Kody and Christine met through her sister in the summer of 1990 after she got out of high school. Kody and Meri were her chaperones on a youth wilderness trek, and her sister came back with amazing stories of Kody's strength and determination. She met them the following Sunday after church and quickly became close friends. In the winter of 1994, Kody, Meri and Janelle were living in Wyoming, and Meri and Janelle were planning a surprise birthday party for Kody. They invited Janelle and other friends, and together travelled up to Wyoming. That weekend, she told Kody, "Out of all the guys I know, you are the one I want to marry." He took it as a proposal and decided to "get the ball rolling." On Valentine's weekend of 1994, he came to town with Janelle and we went out of our first date where he proposed. They were married one month later. Together they have 6 children: Aspyn, Mykelti, Paedon, Gwendlyn, Ysabel, and Truely.