Kami Shoell attended the Willow Creek YSA Ward and had a soft spot in her heart for Mark.
One night at Ward Prayer, Mark told Kami’s father (who was a ward clerk so attended these functions) that he needed to talk to him and then took him down the hall where they could have some privacy. Mark told her father that he wanted to marry Kami for time and all eternity and that he wanted to ask his permission so he could ask her to marry him. He told her father that he would take good care of her and that he was a good priesthood man. Kami’s father was surprised at Mark’s request and asked him if he had ever even been on a date with Kami. Mark didn’t seem to think that mattered, but her father tried to persuade him that it did.
Her parents had to leave the ward prayer soon after Mark’s request. Right after they left Mark went to Kami and got down on one knee in front of everyone and told her he had talked to her dad and that he wanted her to marry her for time and all eternity.
Kami told Mark that she was flattered but that she was in love with someone else and that it wouldn’t be fair to marry Mark. Mark got a little indignant and wanted to know who else she was in love with. She told him David Archuletta (which wasn’t a lie. She was as obsessed with David Archuletta as Mark was with Texas Ranger). Mark demanded to know why she loved David Archuletta and she said, “Have you ever heard him sing. He’s the best singer?” Mark stomped his boots and said “but I am the best cowboy!)