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Under Durham's tutelage, Aimee was discovered to have a unique ability in the interpretation of speaking in tongues, translating with stylistic eloquence.
Aimee Semple and her second husband Harold Mc Pherson.
She decided to dedicate her life to both God and Robert, and after a short courtship, they were married on August 12, 1908, in a Salvation Army ceremony, pledging never to allow their marriage to lessen their devotion to God, affection for comrades, or faithfulness in the Army.
The pair's notion of "Army" was very broad, encompassing much more than just the Salvation Army.
Mc Pherson's articulation of the United States as a nation founded and sustained by divine inspiration continues to be echoed by many pastors in churches today.
News coverage sensationalized her misfortunes with family and church members; particularly inflaming accusations she had fabricated her reported kidnapping, turning it into a national spectacle..
After a few months they moved to Chicago and became part of William Durham's Full Gospel Assembly.
Durham earlier had visited the mission where the Azusa Street Revival was taking place, returned and applied its teachings.
As a child she would play "Salvation Army" with her classmates, and at home she would gather a congregation with her dolls, giving them a sermon.Robert also contracted dysentery, of which he died in Hong Kong.Aimee recovered and gave birth to their daughter, Roberta Star Semple, as a 19-year-old widow.On board a ship returning to the United States, Aimee Semple started a Sunday school class, then held other services, as well, oftentimes mentioning her late husband in her sermons; almost all passengers attended.
Shortly after her recuperation in the United States, Semple joined her mother Minnie working with the Salvation Army.While in New York City, she met Harold Stewart Mc Pherson, an accountant.