Courtesy of James Curran.
James Curran shares an encounter with a missionary experience in an unlikely location.

Editor's note: This post by James Curran originally appeared on his blog, James the Mormon. It has been reprinted here with the permission of the author and the owner of the restaurant.

Today was one of those days when you want to curl up in a ball and die.

Where want to rip off your clothes, start screaming, all while kicking large objects around the room with your legs like a crazed hyena.

It's not one particular thing that's driving me to this madness, but instead a combination of occurrences that are causing me to have high blood pressure.

Also, I'm pretty sure I became 50 percent more bald today, and for about 10 minutes I think I either blacked out or went deaf and blind at the same time. Still not sure.

On top of the chaos going on at work, I am getting married in five weeks and having two wedding receptions. I'm also taking the GMAT exam in three weeks. And yeah ... let's just say I'm going through some intense family drama.

I've had better days.

Halfway through my day, I couldn't handle the lunacy anymore, and I decided to take a walk and get a breath of fresh air.

Midway through my walk down University Avenue, I got hungry. I looked to my right and I saw Diego's, a delicious taco joint in Provo, Utah.


As I walked in, the first smile I'd had all day came across my face as I saw the Book of Mormon available for reading sitting on top of "Thrifty Nickel," Provo's classifieds.


As I sat waiting for my order, sinking back into my stressed state of mind, remembering what awaited me back at work, I overheard the most touching conversation.


It went something like this:

Diego: "That's a beautiful ring, are you engaged?"

Girl ordering: "Yes, we're getting married in January."

Diego: "Oh, wow. Are you getting married in the temple?"

Girl ordering: "Oh ... no."

Diego: "Really? Why not?"

Girl ordering: "Oh ... that's just not our thing right now."

Diego: "I see. Well, I can tell you that getting married in the temple has greatly blessed my life. What's keeping you from getting married in the temple?"

Girl ordering: "It's just a big lifestyle change."

Diego: "Well, do you love him?"

Girl ordering: "Yes, more than anything."

Diego: "Well, if you can make some small changes, you'll not only be blessed now, but you'll also be able to keep your marriage going forever. Isn't that what you want?"

Girl ordering: "Well ... yes."

I just sat there in awe. I asked myself how long it had been since I had a real missionary experience, while Diego here was creating one out of thin air. It was apparent to me that Diego isn't just in the business of turning a profit; he's in the business of doing the Lord's work. What a rock star. But shouldn't we all be like that? Shouldn't our lives be an even balance of temporal and spiritual? Isn't "... the greatest and most important duty ... to preach the gospel”?

I walked into Diego's with a bad attitude expecting to leave with a bag of tacos. Instead, I left with a bag of spiritual inspiration and a new appreciation for the purpose of life.

James Curran spent his childhood in many parts of the world, including Russia, China, Taiwan and Uzbekistan. He is a BYU-Idaho graduate living in Provo, Utah, and working as the co-founder of