List: Challenges to Marriage Today
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” – Mark 10:9
Marriage = Miracle.
Birth & early childhood – dependence
Teenage years and young adulthood – independence
Marriage/Parenthood – interdependence
It takes an independent person or persons to be in an interdepedent relationship.
5 Big Needs of Women:
3. Honesty & Openness
4. Financial Support
5. Family Commitment
Movie: “Fireproof” – 1st presidency endorsed. For the Lord’s sake, if we’re truly contrite and humble and broken hearted, we’ll do whatever the Lord would have us do. In this state, we’re able to love our wife with a pure heart as the Lord would have us love her.
You’re responsible for your own happiness – you can’t ‘get’ your happiness ‘from’ your wife – you can only share your happiness, peace, joy, and love with your wife.
Express your love often – demonstrate love through service, spending quality time together, physical affection, or telling your spouse of your love for her.
Appreciation – similar to expressing it (outward), appreciation goes deeper to what’s going on inside your own heart and head – really, truly treasure your wife as your most precious of all assets.
Rituals and family traditions strengthen marriage and family – FHE, date night, family dinners, church worship, family scripture study and family prayer, etc.
Self-LESS-ness – The marriage comes first, the family second. Church callings, career, finances, etc. come later, but the SELF comes last. We must put wife, and children ahead of self. We’re holders of the priesthood after all, - we’re on the Lord’s errand and are representative of Him as if He were here. Love as He loved, serve as He served.
“Love is an adventure, not an investment” – Gordon B. Hinkley