The Box

The Box

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It had all been in good fun until she read the letters engraved on the box. At first, she couldn't believe it… When he brushed off the caked dirt to reveal more letters, the realization hit her with such a force she threw her hands up to her face and collapsed to her knees.

The Discovery

The Discovery

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She wasn't expecting to make such a discovery, but then again, anyone who's stumbled upon some fascinating memento from the past wasn't planning on it either. And yet, there she was. Staring at the letters engraved, wondering if she had been daydreaming. Could this be real?

Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters

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Ryan Parsons, Pastor at New Life Community Church in Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had been eager to show his girlfriend, Lisa, the thrills of his favorite hobby. But in all her life, Lisa hadn't expected to find such a hidden treasure when the metal detector made its warning sound, and how it would change her life forever.

A Great Hobby

A Great Hobby

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People have been hunting for treasures since forever. There are tales of hidden treasures all over the world, and now, people are enjoying the thrill of collecting items as a hobby. It can quite a fun activity to do with your partner, which is why Ryan and Lisa were so eager to find out what their metal detector had found. Was it a false alarm or would their finding change their lives completely?

First Find

First Find

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It was a cold morning in April 2017, when the couple set out on their hunt for buried treasure. It was Lisa's first metal detecting excursion, and Ryan couldn't contain his excitement. The first time the metal detector alerted them to something, he scrabbled to uncover it.

Unfazed

Unfazed

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Lisa was excited to be on this excursion with her boyfriend. She loved spending time together, and this was quite a new adventure for her. She was starting to really enjoy his hobby, but she wasn't expecting to unearth some mysterious object from the past that was worth millions! But as he dug up whatever was hiding underneath, she couldn't help but feel excited.

A Coin

A Coin

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Pulling his gloves on, Ryan started to carefully dig until he found something small and round underneath the soil. He lifted the coin out from the dirt and gently wiped away the damp earth from its surface. It was a coin from the 1800s! Lisa was overjoyed that they had found something. But what other forgotten treasure would the couple find?

Digging In

Digging In

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Ryan was ecstatic. That was the moment he realized his hobby might've paid off after all. What if this coin was actually valuable? Heck, even if it wasn't, Ryan was still thrilled to hold a little piece of American history in his hands. But that wouldn't be the only treasure he'd end up discovering that day. As it turns out, things were about to get pretty interesting!

Bigger Treasure

Bigger Treasure

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The couple were pleased with their find and continued into the woods. Lisa swung the metal detector in a wide arc over the piles of decaying leaves until she was startled by another alert from the machine. This find was definitely bigger, and Lisa squealed with excitement. Ryan started to dig and asked Lisa to record the proceedings.

Getting The Hang Of It

Getting The Hang Of It

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At this point, Lisa wasn't just strolling along, hoping to breathe in some fresh air while enjoying a nice day out with her treasure-hunting boyfriend. Ryan wasn't the only one looking for treasure now. She was in full swing as well, and soon enough, she was winging the metal detector all over, hoping to hear that sound again. And there it was! The couple knew this moment should be treasured forever, (no pun intended) so they started recording everything.

Mystery

Mystery

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Then, Ryan made a discovery. There was a large rock blocking whatever had been buried deep in the ground, and as Ryan dug deeper around it, he exclaimed: “Someone buried this under this rock… We gotta document this.” Lisa made sure to keep the camera rolling as he dug deeper and deeper, but the mystery only grew.

They Were Hooked

They Were Hooked

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Ryan had stumbled upon a few incredible knick-knacks and trinkets here and there, but he had never been this excited before in his life. He had the sunken feeling that they were really close to unearthing something major!

Digging

Digging

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Ryan was beside himself, exclaiming: “This could be the find of a lifetime!” Lisa was growing worried now, and whispered "Careful, babe," from behind the camera. Who knows what they could be unearthing? Lisa wondered if there were any landmines in these woods and shuddered. Then, Ryan struck something solid, about a foot into the soil.

Being Careful

Being Careful

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Ryan knew he should proceed with caution. Who knows how long that box had been buried underground? It could hold some mysterious treasure or hide a terrible secret. Worst of all? His life could be in danger if there were any weapons or landmines hidden underneath. Lisa's concern grew as he started to remove the soil that was covering the box. He had finally stumbled into something. He was dying to know what was in it!

What Could It Be?

What Could It Be?

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Lisa couldn't believe their luck — first the old coin, and now this! She could start to make out the shape of the buried object and could see the edges sticking up from underneath the packed mud. The mysterious object was rectangular. Then Ryan carefully lifted it from its hiding place to reveal that it was a wooden box.

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure

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Ryan and Lisa couldn't help but wonder what secret mysteries could've been hiding inside the box. Perhaps, someone buried a time capsule and filled it up with mementos, photographs, and letters. Maybe someone had buried a small dead animal. But if that was the case, neither one of them were really looking forward to opening the box! They kept playing a million scenarios in their heads, but they both had the sinking feeling that this was no run-of-the-mill wooden box, and they were right!

Strange Letters

Strange Letters

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Wiping the mud from the box's surface, Ryan started to see letters and numbers emerging from the dirt, but when he read them aloud, Lisa felt her heart skip a beat. But what could have been engraved on the box that would give Lisa such a sinking feeling of foreboding? – she would find out the box's purpose soon enough.

