This semester I took a class entitled, "Teachings of the Living Prophets". Guys...did you know that we have a living prophet here, on the earth today? A man who is called of God, just like Moses? It's true! I testify of that. I have had many personal, sacred experiences that have helped me to know that the Lord reveals His will to a living prophet today.
I also know that we have Apostles on the earth today who have the sacred obligation of testifying of the Savior Jesus Christ. Just like Paul and Peter during the time that the Savior was on the earth, we have ordinary men who have been called of God to do great and marvelous things.
QUOTES ON STRENGTHENING MARRIAGE
Harmony in marriage comes only when one esteems the welfare of his or her spouse among the highest of priorities. When that really happens, a celestial marriage becomes a reality, bringing great joy in this life and in the life to come" (para 24).
To appreciate--to say, 'I love you' and 'thank you'--is not difficult. But these expressions of love and appreciation do more than acknowledge a kind thought or deed. They are signs of sweet civility. As grateful partners look for the good in each other and sincerely pay compliments to one another, wives and husbands will strive to become the persons described in those compliments" (para 21).
To communicate well with your spouse--is also important. Good communication includes taking time to plan together. Couples need private time to observe, to talk, and really listen to each other. They need to cooperate--helping each other as equal partners. They need to nurture their spiritual as well as their physical intimacy. They should strive to elevate and motivate each other. Marital unity is sustained when goals are mutually understood. Good communication is also enhanced by prayer. To pray with specific mention of a spouse's good deed (or need) nurtures a marriage" (para 22).
It is only with the companionship of the Holy Ghost that we can hope to be equally yoked in a marriage free from discord" (para 19).
I have a lot to learn about how to be a good wife. I also have a long way to go to be the kind of wife that emulates the Savior, makes her husband a high priority, and actively does what is necessary to strengthen my marriage. Don’t get me wrong. My marriage is good. My husband is my best friend, and I love him with all my heart. But we are not perfect people and those imperfections are magnified by the adversary at times. He does not want us to have a strong marriage because his goal is to destroy families. However, ours is one family that I am not willing to let him destroy.
This means that a lot of hard work is required from me and my spouse to strengthen our marriage against the power of the adversary. We must make a conscious and concerted effort to be selfless, supportive, loving, and patient with each other. We must study the scriptures together, pray together, and attend the temple together. As we focus on growing spiritually together and separate, the power of the Savior’s Atonement will strengthen and fortify our marriage.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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