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Upstate couple sees Jesus in Walmart receipt

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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (NBC) - An Upstate engaged couple says they looked down and saw a message from above - a message in the form of a face that mysteriously appeared on a receipt from Walmart.

It definitely looks like someone peering out at you, but the timing of when it appeared has the couple convinced of who they think it is.       

Jacob Simmons and Gentry Lee Sutherland make no secret about being religious folks. "God is real and he is watching," said Sutherland.

When the couple saw a face mysteriously appear on their Walmart receipt, they say there's only one person it could be. "And then the more you look at it, said Simmons, "the more it looked like Jesus. And it was just shocking, breathtaking."

They got the receipt after buying some pictures on June 12 and they say it didn't have a face at first, but three days later Jacob saw the receipt on the floor of Gentry Lee's apartment and he says it had changed.

"I was leaving the kitchen and I just looked on the floor and it was like it was looking at me," said Simmons.

They both say they have no idea how the face got there. The stain, which looks like soot or maybe ink, doesn't wear off at all when it's touched.

Simmons said he called the store to find out how it could have happened. "They said the only way you could really get it black was to put heat on it," said Simmons. "And if it was on the floor and heat hit it, how could it come out to be a face?"

After the initial spookiness wore off, the couple has started to take comfort in the image they say they first saw after coming home from a church service.

"We had a message on knowing God, abiding in him," said Sutherland. "If you know God, would you recognize him if you saw him."

And they're hoping that this little slip of paper will show Jesus to everyone who sees it. "We just feel like it's a blessing that God showed it to us and opened out eyes and we just feel like we should share the blessing God gave to us to everybody else," said Simmons.

The couple said neither of them tampered with the receipt to make the face show up.

Simmons said he would even like someone to be able to run tests on the paper to see if they can find out what made the image.

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