Note: Originally published as “Latter-day Saint couple falls in love again after wife’s memory loss” on December 2, 2019, by Kelsey Schwab Adams, For The Church News.
“I know our vows were more than just earthly vows. I knew of the eternal importance of the commitment we made to each other. Through the hard times, I held very dearly to that.”
“I had lost everything: my ability to speak, read, walk far, my memories — everything. I lost everything, but I never lost my testimony.”
The first date 23-year-old Laura Faganello remembers having with her husband, Brayden Faganello, 25, was a round of mini-golf. They started the date with some nervous small talk and she made sure to throw in a few jokes “to make him think (she) was funny.” By the third hole, however, they were flirting, laughing and having a lot of fun.
“At that point, we had been married for two years,” she said.
Laura and Brayden Faganello, who are members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Victoria British Columbia Stake, were married July 14, 2016, in the Vancouver British Columbia Temple. Nine months later, the couple’s lives took an unexpected turn when Laura suffered a traumatic head injury, losing many of her long-term memories. Among the memories she had lost were the memories of meeting, marrying and falling in love with Brayden.
Featured Image: Brayden and Laura Faganello were married on July 14, 2016. Credit: Courtesy Brayden and Laura Faganello (Emma Skye Photography)