Quality vs. Quantity Time

Barbara B. Smith:

“It might be a temptation for a working mother to plan special outings and play times as the so-called “quality” time she has with her children. But many are aware of the danger this poses in giving them a distorted picture of life by using all their time together in recreation. It is important for children to see the balance that is necessary between work and play. They need to know that special events are more meaningful when daily routines are established and when assigned duties are completed.

One grandmother helped her grandchildren learn this truth. When they came to her house she was careful to have jobs they could do together; then afterward, they played a game. Then another task was followed by another game. The children learned, as she hoped they would, the relationship between work and play and the comfortable sense of playing after work is completed.”

General Conference, April 1982


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Why Do Mormons Only Marry Mormons?


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The Parable of the Spoons

Parable of the Spoons

Dating and Marriage Series

F. Burton Howard, “Eternal Marriage,” Ensign, May 2003, 92

tabIf you haven’t read or heard the parable of the spoons, I think you’re in for a treat. Elder Howard does a beautiful job teaching that if you want something to last forever, you’ve got to treat it differently.
tabSo get a date (spouse if applicable), pull up a chair, (or car, or chore, or whatever), pop up some corn, and listen to the last episode of our dating and marriage series. Next week we start the series on music, art, and media!

tabJenni and I have had so much fun working on this podcast together that we decided to attempt to write a book together on the topic we’ve been discussing. We don’t dare to make any promises, because we don’t know all the ins and outs of preparing a book for publishing (especially with permission issues and copyrights, since we’ll share talks and quotes written by others), but we would like to try.

tabWhat do you think of our idea? Should we write a dating/marriage book? What would you like to see included in it?

tabP.S. Last week’s trivia was: what on earth is flotsam and jetsam? The answer is – in common use, a collection of miscellaneous items of little importance. But originally it meant little floating bits left over from a shipwreck. There’s more detail on Wikipedia, but I’ll let you go there on your own if you want.


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What God Hath Joined Together

Marriage and Dating Series

Gordon B. Hinckley, “What God Hath Joined Together,” Ensign, May 1991, 71

President Hinckley:

“I am satisfied that a happy 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”

(From this talk)

We briefly mentioned Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages.  We highly recommend it.  It basically helps couples identify what makes their spouse feel most loved, and isn’t that one of our major goals?  Anyway, we enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone.


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Oneness in Marriage

Dating and Marriage Series

Here’s a link to the talk we share:

Spencer W. Kimball, “Oneness in Marriage,” Ensign, Mar 1977, 3

Here’s a link to the talk Jenni mentioned – it’s a fun one, we recommend it!

Barbara Jacobson, “Granola Crumbs and Paint Cans,” Ensign, Jun 2009, 10–11

Here’s a link to the article Suzane Smith mentioned to us in an email: Top 50 Mormon/LDS Bloggers

Thanks, Suzane!


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