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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A Bunch of “Love”ly Quotes

“Love”ly Quotes

Dating and Marriage Series

John H. Groberg:

tabSeveral months after I regained my strength [after starvation following a hurricane], we were caught in another violent storm, only this time at sea. The waves became so big they flipped our small boat over, throwing the three of us into the raging, churning ocean. When I found myself in the middle of a tumultuous sea, I was surprised, scared, and a little upset. “Why has this happened?” I thought. “I’m a missionary. Where is my protection? Missionaries aren’t supposed to swim.”
tabBut swim I must if I wished to stay alive. Every time I complained I found myself underwater, so it didn’t take long to quit complaining. Things are how they are, and complaining doesn’t help. I needed every ounce of energy to keep my head above water and make it to shore. Having earned my Eagle Scout Award, I was a pretty confident swimmer, but over time the wind and the waves began to sap my strength. I never quit trying, but there came a time when my muscles simply would move no more.
tabI had a prayer in my heart, but still I began to sink. As I was going down for what could have been the last time, (more…)


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The Parable of the Treasure

The Parable of the Treasure

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Marriage and Dating Series

Boyd K. Packer, “For Time and All Eternity,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 21

Boyd K. Packer:

The Parable of the Treasure

tab4Once a man received as his inheritance two keys. The first key, he was told, would open a vault which he must protect at all cost. The second key was to a safe within the vault which contained a priceless treasure. He was to open this safe and freely use the precious things which were stored therein. He was warned that many would seek to rob him of his inheritance. He was promised that if he used the treasure worthily, it would be replenished and never be diminished, not in all eternity. He would be tested. If he used it to benefit others, his own blessings and joy would increase.The man went alone to the vault. His first key opened the door. He tried to unlock the treasure with the other key, but he could not, for there were two locks on the safe. His key alone would not open it. No matter how he tried, he could not open it. He was puzzled. He had been given the keys. He knew the treasure was rightfully his. He had obeyed instructions, but he could not open the safe.

tab4In due time, there came a woman into the vault. She, too, held a key. It was noticeably different from the key he held. Her key fit the other lock. It humbled him to learn that he could not obtain his rightful inheritance without her.
tab4They made a covenant that together they would open the treasure and, as instructed, he would watch over the vault and protect it; she would watch over the treasure. She was not concerned that, as guardian of the vault, he held two keys, for his full purpose was to see that she was safe as she watched over that which was most precious to them both. Together they opened the safe and partook of their inheritance. They rejoiced for, as promised, it replenished itself.
tab4With great joy they found that they could pass the treasure on to their children; each could receive a full measure, undiminished to the last generation.
tab4Perhaps some few of their posterity would not find a companion who possessed the complementary key, or one worthy and willing to keep the covenants relating to the treasure. Nevertheless, if they kept the commandments, they would not be denied even the smallest blessing.
tab4Because some tempted them to misuse their treasure, they were careful to teach their children about keys and covenants.
tab4There came, in due time, among their posterity some few who were deceived or jealous or selfish because one was given two keys and another only one. “Why,” the selfish ones reasoned, “cannot the treasure be mine alone to use as I desire?”
tab4Some tried to reshape the key they had been given to resemble the other key. Perhaps, they thought, it would then fit both locks. And so it was that the safe was closed to them. Their reshaped keys were useless, and their inheritance was lost.
tab4Those who received the treasure with gratitude and obeyed the laws concerning it knew joy without bounds through time and all eternity.

Boyd K. Packer, “For Time and All Eternity,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 21


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Special Episode: Interview with Engagees!

Interview with Engagees

Dating and Marriage Series

Special episode!  We got an interview with my brother, Jake, and his fiance, Robyn.  They’re getting married in two weeks, and we talk with them about how they met and how they decided to get married.

We did mention one scripture:

D&C 82:10

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

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Love, Love, Love!

Love, Love, Love!

Dating and Marriage Series

Arianne B. Cope, “The Eight-Cow Ring,” New Era, Oct. 2004, 37

“And the Greatest of These Is Love”, Gordon B. Hinckley

Jeffrey R. Holland:

Husbands, you have been entrusted with the most sacred gift God can give you—a wife, a daughter of God, the mother of your children who has voluntarily given herself to you for love and joyful companionship. Think of the kind things you said when you were courting, think of the blessings you have given with hands placed lovingly upon her head, think of yourself and of her as the god and goddess you both inherently are

JRH, Ensign May 2007

Marvin J. Ashton:

After a night of intense pain and suffering, one morning a husband stricken with a terminal illness said to his wife with great feeling, “I am so thankful today.” “For what?” she asked, knowing well his difficult and trying situation. He replied, “For God giving me the privilege of one more day with you.”

Marvin J. Ashton, “A Voice of Gladness,” Ensign, May 1991, 18

Boyd K. Packer:

And if you suppose that the full-blown rapture of young romantic love is the sum of the possibilities which spring from the fountains of life, you have not yet lived to see the devotion and the comfort of longtime married love. Married couples are tried by temptation, misunderstandings, separation, financial problems, family crises, illness; and all the while love grows stronger, the mature love enjoys a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds.
Participation in the mating process offers an experience like nothing else in life. When entered into worthily, it combines the most exquisite and exalted physical, emotional, and spiritual feelings associated with the word love. Those feelings and the lifelong need for one another bind a husband and wife together in a marriage wherein all of the attributes of adult masculinity are complemented by the priceless feminine virtues of womanhood.
That part of life has no equal, no counterpart, in all human experience. It will, when covenants are made and kept, last eternally, “For therein are the keys of the holy priesthood ordained, that you may receive honor and glory” (D&C 124:34), “which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever” (D&C 132:19).
But romantic love is incomplete; it is a prelude. Love is nourished by the coming of children, who spring from that fountain of life entrusted to couples in marriage.

“The Fountain of Life,” Eternal Marriage Institute Student Manual.

Ezra Taft Benson:

Had Abraham loved Isaac more than God, would he have consented? As the Lord indicates in the Doctrine and Covenants, both Abraham and Isaac now sit as gods (see D&C 132:37). They were willing to offer or to be offered up as God required. They have a deeper love and respect for each other because both were willing to put God first.

(Ezra Taft Benson, “The Great Commandment  Love the Lord,” Ensign, May 1988, 4, emphasis added)


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