To: Bruce White and TLC,
I wish to express my deep gratitude and sincere thanks to TLC for the service you provide. I am living proof that miracles can, and do happen. I have met, and recently married the woman of my dreams. Her name is Claudia Liliana. She is from Cali, Colombia and is undoubtedly the most precious gift anywhere in the world. To tell our story in brevity is an impossible task, and only emphasizes the wonderful outcome. Therefore I am compelled to give a somewhat condensed, but a longer than usual testimonial.
A couple years ago, my attitude was similar to many American men. I was discouraged with the expectations placed onto the American man, and the continuous negative attitudes of American women. It seems that society and the media encourages women to view men negatively. To tell you the truth, I nearly lost all hope of ever finding that special woman with whom I could share my life. For these reasons, I decided a different course of action was necessary if I expected to find a soulmate that wanted and believed in old-fashioned family values. Approximately two years ago, I purchased the TLC photo magazine and introductory video. I reviewed the materials, and soon became interested in pursuing this method of courtship. It seemed to make sense, and I was convinced that it could work for me. I then decided to place a personal ad in the gentlemen’s catalog. Soon afterward, I received around 100 responses and was amazed at the diversity of women who wrote to me. All of my expectations were surpassed. Because of the incredible number of responses, I knew a vacation tour was inevitable.
After almost one year of careful planning I decided that Cali, Colombia would be the place. On June 17th, 1999 I left Minneapolis, Minnesota to participate in a TLC vacation tour. A mechanical delay in Chicago caused my arrival in Miami to be late, and I missed the flight to Cali that evening. Luckily, I met three other gentlemen in Miami that were also destined for the TLC event in Cali. We bonded together as a group, spent the night in Miami, and awaited our flight the following day. The next day, more mechanical and weather delays in Miami caused a missed connection in Bogota, Colombia. After spending several hours in the Bogota airport waiting for a flight, we finally arrived in Cali merely one-hour before the first grand social event was scheduled.
Ironically, Claudia was the first woman I saw that evening. She was a translator at the function and spoke perfect English. She was young, attractive, intelligent, petite, and sophisticated. I recalled having seen her in the promotional video that I purchased from TLC and thought it both surprising and wonderful to see her in person. Now I have always considered myself an average looking man, shy in nature, and not monetarily wealthy. So I truly thought that this beautiful creature would never be interested in me. As the evening progressed, she translated on my behalf several times. Throughout the countless introductions and conversations with other women, my thoughts remained on Claudia. As the weekend progressed, my shyness kept me from speaking with Claudia on a personal level. I thought "How can I approach and tell this girl of my desire to get to know her?"
Upon my arrival at the Sunday pool party, I was pleasantly surprised to see Claudia was in attendance. She was supposed to translate for a gentleman and his girl, but they somehow did not show. This provided me with a window of opportunity, so I finally mustered up the courage and asked her to sit next to me. Fortunately she did, and we proceeded to talk the entire afternoon. I quickly felt very comfortable around her and wanted to learn more about her. We agreed to have dinner and talk more that evening. Before going to dinner, I had the pleasure of meeting her family and was treated with the utmost respect and thus felt welcomed. There was a certain chemistry between us. We had similar outlooks, beliefs, values, and goals for the future. Perhaps it was love at our first meeting, because I can honestly say that I knew I met my future wife that day.
We said ‘good-bye’ late Monday evening due to my return flight early Tuesday morning. The next several weeks were difficult. I wanted to be with her and learn more about her. As time passed, we spoke on the phone several times each week and talked for hours, exchanged many photos, and sent numerous e-mails. I began to discover the values in her head and the kindness in her heart. I knew she was incredibly special and I was falling in love with her. I planned to return to Colombia only six weeks later.
