Periodically in my articles I like to highlight quotes that modern prophets/official church sources have to say about important and relevant topics, especially relationships and marriage related topics. In this article I want to share some clear, straight forward quotes on marriage that I hope they can be useful and informative. The main idea is that in spite of worldly attitudes, marriage is still ideal, is important to strive for, and is ordained of God. Please continue to pursue this blessing. I came across a good web page (from comeuntochrist.org) describing the importance of marriage in plain, simple terms for new members/those investigating the church. I have pulled from there what I felt were the more useful quotes and information. I hope you find these ideas useful and helpful as well.
The blessings of marriage can still come, so have faith and keep trying:
We aren’t all given the opportunity to be married in this life. And we don’t all have marriages that last. Not all children are born to a married mother and father, and not all who are married are able to have children. But God loves every one of His children. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, if we are faithful to God, He will compensate for every loss or deprivation we experience in this life (Revelation 7:17). When you turn to Him, you will be rewarded with happiness and peace now and after death. As we give ourselves to Him completely, we will each have the opportunity to receive everything that our Heavenly Father has.
The importance of love and selflessness in marriage:
The Bible teaches, “Husbands, love your wives” (Ephesians 5:25) and “teach the young women . . . to love their husbands” (Titus 2:4). Love within marriage can be deeper and more selfless than within any other relationship. It is this type of love that Jesus expects of His followers, and it is the virtue that couples need the most.
The Savior taught, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Couples can learn a powerful lesson from this teaching. As a spouse, you are expected to essentially lay down your old life and to sacrifice many of your personal desires for your closest friend—your husband or wife. The more you are able to put your spouse first and keep your focus on the success of your partnership, the stronger your marriage will be.
Sex is important in a marriage, and not just to have children:
Marriage involves spiritual, emotional, and physical closeness. In the Old Testament, we are taught, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Married couples are meant to be unified in every possible way.
Sexual intimacy is an expression of love that brings happiness and unity into a marriage. It is also the power by which married couples can “multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Intimacy is a blessing that can lead to the incomparable joy of children as part of the eternal family unit.
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