You know, the Mormon practice of performing religious sacraments for the dead by living proxies is irredeemably weird to a lot of people. This morning I saw a story on the Today Show that might help some folks to better understand this unusual religious practice.
The story was about a man and a woman who are both soldiers in Afghanistan and were married in a double proxy wedding by a man and a woman standing in for them in Montana (a handful of states have laws allowing for single proxy marriages, where only one party is not physically present; Montana is the only one with a law permitting double proxy marriages). You can read about this couple and their experience here. (At the link you can see a picture of the happy couple.)
Military chaplains do not perform marriages in war zones. So a marriage by proxy was the only way this couple could get married now, as they wished to do.
The marriage certificate was interesting to me. It uses proxy language, the kind of language we are very familiar with from our temple ordinances. The names of the proxies, standing in for and in behalf of the individuals getting married, are included on the certificate.
The bride learned she had been married a day after it happened by reading about it in an e-mail(!)
So the next time you find yourself struggling to explain proxy ordinances to someone, share with them the romantic tale of U.S. Army SPC Michelle Williams Fidler and Sgt. Drew Fidler.