He's been married for a couple of years now and we got to talking the other day about blogging, how and why I started Uplifting Love, and how it all works.
During our conversation I had the idea of asking him to write a post. So I asked him if he wanted to and he said yes! Totally cool. So, without further ado, here's what my good friend, Preston, has for us. Enjoy!
That was my wife’s response when I told her I was going to do this blog post for Uplifting Love. After I assured her I would do my best with my very limited blogging experience, we had a fun time talking about the wisdom we have collected from loved ones throughout our lives, and during our two happy years of marriage together.
Growing up, my loving parents thankfully taught me about how important it is to be a good communicator. My father owns several businesses, and would come home and share what he learned about communicating with employees during the day. He taught that it is important to “over-communicate” and say to “say exactly what you mean, because no-one can read your mind or understand hints”. My mother would always be open and willing to talk, and is an excellent listener. She taught me “words that may be firm in information can be soft in spirit."(1)
A month or two before we were married, my wife and I sat down with someone we admire greatly. We were living in Riverton, Wyoming at the time, and were both feeling the pressure of planning a wedding and starting our new lives together. He gave wise counsel, and among other things he talked about how we should communicate with each other(2). He taught:
#1) There will be disagreements, but never argue
#2) Never go to sleep mad at one another
His wife is also living proof of the joy that marriage brings, and is a fine example of cheerful living. We are grateful for them.
My wife and I were then sealed together for time and all eternity in a temple of the Lord(3). We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the covenant of marriage is a precious gift for us(4). After our temple marriage, we had a reception in one of my best friends’ backyard.
He walked slowly through the line up to us with a twinkle in his eye. He smiled and grabbed my hand. He spoke these words with the wisdom of a sage, “In my 60 years of marriage, this is the best advice I can give you...Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(5) Enjoy a happy life together.”
Couples who communicate on important issues, love God, and work together in their marriage will find that marriage becomes a source of eternal happiness. That is what my wife and I have learned in our short time together, and plan to continue to experience forever.
(1)See “What Are You Thinking? By Elder Craig Zwick April 2014 General Conference
(2)For an article that goes more in depth, see https://www.lds.org/liahona/2014/02/young-adults/speak-listen-and-love?cid=HPWE071614333&lang=eng
(3)For more on Temples, see https://www.lds.org/church/temples/why-mormons-build-temples?lang=eng (4)http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=1699267361001
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