Our Families and Marriages Aren't Disposable

President Uchtdorf starts his talk by telling a story of an elderly couple that he once noticed. They were holding hands and obviously cared for each other deeply. I think a lot of us can relate to an observation like his. I hear people admiring couples who have been married for years and are still outwardly showing signs of affection and love. It's hard to see an older couple out and about, interacting with each other in such a loving way without smiling and admiring them. President Uchtdorf then notes that although he's not sure why exactly he was so affected by this couple, there are a few things that may have contributed to his feelings. He notes that "the sweetness and love these two people shared for one another....[is] a compelling symbol of perseverance and commitment" which, in today's world, where so many societies are treating objects and even relationships as disposable, is becoming more and more rare.

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Having Companion Inventory in Your Marriage

Whether you choose to make these meetings formal or informal is up to you, but deciding to have them on a regular basis will make them more effective. Maybe you want to have them weekly or maybe you only feel the need to talk quarterly. You will also want to decide on the setting for your meetings as well. Do you set a specific date and time to have your discussion and hold a structured meeting or is an informal setting like a date night or late night walk better for the two of you?

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"What Are You Thinking?" - Have Empathy for Your Spouse

I love what he said next! "This situation could have been as emotionally hazardous as our literal engine failure. Gratefully, after enduring the silent treatment for a reasonable amount of time, each of us believing the other person was at fault, we finally expressed the emotions that were churning beneath our heated outbursts. Shared feelings of love and fear for the other's safety kept the hazardous incident from proving fatal to our cherished marriage."

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Marriage for Eternity

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I believe that marriages can last beyond this life and into the next. Our marriage ceremonies take place in beautiful temples around the world and although they are similar to other wedding ceremonies, there is one major difference. Instead of being married "until death do us part" we are told and we believe that we are "sealed for time and all eternity".

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Brigham City Temple Open House

My family lived in Brigham City for two years, so I have been kind of excited about this temple! Not as excited as I am for the Payson temple, but that's a different story. My family got tickets to the open house for an afternoon when Joe and I could both go with them. It was a great little afternoon activity and we really enjoyed it! It was a bummer that neither of my brothers were with us, but the rest of us had fun. This new temple is so beautiful, and we especially liked the theme of peach blossoms throughout.

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