Friday, September 10, 2010
Blessed am I.
Yesterday during scripture study our conversation turned to marriage and sacrifice within the marriage covenant. I am so grateful to a dear friend who helped me see clearly the how vital it is to overcome our inner selfishness and truly give all we have to our partner. I shared these insights, and then was reminded of two of my favorite quotes on marriage that I promised I would post for my scripture group friends . . .
"Love, marriage, and family life are not for the faint of heart. Loving, intimate relationships require much concentration, patience, discipline, and presence. Elder Boyd K. Packer notes, “No relationship has more potential to exalt a man and a woman than the marriage covenant. Although marriage is not without trials of many kinds, these tests forge virtue and strength. The tempering that comes in marriage and family life produces men and women who will someday be exalted" (Ensign, May, 1981, 13).
Supporting this idea Catherine Thomas writes, “God designed marriage as a refuge – two people tenderly caring for each other through life’s experiences – but also as a tutorial in love. Each has something to teach the other and the learning is usually not easy. Thus, marriage, perhaps more than any other relationship – because it is more intimate than any other – is our greatest spiritual challenge and has the greatest potential, along with parenthood, to make godly beings of us (Thomas, Spiritual Lightening, p. 62)."