Tag: Marriage

Choosing a spouse

It’s probably the most important decision you’ll make in this life — who you marry. It’s not that easy. I have four sons and one daughter. When they were gathered home one week, we talked about choosing a mate.   What do you look for? How do you choose someone that is a good match? In Mormon life, we hope to marry for eternity. In our family, we hope to find a spouse that is a soulmate, as well. At the time, two of my sons were married and they eagerly chimed in with advice for their younger brother...

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Understanding the visual man

Men are visual. Dennis Prager, conservative talk show host, likes to explain this to women. Since communication and understanding are essential in a good marriage, learning that men and women are different is one of the keys. I think it helps to understand the visual man. Prager wants to come clean, no more secrets. He explains that men are reluctant to reveal this visual nature to their wives. One guy called in on his talk show and said, yes his wife thought he was a pig when he tried to explain the visual nature of man.   For me, I have...

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Men are the true romantics

My husband  claims that men are the true romantics. I don’t argue differently. When I listen to the lyrics of sappy-love songs from the 70s, I’ll have to agree. But, I don’t think one sex is weaker than the other. Men and women see things differently, which is evident in the Garden of Eden. I don’t know about Eve getting tricked and all, but she stepped up to the plate and made the difficult decision to enter mortality. Adam seemed quite content to hang around the garden. I’m not sure there’s any other way to gain this knowledge but...

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On getting married

  One of the toughest things we do in this life is to enter into relationships with someone of the opposite sex. But I’ll be the first to say that marriage is the place to learn. I always get a little anxiety when my kids start dating with marriage in mind. Who am I kidding — I get nervous when they start dating — period. When you’re raising kids within the Mormon faith, you hope they make good choices while teens, and make good choices in their twenties, when they usually marry. Marriage is big in the Mormon faith. But after all, they make the choices — not you. I made a bit of a fool of myself with my first child when she chose her matey. You know, with the first you think everything must be perfect and you look at your own failures and mishaps and try to protect them from the same and then by the time you move along to the next child you realize no one is perfect, not even yourself. So, I’m always glad that my kids jumped in and decided to marry and have a family. It doesn’t make it easy, but it makes it worthwhile. I look back on my path, and I’m glad I took the road....

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Keep Your Marriage Hot

I’ve been married for 34+years. This is no easy peasy accomplishment. I’m not a marriage counselor and I didn’t study anything more than Psychology 101 in college. (Well, there was one class in psycho-physiology, that’s another story.) But, I have plenty of experience. No smooth sailing here, but we have survived the storms and become better companions, better mates and dedicated to the magic of marriage. Not to get too personal, because marriage is private and personal, but I thought I would share a positive thing that we have done to add some spice and keep things hot. I’m...

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