Friday, June 5, 2009

The Secret of a Happy Marriage

“I have long felt that happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley. “That involves a willingness to overlook weaknesses and mistakes.”

“The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other,” taught President Ezra Taft Benson. “The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development. Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth.”
(“Strengthening the Family: A Solemn Responsibility to Love and Care,” Ensign, July 2005)

Mosiah 18:21:
“And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.”

I like the thought of “hearts being knit together”, a weaving of attributes and characteristics, which sometimes looks like it’s going in different directions, but is really an overlooking of weakness, underpinned with service – which when put together creates something that is warm, beautiful and lasting.

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