If You Want to Be My Lover, You’ve Got to Be My Friend

Friends spelled out in scrabble letters

Dating isn’t just a time to fall in love; it’s a time to strengthen friendships. Everybody knows somebody—or knows somebody who knows somebody—with a story about a couple who got engaged after only dating for a few months, weeks, or even days. That quick jump between dating and marriage can… Continue reading

Common Marriage Misconceptions: 4 Practices to Avoid

People at a wedding holding hands

Much of the marriage advice offered today is paradoxical and negatively affects individuals and society as a whole. Today’s society spreads the idea that the family is no longer a fundamental social unit and that we should disconnect marriage from religion and sexuality. Unfortunately, these ideas have propagated a culture… Continue reading

Marriage: How It Can Grow Sweeter with Age

Elder Scott teaches us how we can keep marriage fresh and thriving as the years go on. Many young people are skeptical of marriage after observing too many stuffy marital relationships and heartbreaking divorces among their friends and family members. Elder Richard G. Scott offers a divine, alternative view of… Continue reading

7 Tips for Newlyweds After the Honeymoon Stage

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. However, through persistence, humility, and love, a couple can maintain their close relationship and overcome the trials that occur within marriage.   For most couples, the first few weeks of marriage are total bliss—love, laughter, and happiness abound. However, that… Continue reading

Dating Advice from President Oaks

Find someone who makes you want to be better. Receiving direct marriage and dating advice from a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t happen everyday. But this past Sunday—ward conference—was special. The bishop and stake president gave great talks, and the… Continue reading

Finding and Becoming the One: Using the Atonement in Relationships

In an imperfect world with imperfect people, how can we choose a partner with whom we can have an eternal, celestial marriage? Marrying a perfect person is impossible—it’s a hard, cold truth that not a single person on this earth is perfect. In fact, we believe that the journey to… Continue reading

Finding the Right Bowl of Porridge: 10 Things to Consider before Marriage

Deciding whom to marry is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make. Considering these 10 traits and habits can help you make the right decision. When Goldilocks broke into the house of the three bears, she tried each bowl of porridge until she found one that was “just… Continue reading

Moving Forward after Divorce

Divorce wasn’t something I thought I would ever have to deal with, but I knew that everything would be all right if I believed in God and did my best. I hauled myself onto my bed, staring numbly at the new sheets my parents had bought for me. The bright… Continue reading

Improving Your Family by Improving Yourself

Happy marriages and families don’t happen overnight. They’re built through personal daily acts of compassion, selflessness, and love. Marriage isn’t easy, and families aren’t perfect, no matter how much we wish they were. Although we like to believe that family life will always be blissful, that’s not how life—or marriage—works. Difficulties… Continue reading