Hidden Meaning

Hidden Meaning

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The words began to emerge, one by one, as Ryan cleaned the box with Lisa's glove. At first, she thought there were dates on the box, but then a chill shot up Lisa's spine as she realized what they really were. On the old box were Bible verses! Ryan ran to his pack to fetch the Bible that he carried with him everywhere.

Chills Down Her Spine

Chills Down Her Spine

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Ryan kept his Bible with his equipment. Being a man of faith, he felt like keeping it close at all times would help him navigate life. But was his discovery a sign from above or just pure coincidence? Now Ryan and Lisa were determined to figure out what was going on.

Verses

Verses

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“Matthew 13:44,” Ryan read to the camera, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Lisa was enthralled by the coincidence and was overwhelmed with questions. Then, Ryan read the next corresponding passage.

A Message

A Message

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Lisa was completely taken aback. She felt like those passages were describing exactly what they were experiencing. Was the universe trying to tell them something? She had so many questions that she couldn't do much but stare in awe, and then…Ryan read the next message that left her in tears.

Opening The Lid

Opening The Lid

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“Proverbs 18:22,” Ryan continued to read. “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” "Oh my gosh!" Lisa exclaimed. Shaking now, Ryan then slid the top of the wooden box open, slowly and carefully, to reveal more writing. But it was what was inside the box that took Lisa's breath away.

Names

Names

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Ryan read the names on the inside lid of the box, and they were their names. Ryan and Lisa. Lisa didn't know what to think anymore — they had found this mysterious box buried deep in the ground, and it had their names written inside! But what could it all possibly mean?

Blindsided

Blindsided

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Then, Ryan uncovered a smaller box within the larger one, wrapped in white cloth, and quickly opened it. Lisa took a deep breath. Inside was a beautiful heirloom engagement ring. Lisa tried to process what was happening, but then, without hesitation, Ryan says the four words Lisa never expected to hear. “Lisa, will you marry me?”

Strangest Coincidence

Strangest Coincidence

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Lisa couldn't help but shake with anticipation. Anxiety was burning hot in her bloodstream. She would've never expected any of this to happen, and yet, there she was. Her adoring boyfriend had discovered a mysterious box that was about to change both of their lives.

The Proposal

The Proposal

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Ryan had come up with an elaborate ruse to surprise Lisa with a proposal, and she had been completely blindsided. He had gone out to the woods earlier that day to bury the antique box that he'd had specially engraved for the big day, and he had even had Lisa's grandmother's heirloom diamond ring reset in a custom-made band, just for Lisa.

Till Death Do Us Part

Till Death Do Us Part

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Ryan had jumped through hoops to keep the proposal hidden from his girlfriend. He had planned this elaborate ruse all on his own, but he didn't know if he'd be able to keep it together til the end. Every step of the way, Ryan feared she'd figure it all out, but she was completely taken by surprise. But now, Ryan was shivering inside. All that was missing was her response.

Yes!

Yes!

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Lisa gasped when Ryan asked her to marry him and exclaimed "Yes! Yes!" as she ran to his side. Ryan then took the camera from her and recorded the surprise and emotion on her face. Then he said to her: “Lisa, you’re the treasure that I found in a field, and I want to give over everything that I have so that I can have you.”

Viral

Viral

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The elaborate setup and Lisa's reaction to Ryan's heartwarming proposal quickly made the video go viral, and it garnered over a million views. But the traction of the video didn't stop there. It continues to receive views worldwide, even a year after it was uploaded to Youtube. The couple is thrilled.

Attention

Attention

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“Overnight Lisa and my engagement video has caught the eye of the world,” Ryan said. “Lisa and I have been blown away by this sudden attention, but really blessed to know that our love story is encouraging so many people. ” Ryan has really set the bar for surprise proposals high, though!

Viral Joy

Viral Joy

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At one point in the video, Ryan takes back the camera from Lisa, and tells her he's recording her reaction so she can see it later on in life. Visibly shaking with emotion, he then focuses the camera on Lisa, who's hysterically laughing and crying, all at the same time. Never in a million years would this couple ever imagine that they wouldn't be the only ones watching the emotional proposal over and over again.

Comments

Comments

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Comments continue to flood in, with one reading: “One of the most beautiful proposals I have ever seen. I hope you have a long and loving life together,” and another said that it was the "coolest video ever" and that they could never have guessed that it would end in a surprise proposal!

3 Million And Counting

3 Million And Counting

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The video's been watched over 3 million times since it was originally posted, and people are still praising this man's uber creative proposal. Many people praised Ryan for holding it together and doing such a fine acting job. One of the commenters even said, "Dude you are the man. No way I could have kept a straight face. Congrats you two. Looks like your on the right path."

Treasure Hunt With A Twist

Treasure Hunt With A Twist

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Ryan's proposal that was caught on video had been an inspiration to many and had a personal touch that was especially meaningful for himself and Lisa. His inclusion of an exciting treasure hunt, with the twist of Lisa being the hidden treasure, has captured the heart of millions. But what had Lisa initially thought as she read their own names written inside the box?

Together

Together

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At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how two people decide to celebrate their love together. Whether it's a simple proposal or an elaborate prank, all that matters is that two people are willing to share their lives together. That being said, Ryan's proposal was one of the most brilliant ones we've seen in a while, (well, right next to those hilarious impromptu flash mob proposals that were all the rage in 2013) We wish these two nothing but a lifetime of happiness and tears of joy!

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