We’ve been counseled to strengthen our families and marriages, and one of the best (and, I would say, necessary) ways to do that is to have a weekly date. It doesn’t have to always be on the same night, but it’s helpful to pencil in one night each week on your calendars ahead of time; you can always change the night later if a conflict comes up. The important thing is that you just take time to reconnect. (more…)
What is the difference between a marriage covenant and a marriage contract? And why is the distinction important?
A covenant is, indeed, an oath and an agreement, but its purpose is not the satisfaction of ‘needs’ or the self-interested exchange of goods. It is a commitment to completely dedicate ourselves to serve the Other. …The truth is that marriage isn’t all about our individual happiness. Rather, it is a chance to live outside of ourselves and to lose ourselves for the sake of the Other. Love is about risk, and a covenant is an opportunity to commit our entire self to the other with no guarantee of anything in return.
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When someone dies, their family is flooded with meals and flowers. But when a couple divorces, people can turn away out of discomfort because they don’t know what to say. If you’ve gone through a divorce, what did others do to help–or hinder–your healing? How can all of us better mourn with those who mourn and comfort those who need comfort?
From the blog Segullah, Marintha contemplates the divorce of a fellow sister, Kellie George. Kellie writes:
The Coffin lies before me, rude and glossy and solemn. It’s smaller than I thought it would be. It should be much large for what it holds—nearly thirteen years of memories. And my heart. Our dreams, unmet. And my life as it was, before. Who is going to carry it? Can it be lifted? Can it be borne? (more…)
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From Lisa Rumsey Harris, who teaches honors writing part-time at BYU, comes this personal essay about the redeeming power of her husband’s love.
My husband formally asked my father for permission to marry me while they were sitting in the cab of 1979 Brown Ford Explorer. Basically, in that truck, my father took out all of my foibles and idiosyncrasies, held each up to the light, and then lovingly packed all of my emotional baggage into a tight little suitcase. Then he snapped the clasps shut and handed it to my future husband.
The word that Dad kept using was “fragile.” Lisa is fragile. Like an explosive. Or an egg. Or the crazy leg lamp from “A Christmas Story.”
Read the rest on the blog Segullah.
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yourLDSneighborhood News for Friday, 7 October, 2011
The Wilting Rose of Office Romance
by Cindy (C.L.) Beck
What are the rules for office romance? Are there any rules? Do we get involved when this happens at the workplace? Do we stay clear?
Read Cindy’s take on this subject, and then let us know what you think. (more…)
In our Personal Touch with Rebecca Cressman segment, she interviews Sheralyn Pratt. Sheralyn Pratt graduated from the University of Utah in Communications. She’s best known for creating the private investigator book series featuring the young, fearless, and slightly impulsive California character, Rhea Jensen. (more…)
In today’s Neighborhood News, Lu Ann Staheli brings to us her insights on “A Good Husband“: “Love begets love, and unless we remain aware of the ways we treat each other, we may find ourselves moving apart instead of staying together. This can also be true within families and friendships, not just with romantic relationships and marriages.” (more…)
In today’s Personal Touch interview, Rebecca Cressman interviews Doug Nielsen. Doug has been speaking to audiences about taking ownership of their lives and relationships for 17 years. He’s the author of Take Life By The Helm! Proven Strategies for Gaining Control and says it was a chance meeting with author Victor Frankl that changed his own life and perspective. (more…)