sitting next to Sarah. After some small talk, Jason started asking questions to get better acquainted with James, who slowly became uncomfortable and had no idea the entire conversation was being filmed.
While much of her dad's reaction was what Sarah expected, she was surprised with how concerned and anxious he became.
"He adjust his collar, and he avoids eye contact, and he just kind of looks down and has this serious face and even does this eyebrow raise," Sarah said. "So I was expecting all that, kind of, not the collar adjustment that he does. That was really funny. I started laughing when he did that. And he was avoiding eye contact a lot more, and he looked like he was going to start sweating."
It finally came to a point in the conversation where James asked what the big question was. Jason slyly took his time before saying he really wanted to ask him, "Where do you think your daughter will go on her mission?" Rebecca then pulled out Sarah's mission call.
"I took it pretty seriously," James told the Deseret News. "It was a painful experience, but it ended fantastically."
The sudden mix of emotions caught James off guard and provided the response that Sarah had hoped for.
"I was almost in shock because of the turn around and the setup. It was humorous to me too. It took me awhile to recover. I guess I had several different emotions flowing through my body — both relief and absolute ecstasy that she had done that. And also appreciating that she would play that on me," James said.
Once he came to grips with the situation, James was able to express his excitement.
"We’re just really happy that she got called on a mission and that she wanted to do this, that it was the right thing for her," James said.
Because of his previous teasing, Rebecca said that it was something her husband could take.
"So the back story is that he kind of deserved it. You know, the prank just made it really funny that he had to sit there while this guy was going to propose," Rebecca said.
Sarah eventually opened her mission call, and she is assigned to serve in the West Indies Mission.
"I was so excited, my arms were shaking when I was opening it," Sarah said. "I'm definitely excited to explain the gospel to people."
As for James, he couldn't be more proud of Sarah for having taken her own time to make the decision and for the service she will provide.
"I think the world needs or could use that special touch of a sister missionary," James said. "The sister missionaries, in my experience, they were the missionaries that were dedicated and did so much. They touched people that the elders weren’t able to touch, and maybe even the seniors weren’t able to touch. Sarah has some special abilities, as do all of these wonderful young men and young women who go out there and touch lives."
The video of James' reaction was posted on YouTube and has more than 1,000 views.
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