The sincere and genuine woman that was waiting for me at the airport was a dream come true. Additionally, I was once again well received by both Claudia’s family and all of her friends. We continued corresponding via e-mail and phone conversations for the next couple months. As we grew closer together, we planned for her to visit the United States in October and meet my family and friends. Everyone who encountered this bright and beautiful girl instantly took an immediate liking to her. She is so outgoing, exciting, and genuinely fun to be around. When I returned in December to visit her for Christmas, I proposed marriage on December 26th, 1999. It may sound crazy to most people that I proposed after only six months, but it truly was an easy decision to make. I knew it was right, and felt fortunate that Claudia accepted my proposal. After her coming again to the US in March, and me going back to Cali in May, we were married in the United States on August 5th, 2000 in front of my family and friends in Minnesota. We both take our marriage vows very seriously and intend to spend our entire lives happily together. We are planning to experience a traditional church ceremony this winter in Cali to share our joy with her family and friends.
Everything I’ve read about the quality of a Latina woman was true. In fact, the explanations I’ve read fall far short. It is my sincere belief that Latinas believe in loyalty, faithfulness, sincerity, are hard working, and desire to please their husband. I found this to be the opposite with most American women. Claudia is my ideal woman and my lifelong dream come true. Skeptics who think the ladies marry only to come to the U.S. are mistaken. I have only a humble home and my heart to offer her, and that is all she wants. My wife must sacrifice by leaving many friends behind, quitting her job, and leave her family to start a new life in the United States. In fact, she doesn’t want to move to the U.S. until January 2001. She feels compelled to adequately train another employee to take her place before she leaves. This is how dedicated and conscientious she is as a person. She is perfect in all ways and can’t do enough to please me. She is the most passionate person I’ve ever met. I am shown love many times a day and in many different ways. My wife is extremely loyal, loving, and more confident than her American counterparts. She is always concerned about my well being because her husband and family always come first in her life. I would swim to Colombia for her if necessary! Meeting and marrying Claudia has changed my life forever.
For all those contemplating joining TLC, or attending a trip to a country TLC visits, I can only offer advice from my personal experience. Please don’t hesitate!! You have waited long enough. Having a Latina who appreciates you and your efforts is far better than an American woman that expects them. TLC is well worth the time, effort, and money spent, ….and
it works!! Believe me, and believe your instincts.
Thanks again, Mark
Dear Bruce and TLC:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity of finding the love of my life and for making me the happiest person alive. Working for TLC during the last 4 years as a translator in Cali-Colombia not only was fun, but also helped me find the most wonderful person in the world: my husband Mark.
I must admit that in all the years I translated for TLC, I never thought I would get involved with an American man. This is not because I had anything against them, but because I thought it was almost impossible to meet the right person in such a short period of time. I thought the couples who found each other at the TLC functions, were crazy to think they had found their soulmate in just one weekend. I just couldn’t believe it,… until it happened to me!! When I first saw Mark, I found him extremely attractive, but I didn’t let myself get too impressed because I had seen many good looking men at these functions. I had never felt interested enough to know anyone better as a person, and thought it even more impossible to start a relationship with someone. Fortunately, Mark asked for my services as a translator with some other girls. I was then able to discover basic information about him. He had no children, was a Christian, is family oriented, etc… Suddenly I felt the desire to know more about him. When the other girls didn’t know what else to ask him, I tried to "help" them by asking him questions that I wanted to know myself!! From the answers he gave, I realized that he was not only very good looking, but also a very interesting person.
The following evening at the Grand Social, I didn’t talk to Mark because there were many girls around him and they never left him alone. On Sunday morning at the pool party, I finally found the perfect opportunity to talk to Mark. He hadn’t invited anybody and was alone. After talking for almost 5 hours, I knew I didn’t want him to "get away" from me,…and he never did!! Mark is a true blessing from heaven, and a precious gift from God. He is completely dedicated and devoted to our relationship, he is loving, kind, loyal, affectionate, romantic, and also my best friend.
Without TLC, this love story never would have happened. I will always be grateful to TLC for making my dream come true!!
My advice to the gentlemen is to travel to Latin America to meet your soulmate. Maybe you can be as lucky as us.
Mark & Claudia