Love casts out fear: Couple overcome obstacles as they plan for marriage

Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 9:00 p.m. MDT

"There's things I can't do that I need her help with. There's things that I don't understand or I can't wrap my head around. But her insight helps me with that."

"There is a lot that I need help with, you know, just physically with things around the house," Anderson said. "I know at times Blaine will have to help me. So I worry about that. I worry about like how that's going to be or like, does he know what he's getting into? But he reassures me time and time again."

Overcoming their unique challenges has brought the couple a deeper connection. Together, they're whole.

"When (people) are getting ready to be married … the 'I' becomes 'we,'" Whipple said. "There's all these things that we're going to be doing for each other, there's these things that we know that maybe we can't handle by ourselves we need the other person to help us and in the same way they need us. But I feel like we've kind of had that the whole time we've been dating anyways."

Thomas Kearl, the bishop in their singles ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, described the relationship as something beautiful.

"From my experience with them together, their love is real and it's true and it's eternal," Kearl said.

"They're just good people who found each other, and they're really in love so they're going to be happy for a long time."

Shay Nixon, a friend of Anderson, has known her for years as a strong, independent, happy person.

"They're so in love and it's so, it's so sweet to see how he treats her," Nixon said. "They're so good for each other. They bring out the best in each other."

Nixon said Whipple has Anderson's back, and she has his.

"It's not because she needs it, it's because he wants to, he loves her. It's her best friend."

In second grade it was Taylor Gamble, not Whipple, who was unable to tie his shoes. Whipple came to the rescue, and the two have been best friends since. Gamble said Whipple is always thinking of others and putting them first.

"(Blaine and Sandra) may look like an odd couple, but you know, when it comes down to you're sitting there you're talking to them, it's just like talking to anybody else."

Fear is just fear of the future, the unknown, according to Whipple.

"It's just human nature," he said. "The fact that it's unknown means that it's out of your control."

But he has confidence in his future life with Anderson.

"You don't know what's going to happen in the future, and so you can't really prepare for it other than just to make the best decisions that you can with the situation that you're in in the moment," he said. "And that's why most of my fear is gone at this point."

Email: eeagar@deseretnews.com

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