Becoming a “Mormon Nun”
Around this same time, Usha felt resigned to a life of being single. She felt like she had finally found her calling, and she toyed with the idea of being a “Mormon Nun.”
She began wondering how nuns lived and asked Father Seraphim if there was a monastery she could visit in Nepal. Although there were not, he offered to send her to one in Greece.
Usha flew out and was graciously welcomed. “They made sure that I had the best suite in the monastery,” Usha says.
Shortly after she arrived, Usha went out for a morning jog. One of the nuns stopped her and said, “Nuns don’t jog.”
After that, Usha wore a habit. She stayed for two months, and her new friends at the monastery tried to convince her to stay longer.
Usha (right) with a sister at a monastery in Greece.
“Black looks really good on you,” they’d say. They even offered to let her open her own medical practice in the monastery and bring poor children from Nepal to live with them all.
Usha was touched by their kindness but didn’t stay. “After being there in the monastery for two months I came to a testimony of the Book of Mormon even more. I was so grateful to be a part of the true Church. All of these experiences taught me and drew me closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.”
She also came away from the experience determined to get married.
Randall Wall was a 53-year-old real estate broker from Salt Lake City with two unclaimed service expeditions from Choice Humanitarian, already paid for.
“I guess I’m going to Nepal,” he thought. He’d never been, but he knew Bishnu through other humanitarian work he’d done and was excited to see his old friend.
Randall spent about a month in Nepal, working with the villagers and attending church with Bishnu. The day before he was set to leave, he saw a “tall, elegant, very pretty girl” at Church.
“I said the first thing which came to my mind, which is not always a good thing,” Randall says. His first words to Usha were, “You’re really tall for a Nepali.”
Usha said, “Hmm,” and then ignored him.
“I don’t think that I’d been ignored in how many years? Decades,” Randall says. “She stayed on my mind.”
Six months later, Randall received a visit from Bishnu as they were working on another project with Choice Humanitarian. “Is the tall, pretty girl still single?” Randall asked.
Bishnu gave him a funny look, as if to say, “Oh, yeah. She’s still single. I’ve tried to marry her off before but it didn’t work.”
Randall pondered about his situation for a week. “This wasn’t my first marriage and I was thinking I really want to be sure.”
After that week, Randall asked for Usha’s name and then contacted her over Facebook. “I knew from the first five minutes of chatting,” Randall says. Four days later he sent the message, “I’m coming to see you.”
“I thought he was joking,” Usha says. Nepal was, after all, at least 40 hours away from his current location. Moments later, his itinerary hit her inbox.
Despite the distance, Usha and Randall’s courtship only took nine months.
“I was looking for somebody who was kind and who loved God more than they loved me,” Randall says.
“Same with me,” Usha says. “I was almost giving up.”
Usha and Randall on they're wedding day. They were sealed in the Portland Oregon Temple.
Where They’re at Now
Usha and Randall now live in Utah and travel to Nepal every three months for their work with Eternal Hope Nepal, which now serves over 130 children. They feed them, teach them in open-air classrooms (a nice way of saying "under the sun on the ground" Usha says), and then pay for uniforms and tuition for the kids to attend public school once they’re up to the appropriate grade level. They also teach parents the importance of education and why they should not marry their children off at such tender ages.
An "open-air" classroom in Nepal.
Even once a child is admitted to public school, they keep careful watch over them because, as “untouchables,” they are frequently beaten or asked to trade sexual favors for supplies such as sanitary napkins. Because of Eternal Hope Nepal, however, such incidents are happening less frequently.
“They don’t want to upset Dr. Usha or the foreigners or the members that they know are looking out and watching over these children,” Randall says. “It’s become very good. Now they work well with us.”
Nepali children proudly displaying their schoolwork.
Usha and Randall hope their organization will continue to grow, and have a goal to move back to Nepal within the next three years. “Rich, poor, whatever we are . . . we’re going to make the jump.”