After I was named The Mormon Bachelor for this season I knew that I would have the chance to date some amazing women. This had never been clearer in the journey than when I opened the door to date #5 - Sharla. Sharla has such a positive and beautiful attitude toward everything and I knew that she would be one of my favorite dates. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Los Angeles and the weather was more than ideal for what Sharla had planned for us.
Being so near to the 4th of July I knew that fireworks or 4th festivities would be worked in somehow to one of my 12 dates. Sharla directed us down to Santa Monica college where they were having a free concert and fireworks show. From the beginning of the date it was very easy to be around Sharla because she has a sweet and sassy personality with a lot of amazing qualities. It was super easy to see that I had instantaneous physical chemistry with her, which is really important to me, and that was very apparent throughout the entire date. We couldn't stop touching each other's arms or hugging the entire night. It felt so natural to be affectionate with Sharla but more than that - I felt sparks.
It all started when we arrived at SMC and Sharla made the move to hold my hand which kind of caught me off guard a little bit but in a good way. We laughed and continued our conversation all the way to the grounds where we laid our blanket down. The music was fun and it was magnified by the time spent with Sharla dancing and goofing off amidst crowds of random people. We then went to the food trucks and spent an endless amount of time standing in line wondering if the line would ever start moving. I didn't mind really because it seemed like we had so much to talk about. It never became dull and there was no awkward silence. We made our food order just in time for the fireworks show which was hands down one of the greatest firework displays that I have ever seen. It went on for a good 15 minutes and I couldn’t have asked for someone more wonderful to share it with than Sharla. After all was said and done we made our way slowly back to the car and continued to just get to know each other. The drive back was just as pleasant as the rest of the date and if you ask me I wish I could have spent a little more time with her. It was easy and natural to be around Sharla and nothing felt forced in the least. There may have been friends who speculated that there was some kissing behind the scenes of the camera. I have never been one to kiss and tell so I cannot confirm such rumors, but I can say that I would have felt comfortable kissing Sharla even though it is not my norm for a first date. I was definitely taken by this beautiful girl.
Sharla was an absolute blast and there is no doubt in my mind that I want to bring her back for a second date but we will just have to wait and see what happens.